Timeline: category 1 (regions a & b) and category 2 licensing update

On December 19, 2013, the Commission decided to issue the below revised ESTIMATED schedules for the award of Category 1 and Category 2 gaming licenses.  The new projected schedules are based on the assumption that at least one arbitration between an applicant and a surrounding community or impacted live entertainment venue will be required and that this arbitration will take the maximum amount of days allowable under the Commission’s regulations.  If full length arbitrations are not necessary in a particular Category 1 region or for the Category 2 license, this schedule could potentially be adjusted to allow the earlier award of a gaming license.  Although these dates are based on timetables required by statute and the Commission’s regulations, they are estimates because they may need to be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances or to improve the licensing process.

The Commission also decided that the deadline for petitions by communities seeking to be designated as surrounding communities pursuant to 205 CMR 125.01(1)(c) and petitions by venues seeking to be designated as impacted live entertainment venue pursuant to 205 CMR 126.01(1)(b) shall be January 10, 2014.  The Commission decided that the January 10 deadline will apply even in situations where a Category 1 applicant files its RFA 2 application prior to the December 31, 2013 application deadline.

All communities designated as surrounding communities in Category 1 applications and venues designated as impacted live entertainment venues (but which have yet to execute an agreement with an applicant) must provide assent to such designation to the Commission by this January 10, 2014 deadline.  The Commission decided that the January 10 deadline for providing assent to such designations will apply even in situations where a Category 1 applicant files its RFA 2 application prior to the December 31, 2013 application deadline.

The Commission has required applicants to send a copy of applications (excluding non-public segments) to all geographically adjacent communities prior to or contemporaneous with the filing of such applications with the Commission.  Communities that are not geographically adjacent to a Category 1 host community may request information from applicants by submitting an e-mail request on the Host Community Agreements page.

View the estimated schedule here.

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