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April 2015

Commission commends Plainridge Park Casino for exceeding diversity goals

As construction concludes in Plainville, MA and Plainridge Park Casino prepares to open its doors, I would like to commend project owner Penn National Gaming and their contractor Turner Construction for their strong commitment to diversity during the construction of their $225 million gaming facility. This commitment resulted in numerous vendor and supplier opportunities for Minority, Women and Veteran Owned businesses. In fact, the project owners exceeded their own diversity goals awarding contracts of about $27.6 million to Minority, Women and Veteran owned businesses (out of $82.2M total contracts awarded as of Dec. 31, 2014).

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A Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Individuals Excluded from the Gaming Establishment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulation: 205 CMR 152.00 DRAFT: Individuals Excluded from the Gaming Establishment Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by May 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations […]

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A joint statement from the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have reached a mutual decision regarding recently instituted litigation by the Cities of Boston, Revere and Somerville against the Commission challenging its decision to license a casino in Everett. The Attorney General’s office and the Commission agree that the AG’s existing criminal prosecution […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to host public meeting on 4/16, Topics include: Plainridge Park Casino Opening, Region C, Racing, Internal Control Regs

WHO:             Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission including Chairman Steve Crosby, Commissioner Gayle Cameron, Commissioner James McHugh, Commissioner Bruce Stebbins and Commissioner Enrique Zuniga WHAT:           The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold its 149th open public meeting on Thursday, April 16th. The Commission will begin the meeting discussing matters related to the upcoming opening of […]

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Commissioner Bruce Stebbins reports on the first meeting of MGC’s Access and Opportunity Committee, highlighting statewide commitment to ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce and supplier base

On Tuesday March 31st, Chairman Crosby, MGC Director of Workforce, Supplier and Diversity Development Jill Griffin, and I joined labor and community representatives, Veterans Services Secretary Urena, Baker Administration officials, diversity advocates and executives from our licensees –MGM Springfield and Wynn MA LLC – to discuss the strategic diversity mission of the commission’s new Access and Opportunity Committee. This committee will work to monitor efforts of our gaming licensees to achieve diversity in the construction workforce and supplier base and offer assistance to our licensees as they proceed with the approximate three-year construction of their resorts.

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March 2015

VIDEO AND IMAGES: MGC Chairman Steve Crosby’s remarks at MGM Springfield groundbreaking

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, all five Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners were pleased to attend the first resort-casino groundbreaking in the Commonwealth, MGM Springfield.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby remarked, “Today’s groundbreaking signifies not only the arrival of a world-class gaming operator here in Massachusetts, but the catalyst for a new era of job creation and economic opportunity for our residents and for our business owners.”

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Votes 3-2 to Extend Filing Deadline for Phase 1 Applications in Southeastern Mass

On March 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-2 to extend the filing deadline for RFA-1 (Phase 1) applications for two business groups seeking to compete for the southeastern Massachusetts (Region C) resort-casino license. The new filing deadline to submit complete materials for Phase 1 applications is May 4, 2015. The decision was made […]

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Meeting Notification: MassGaming to hold open meeting on 3/19, TOPICS: Alcohol Regs, WYNN Design Update, Responsible Gaming and Region C

The Commission will begin the meeting with a discussion on a series of administrative issues including Springfield office space and the quarterly budget report. The Commission is then expected to vote on Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission regulations and on a conditional certification for an independent gaming lab. The Commission will receive an update from Wynn Everett on its Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Report (SFEIR) and on project design. The Commission will also discuss the status of Region C.

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UPDATE: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Issues Update on Resort-Casino Licensing Process in Southeastern Massachusetts

The Commission will discuss the current status of Region C at its next public meeting on March 19, 2015. The Commission will review extension requests at that time and will decline further comment on Region C until that public review is complete.

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A Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages at gaming establishments

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:  205 CMR 136.00 DRAFT: Sale and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages at Gaming Establishments Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. All written comments must be received by 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the […]

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