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July 2017

Get To Know GameSense! MGC supports Responsible Gaming Education Week from July 31st – August 4th

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is pleased to announce its support and recognition of Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) from July 31st – August 4th, 2017. RGEW was developed by the American Gaming Association in 1998 to increase awareness of problem gambling among gaming industry employees and customers, and to promote responsible gaming nationwide. MGC will utilize this advocacy week to raise awareness for RGEW and to promote GameSense, an innovative and comprehensive responsible gaming strategy adopted by the MGC as part of its mission to encourage smart play and mitigate problem gambling.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission releases June 2017 gross gaming revenue for Plainridge Park Casino  

MGC reported today that the month of June 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino generated $13,929,080.74 in Gross Gaming Revenue.  The category 2 slots-parlor is taxed on 49% of gross gaming revenue, of that total taxed amount 82% is paid to Local Aid and 18% goes to the Race Horse Development Fund. To date, the state has collected $158,914,323.86 in total state taxes and race horse assessments from Plainridge Park Casino since its June 24, 2015 opening. 

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A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to horse racing, harness racing, qualifier suitability, licensing and registration, surveillance, and electronic gaming devices

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting comment on the following draft regulation amendments: 205 CMR 3.00 DRAFT: Harness Horse Racing The amendments describe Veterinary practices, set up conditions that allow for the use of therapeutic medications, reduce penalties for multiple medication violations, change the Furosemide dosage to 500 mg, expand criteria for out of competition […]

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MassGaming awards grant to support an innovative recruitment and outreach strategy aimed at increasing diversity in the building trades

MGC is pleased to announce its support for a first-of –its-kind, statewide program that will implement a focused effort to increase the number of women in the building trades. Massachusetts is nationally recognized as a leader in the movement to employ women in the trades; however, female construction workers remain underrepresented in high wage jobs. As Massachusetts continues to experience a historic building boom with expanded gaming at the forefront, MGC has awarded more than $150,000 in grant funding to launch a new partnership that will carry out a comprehensive recruitment strategy to encourage more women to pursue a career in the building trades. In addition to the creation of a pipeline navigator, this initiative will include the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication campaign to increase awareness and support the program’s overarching goal of 20% tradeswomen by 2020.

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 7/13, TOPICS: Construction Trade Diversity Recruitment Initiative, MGM Gaming School, Licensing Division Quarterly Report and Wynn Pedestrian Bridge Study

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 222nd open public meeting on THURSDAY, July 13, 2017.

MGC’s Workforce and Supplier Diversity Director Jill Griffin will brief the Commission about a new initiative aimed at increasing diversity in the construction trades. Commissioner Bruce Stebbins in conjunction with representatives from Holyoke Community College will provide a presentation about the MGM Gaming School. It is anticipated that this matter will require a Commission vote. Learn more:

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June 2017

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approves grants to support Workforce Development Pilot Program

On June 28, 2017, members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) approved close to $600,000 in grants for a Workforce Development Pilot Program designed to fund gaming career pathways for local residents. The Workforce Program is a component of the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund, which was established by the Gaming Law to help entities offset costs related to the construction and operations of gaming establishments.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards nearly $2 Million in grants from Community Mitigation Fund

Grant program established to assist entities in addressing casino-related impacts    Today the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) approved the award of nearly $2 Million in Community Mitigation grants to several municipalities and other eligible entities across Massachusetts. The Gaming Law created the Community Mitigation Fund to help entities offset costs related to the construction and […]

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 6/28, TOPICS: Ongoing review of Community Mitigation Fund applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 221st open public meeting on WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017.

The Commission will continue its review and is expected to vote on the remaining Community Mitigation Fund applications. The Expanded Gaming Act created the Community Mitigation Fund to help entities offset costs related to the construction and operation of a gaming establishment. Visit the Community Mitigation Fund page on MassGaming.com to learn more about the 2017 applications and guidelines.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission issues first Gaming School Certification to Bristol Community College

Today the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is pleased to announce that it has issued the state’s first Gaming School Certification to Bristol Community College (BCC). BCC will soon launch a Casino Management program to prepare students for employment at a casino as part of an overall hospitality program that can prepare students for a variety of positions in a gaming establishment.

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Meeting Notification: MGC to hold public meeting on 6/22, TOPICS: Gaming Service Employee Registration, Regional Self-Exclusion List, Gaming Schools and the Community Mitigation Fund

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) will hold its 220th open public meeting on THURSDAY, June 22, 2017. The Commission is expected to vote on matters related to Gaming Service Employee Registration. MGC’s Director of Research and Responsible Gaming Mark Vander Linden will present a status update about an initiative to develop a regional Self-Exclusion List program. The Licensing Division will brief the commission about Bristol Community College and its efforts to establish a gaming school. The commission is expected to vote on the MGC Fiscal Year 2018 budget. It is also anticipated that the commission will vote on a series of small business impact statements and amended small business impact statements. Lastly, the commission will review and is expected to vote on Community Mitigation Fund applications. For a complete list of agenda items and anticipated votes, view the official Meeting Notification and Agenda.

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