Previous Request for Public Comment: MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan’ in the subject line, or send them by mail to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.  Comments elmust be received by April 13, 2017 at 5:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received.

About the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan

As part of the effort to ensure that Massachusetts residents benefit from the operational jobs created by casino development in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created as part of the Expanded Gaming Act requirements that casino licensees satisfy and produce for Commission approval an Affirmative Action Program for Equal Opportunity (the Affirmative Action Program).  Pursuant to the Act, the Affirmative Action Program must describe how the licensee will identify and market employment opportunities to under and unemployed residents of the Commonwealth identified in c.23k 21 (22) and in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development to identify and market employment opportunities to unemployed residents of Massachusetts.

MGM presented the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan to the Commission at Public Meeting #211 on March 2, 2017 to satisfy the requirements described above regarding employment and career opportunities at the MGM Springfield. Over the next few years while the gaming facilities are being constructed and particularly when the facilities are operational, the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan will be a road map for maximizing the economic benefits for residents of the Commonwealth. The Commission looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with communities and other interested parties regarding the plan and its implementation.

To read the full MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan, click here.

For an overview of the MGM Springfield Workforce Development Plan, click here.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Rules of the Game (Red Dog, Boston 5 stud poker, Double Cross Poker, Double Attack Blackjack, Four Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, etc.)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game:

  • RED DOG
  • BOSTON 5 STUD POKER
  • DOUBLE CROSS POKER
  • DOUBLE ATTACK BLACKJACK
  • FOUR CARD POKER
  • TEXAS HOLD ‘EM BONUS POKER
  • FLOP POKER
  • TWO CARD JOKER POKER
  • ASIA POKER
  • ULTIMATE TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
  • WINNER’S POT POKER
  • SUPREME PAI GOW
  • MISSISSIPPI STUD
  • CASINO WAR

The draft rules can be found here.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game” in the subject line or mail them to Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. The comment period will remain open for 30 days following the POSTED date.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Red Dog, Mini Baccarat, Sic Bo, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, Chemin De Fer, Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Double Down Stud, Let It Ride Poker, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Fast Action Hold’em, Colorado Hold’em)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game:

  • RED DOG
  • MINI BACCARAT
  • SIC BO
  • PAI GOW
  • PAI GOW POKER
  • BACCARAT – CHEMIN DE FER
  • POKER
  • CARIBBEAN STUD POKER
  • DOUBLE DOWN STUD
  • LET IT RIDE POKER
  • SPANISH 21
  • THREE CARD POKER
  • FAST ACTION HOLD ‘EM
  • COLORADO HOLD ‘EM POKER

To view the draft rules, please click here.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game’ in the subject line or send them to Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. The comment period will remain open for 30 days following the POSTED date.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Background investigation requirements for outside directors of casino licensees

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on background investigation requirements for outside directors of casino licensees. In a recent public meeting, the Commission had a discussion about how other jurisdictions handle the issue of whether or not outside directors of casino licensee companies are subject to qualification.

Here is a chart outlining how other jurisdictions investigate (or not) outside directors.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘background investigation requirements/outside directors’ in the subject line by Tuesday, April 25th, or mail them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission will review any comments received, and discuss at an upcoming public meeting on April 27, 2017.

Previous Request for Public Comment: New regulations pertaining to table games rules

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed new regulation below:

  • 205 CMR 147.00 DRAFT:  Uniform Standards of the Games

These new regulations govern the authorization of the rules of the game for table games offered for play in a gaming establishment and the standards applicable to table games offered for play in a gaming establishment.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game’ in the subject line, or mail them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has been scheduled for May 3, 2017 at 11:30am. Comments must be received by May 4, 2017 at 4:00pm.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: New regulations pertaining to table games rules

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed new regulation below:

  • 205 CMR 147.00 DRAFT:  Uniform Standards of the Games

These new regulations govern the authorization of the rules of the game for table games offered for play in a gaming establishment and the standards applicable to table games offered for play in a gaming establishment.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game’ in the subject line, or mail them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has been scheduled for May 3, 2017 at 11:30am. Comments must be received by May 4, 2017 at 4:00pm.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to gaming devices and electronic game equipment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed amendments to the regulation below:

  • 205 CMR 143.02 DRAFT:  Gaming Devices and Electronic Gaming Equipment

    The amendments set forth the requirements for a gaming licensee to transfer a progressive jackpot.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation amendments’ in the subject line, or mail them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has not yet been scheduled.

To view the draft regulations, please click below:

Previous Request for Public Comment: New regulations pertaining to Gaming Equipment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed new regulation below:

  • 205 CMR 146.00 DRAFT: Gaming Equipment

These new regulations govern the gaming equipment utilized in the conduct of table games.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘gaming equipment’ in the subject line, or email them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110. The Commission will accept public comments until Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 4:00pm. There will be another opportunity for public comment in the formal regulation promulgation process.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Craps, Mini-Craps, Blackjack, Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Roulette, Big Six Wheel, Red Dog)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game:

  • Craps and Mini-Craps
  • Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • Midi Baccarat
  • Roulette and Big Six Wheel
  • Red Dog

The comment period is now closed.

The draft rules can be found here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulations pertaining to Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the below draft regulation amendments:

205 CMR 152.00: Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment. The amendments differentiate between the information regarding excluded individuals that will be posted publicly on the Commission’s website and the information about excluded individuals that is possessed by the Commission and made available to the casinos. The amendments also add the Gaming Enforcement Division of the Office of the Attorney General as a referral source for individuals to be placed on the exclusion list and requires gaming licensees to notify the IEB in advance of ejecting an individual and to confiscate winnings from excluded individuals.

To view the draft regulations, click below:

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Excluded Individuals Regulations Comment’ in the subject line or send by mail to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. Comments must be received by April 6, 2017 at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has been scheduled for April 5, 2017 at 11:30am, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Previous Request for Public Comment: New regulations pertaining to table games rules

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the proposed new regulation below:

205 CMR 147.00 DRAFT:  Uniform Standards of Rules of the Games

These new regulations govern the authorization of the rules of the game for table games offered for play in a gaming establishment and the standards applicable to table games offered for play in a gaming establishment.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘rules of the game’ in the subject line, or send them by mail to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. The Commission will accept public comments until Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:00pm. There will be another opportunity for public comment in the formal regulation promulgation process.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the below draft regulation amendments:

205 CMR 152.00: Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment.  The amendments differentiate between the information regarding excluded individuals that will be posted publicly on the Commission’s website and the information about excluded individuals that is possessed by the Commission and made available to the casinos.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Excluded Individuals Regulations Comment’ in the subject line or send by mail to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission at 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA. The Commission will accept comments until 5:00pm on January 27, 2017. The Commission will review any comments received.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Horse Racing and Harness Horse Racing

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the below draft regulations pertaining to Horse Racing and Harness Horse Racing. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft racing regulation comment’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The public hearing has been not yet been scheduled.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment:  Table Game Rules Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment from interested members of the public and its gaming licensees on questions posed at its meeting on January 5, 2017, with respect to the Commission’s promulgation of regulations governing table game rules.  The questions are as follows:

  1. Will the Commission require that all games (including so-called “standard” games) go through an approval process in order to be authorized for play, or will it authorize particular games for play by some other method (e.g., authorization by regulation)?  If the Commission does require an approval process for all games, what will that approval process be?
  2. Will the Commission publish written rules for the “standard” games (g., poker, blackjack, craps, roulette)?
  3. What will be the application process for new table game rules and modified table game rules?  Will parties other than licensees be permitted to submit applications?
  4. What will be the Commission’s process for review and approval of new and modified table game rules?
  5. Will the Commission publish table game rules in its regulations, on its website, or in some other way?
  6. Will the Commission permit reciprocity for game rules that have been approved in other jurisdictions?  If so, will those game rules then be completely exempt from an approval process or will they be subject to a modified approval process?

To view the Table Games Memo presented during the meeting, click here:

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘table game rules’ in the subject line or send by mail to the Commission’s office at 101 Federal Street, Boston, MA. UPDATE: The Commission will accept comments until the close of business on Friday, January 20, 2016.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments regarding licensing and registration

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the updated draft regulation amendments below.

205 CMR 134.00 Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations. These amendments include a set of proposed regulation updates to 205 CMR 134 resulting from a review of the past 18 months of MGC licensing operations to identify areas for process improvement and to gain efficiencies.  The amendments set new requirements to initiate a vendor registration, create an administrative closure process, modify secondary vendor determinations and scoping, create a de minimus exemption for vendor registration, provide greater discretion to the Division of Licensing to modify application forms, change the approval process for Gaming Vendors-Primary and Key Gaming Executives, provide the ability for an applicant to prove rehabilitation before a denial is issued, modify the process by which Labor Organizations submit information to the Commission, and incorporate direct reference to the current hearing regulations contained in 205 CMR 101.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘licensing and registration regulation comment’ in the subject line by 4:00pm on December 1, 2016. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing will be held on November 30, 2016 at 11:00am.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

  • UPDATE: 205 CMR 134.00 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations

Previous Request for Public Comment: Potential Impacts of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

The Commission requests comments from interested members of the public and its gaming licensees on the possible impact to gaming licensees and casino patrons of the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the Commonwealth. While the referendum prohibited the use of recreational marijuana in public places and all gaming establishments are non-smoking by statute, the Commission is interested in any potential impact regarding employees in the workplace, use of recreational marijuana in non-public areas, and any impacts arising from patrons or employees bringing edible products containing marijuana into the gaming establishment, in particular, into hotel, retail or other non-gaming areas.  And please feel free to offer the Commission any other observations you may have.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘legalization of recreational marijuana’ in the subject line or send by mail to the Commission’s office at 101 Federal Street, Boston, MA.  The Commission will accept comments until the close of business on January 2, 2017.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Concept draft of 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on the “concept draft” of the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines (“CMF”). Before beginning any final review of the “concept draft”, the Commission determined that it would seek input from the general public. The purpose of the “concept draft” is to receive substantial recommendations from parties to enable the Commission to evaluate the concepts in this draft. The Commission has not adopted these guidelines.

To view the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines draft, please click the below link:

In addition to a request for comments on MassGaming.com, the Commission is seeking the input of the Gaming Policy Advisory Committee and subcommittees, regional planning agencies, host communities, surrounding communities, communities that entered into a nearby community agreement, communities that petitioned to become a surrounding community, geographically adjacent communities, the general public and other interested parties. Comments from other communities and governmental entities are also requested.

This concept draft includes a number of potential changes to the 2016 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines that the Commission may consider. A summary of such changes can be found here. Included within such potential changes are potential spending limits for the overall 2017 CMF program and within the categories of the grants: Transportation Planning Grant; Specific Impact Grant; and Pre-Employment Grant.

In addition to comments on the potential new guidelines, the Commission would benefit from any comments on whether such limits should be strictly enforced limits for applications or whether they should be more flexible spending guidelines.

Comments are requested by 3:00p.m. November 28, 2016. To expedite the comment process, we encourage you to submit any comments to the 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Guideline concept draft via e-mail to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘2017 CMFG’ in the subject line.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to credit card cash advances in gaming establishments

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulation amendments below pertaining to credit card cash advances in gaming establishments. These amendments create a requirement for gaming licensees to implement reasonable measures to inhibit patrons from using credit to obtain cash for use at a gaming establishment. Three such measures are explicitly mandated by the amendments. Additionally, these amendments clarify the language of the regulation to address the uncertainty as to the meaning of “cash advance.”

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘cash advance regulation comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be submitted by August 26, 2016 at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing will be held on August 25, 2016 at 11:00am at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments regarding licensing and registration, accounting procedures and internal controls, approval of slot machines and electronic gaming equipment, and possession of slot machines

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulation amendments below.

205 CMR 134.00: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations.  These amendments remove the application submission requirement for non-gaming vendor registrants to have an employee fingerprinted under the supervision of the Commission. The Commission will retain the discretion to require the fingerprinting of officers or employees of any non-gaming registrants.

205 CMR 138.00: Uniform Standards of Accounting Procedures and Internal Controls. These amendments create requirements that drop boxes, bill validators, ticket vouchers, printer paper, tokens, revenue, and all locks and slot seals are removed from an electronic gaming device prior to removal of the device from the gaming floor, or the gaming facility.

205 CMR 144.00: Approval of Slot Machines and Electronic Gaming Equipment and Testing Laboratories. These amendments clarify the certification and delivery procedures for electronic gaming devices. The amendments describe the notice requirements for delivery of new devices, and the Commission approval requirements for installation, modification, and movement of devices. The amendments also define “prototype” and “modification” in order to clarify what components must be certified or approved.

205 CMR 145.00: Possession of Slot Machines. These amendments update the procedures for possession and transportation of electronic gaming devices to accord with the certification and approval requirements as updated by the amendments to 205 CMR 144.00.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be submitted by September 22, 2016 at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing will be held on September 21, 2016 at 11:00am at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: 2017 horse racing applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission requests public comment on the applications it received to conduct horse racing in 2017. As of close of business on October 1 (the c.128A §2 statutory deadline for receipt of such applications), the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was in receipt of the following applications to hold or conduct live horse racing in the commonwealth in 2017:

  • Plainville Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC:

An application to conduct a 125 day harness horse racing meeting from April through November 2017 at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA.

2017 Racing Application – Plainville Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC

  • Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC:

An application to conduct a 6 day running horse racing meeting in August and September 2017 2016 at Suffolk Downs in Boston and Revere, MA.

2017 Racing Application – Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC

Public hearings regarding these applications have been scheduled as follows:

  • Plainville – Hearing Notice
    Plainville Council on Aging
    9 School Street, Plainville, MA
    Wednesday October 12th at 10:00 am
  • Boston – Hearing Notice
    Massachusetts Gaming Commission
    101 Federal Street, 12th floor, Boston, MA
    Monday October 17th at 2:00 pm

Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, November 7, 2016. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘horse racing applications’ in the subject line.

The comments received and recommendations of the Racing Division will be reported to the Commission at its public meeting scheduled for November 10th. By law, the Commission must “grant or dismiss” each application not later than November 15th.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to credit card cash advances in gaming establishments

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulation amendments below pertaining to credit card cash advances in gaming establishments. These amendments create a requirement for gaming licensees to implement reasonable measures to inhibit patrons from using credit to obtain cash for use at a gaming establishment. Three such measures are explicitly mandated by the amendments. Additionally, these amendments clarify the language of the regulation to address the uncertainty as to the meaning of “cash advance.”

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘cash advance regulation comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be submitted by August 26, 2016 at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing will be held on August 25, 2016 at 11:00am at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments regarding licensing and registration, accounting procedures and internal controls, approval of slot machines and electronic gaming equipment, and possession of slot machines

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulation amendments below.

205 CMR 134.00: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations.  These amendments remove the application submission requirement for non-gaming vendor registrants to have an employee fingerprinted under the supervision of the Commission. The Commission will retain the discretion to require the fingerprinting of officers or employees of any non-gaming registrants.

205 CMR 138.00: Uniform Standards of Accounting Procedures and Internal Controls. These amendments create requirements that drop boxes, bill validators, ticket vouchers, printer paper, tokens, revenue, and all locks and slot seals are removed from an electronic gaming device prior to removal of the device from the gaming floor, or the gaming facility.

205 CMR 144.00: Approval of Slot Machines and Electronic Gaming Equipment and Testing Laboratories. These amendments clarify the certification and delivery procedures for electronic gaming devices. The amendments describe the notice requirements for delivery of new devices, and the Commission approval requirements for installation, modification, and movement of devices. The amendments also define “prototype” and “modification” in order to clarify what components must be certified or approved.

205 CMR 145.00: Possession of Slot Machines. These amendments update the procedures for possession and transportation of electronic gaming devices to accord with the certification and approval requirements as updated by the amendments to 205 CMR 144.00.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be submitted by September 22, 2016 at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing will be held on September 21, 2016 at 11:00am at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to slot machines and other electronic gaming devices

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft amendments to regulations below pertaining to slot machines and other electronic gaming devices. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘slot machine regulation comment’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The public hearing has been not yet been scheduled.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: 2016 Community Mitigation Fund

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on grant applications from the 2016 Community Mitigation Fund.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘2016 Community Mitigation fund applications’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received.

About the Community Mitigation Fund

As part of the effort to help offset impacts that may result from the development and operation of gaming facilities in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created the Community Mitigation Fund as part of the Expanded Gaming Act.

To read the full guidelines for the 2016 Community Mitigation Fund, click here.

To view the grant applications, please click below.

2016 Mitigation Reserve Fund Applications
2016 Transportation Planning Grant Applications
Use of 2015 Mitigation Reserve Fund Applications
2016 Specific Mitigation Impact Mitigation Fund Applications

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to thoroughbred racing, harness racing, and greyhound racing

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the draft regulation amendment below pertaining to thoroughbred racing, harness racing, and greyhound racing. The amendment governs a new section, 6.46: Pentafecta Pools, and provides the requirements and the means of distributing winnings for this method of wagering. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘pentafecta pools regulation comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:00pm on July 15, 2016. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter on July 14, 2016.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Proposed updates to guidelines relative to supplier diversity reporting

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines regarding supplier diversity reporting during the design, construction, and operations of the Category 1 (resort-casino) gaming establishments. The proposed guidelines were presented to the Commission at its public meeting held on June 9, 2016.

  • To view the proposed guidelines, click here.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘supplier diversity reporting guidelines’ in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:00pm on June 17, 2016. The Commission will review any comments received ahead of anticipated vote on the matter at its upcoming open public meeting on June 23, 2016.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Proposed MGC FY17 Budget

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comments for its proposed FY17 budget. On June 16, 2016, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued a request for public comment regarding the proposed FY17 budget. The Commission is seeking comments from licensee(s), applicants, and the public on the contents of the memo and any of the proposed costs discussed in the public meeting on June 9, 2016.

Comments must be received by 4:00pm on June 21, 2016. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘FY17 proposed budget’ in the subject line.

To view the recent memos presented to the Commission on the proposed FY17 budget, click below:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Race Horse Development Fund Split

The Horse Racing Committee, created by Chapter 23K,  is requesting comments from interested parties on the request by the Harness Horsemen’s Association of New England to revisit the split of funds in the Race Horse Development Fund between harness horse racing and thoroughbred racing.  Comments must be received by May 18, 2016 at 4:00pm. Comments may be emailed to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “Race Horse Development Fund Split” in the subject line. Comments may also be sent by mail to the Commission at:

Massachusetts Gaming Commission
101 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
ATTN: Division of Racing

To read the request by the Harness Horsemen’s Association of New England, please click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Harness Horse Racing, Horse Racing, Voluntary Self-Exclusion, Gaming Devices, Race Horse Development Fund, Exclusion List

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be submitted by Friday, April 8, 2016, at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has been scheduled for April 7, 2016, at 10:00am.

205 CMR 3.00: Harness Horse Racing, 205 CMR 4.00: Rules of Horse Racing

The amendments to these regulations update the helmet requirements, eliminate Stanozolol, and change the thresholds for Nandrolone and Ketoprofen to comply with the Racing Commissioners International (“RCI”) regulations.

205 CMR 133.00:  Voluntary Self-Exclusion.  The amendments govern the responsibilities of the gaming licensees relative to the administration of the voluntary self-exclusion list, including the non-payment and confiscation of winnings or wagering instruments from self-excluded individuals.

205 CMR 143.00:  Gaming Devices and Electronic Gaming Equipment.  The amendments provide that slot machines and other electronic gaming devices may operate any industry standard open communication protocol provided that the system is fully compatible with the Commission’s central monitoring system and capable of providing all data required by the Commission.  The amendment also removes the existing slot machine communication protocol restriction.

205 CMR 149.00:  Race Horse Development Fund.  The amendments to this regulation defines the term Horseman’s Organization and provides for the following:  funds shall be divided between the racing associations at the discretion of the Commission if there are more than one racing association; funds shall be paid upon receipt of an executed purse agreement by the racing association and the horseman’s organization; the Commission shall divide the health and pension benefits evenly between the horseman’s organizations if there are more than one horseman’s organization; and the Commission may distribute less than the entire amount of the funds and any remaining funds shall be available for payment in future years

205 CMR 152.00:  Individuals Excluded from a Gaming Establishment.  The amendments govern the procedures for individuals excluded from a gaming establishment, including notification to individuals of intention to place their names on an exclusion list, opportunity for a hearing, and submission by the gaming licensee of a written policy for compliance with the exclusion list program.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to New Qualifier, New Qualifiers Gaming Vendors, Temporary License, Term of License

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting. Comments must be submitted by Friday, April 22, 2016, at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The public hearing has been scheduled for April 21, 2016, at 10:00am.

The amendment to 205 CMR 116.07 (New Qualifier) allows a new qualifier for gaming licensees to perform duties so long as completed forms and required documents are submitted to the Enforcement Bureau (“IEB”) within 30 days of appointment to the position or designation by the IEB as a qualifier. The IEB shall conduct an investigation and make a recommendation to the Commission on whether the qualifier is suitable. A gaming licensee, upon notification from the IEB that a qualifier may not be suitable, shall promptly remove the qualifier from their position until such time as the Commission makes a determination on suitability.

The amendment to 205 CMR 134.04 (New Qualifiers Gaming Vendors) allows new qualifiers for primary gaming vendors to perform duties so long as completed forms and required documents are submitted to the Enforcement Bureau (“IEB”) within 30 days of appointment to the position or designation by the IEB as a qualifier. The IEB shall conduct an investigation and make a determination or recommendation to the Commission on whether the qualifier is suitable. A primary gaming vendor licensee, upon notification from the IEB that a qualifier may not be suitable, shall promptly remove the qualifier from their position until such time as the Commission makes a determination on suitability.

The amendment to 205 CMR 134.12 (Temporary License) allows the Commission to issue temporary licenses for key gaming employees, gaming employees and gaming vendors upon submission of required documents and where the preliminary review shows that the applicant is neither disqualified nor will the applicant be unable to establish qualifications for licensure. It also provides that a temporary gaming vendor license shall expire upon issuance of the full license or upon suspension or revocation of the temporary license.

The amendment to 205 CMR 134.16 (Term of License) increases the initial term of licenses from three years to five tears for key gaming employees and gaming employees.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Suitability for Resort-Casino Applicants

Pursuant to the Commission’s regulations, 205 CMR 115.04 (4), the commission continues to welcome public comment regarding suitability for all current gaming applicants. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Applicant Suitability’ in the subject line.

Previous Request for Public Comments on Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC resort-casino proposal

During the April 14, 2016 meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the Commission outlined the estimated schedule for deliberation of the application by Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC for a license to build a gaming establishment in Brockton, Massachusetts.  The Commission anticipates that it will conclude its evaluation of this application for a gaming license in Region C during the last week of April, with such public deliberation beginning on April 26, 2016.   Given the beginning of this final stage of the Commission’s evaluation,  the Commission has established a deadline for the receipt of comments on the resort-casino proposal from Mass Gaming & Entertainment, LLC. Any comments must be received by 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to be considered by the Commission during its evaluation. In addition to several public hearings that were held to receive public testimony, the Commission also received numerous written comments.

This marks the end of an ongoing request period which opened with the release of the RFA-2 application on September 30, 2015. The Commission held public input hearings in a proposed Surrounding Community (Holbrook) on January 28, 2016; as well as the proposed Host Community on March 1 and 28.

Those who wish to submit written comments by the deadline may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “MG&E Brockton” in the subject line. Comments may also be sent via U.S. mail to:

Massachusetts Gaming Commission
101 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
ATTN: Catherine Blue, General Counsel.

Public comments must be received by 4:00pm, Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

A copy of the applicant’s application is available for review here.

A description of the Commission’s evaluation process is available for review here  http://massgaming.com/licensing/evaluation-process/

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft Section 61 Findings for Wynn MA, LLC casino project

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) plans to consider Draft Section 61 Findings for the Wynn MA, LLC casino project proposed for Everett, Massachusetts at a Commission meeting on March 22, 2016. The Commission held a public hearing on such Draft Section 61 Findings on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:00pm at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (“BCEC”), 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210.

In order to promote greater public input, a copy of the Draft Section 61 Findings prepared by the Commission’s consultants prior to the March 22, 2016 review by the Commission (“Preview Draft”) has been posted on the Commission’s Website.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission seeks written comment on the Preview Draft and Draft Section 61 Findings, for the Wynn MA, LLC casino project. These comments will be reviewed and considered in the development of the final Section 61 Findings.  The Commission will consider comments emailed to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “Draft Section 61 – Wynn” in the subject line.  Comments may also be sent via U.S. mail to Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 Attn:  Catherine Blue, General Counsel. Public comments must be received by 4:00pm, Monday, April 11, 2016.

To view the Preview Draft, and the Draft Section 61 Findings, click here:

Wynn’s March 22, 2016 presentation and MGC consultants’ presentation to the Commission may be viewed here:

Additional information presented to the Commission at the March 22, 2016 open meeting:

More information on the proposal can be found here.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to skill based gaming

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission seeks public comment on the draft regulations below pertaining to skill based gaming on gaming devices in gaming establishments. The Commission will consider comments as part of an informal comment period prior to commencing a formal promulgation process which will include a subsequent opportunity to offer comment including at a future public hearing on the proposed regulations. The public meeting has not yet been scheduled. If interested, please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘SBG- draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Public comments must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, March 7, 2016.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Skill Based Gaming

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission invites public comment on the topic of skill based gaming. Where the Commission anticipates promulgating regulations allowing for the utilization of such devices, any comments and ideas on the subject are welcome, and specific input is requested on the following topics:

  • Areas where GLI-11 as it presently exists (or other applicable GLI standards) are insufficient to provide for the regulation of skill based gaming devices;
  • Whether the Commission should set a maximum tolerance for skill based games;
  • Unique issues involving skill based gaming devices that require clarification from the Commission.

Any party interested in discussing skill based gaming with Commission staff, or meeting in person, is invited to submit such a request. Further, the Commission welcomes interested manufacturers to schedule time to demonstrate skill based gaming device(s) to the Commission and/or staff. Please email comments and/or requests to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Skill Based Gaming’ in the subject line.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Licensing and new qualifiers

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 116.07 DRAFT Amendments: Qualification of New Qualifiers (These amendments will allow a new qualifier to perform duties once a completed application is submitted and the Bureau approves the individual to perform duties during the suitability process).
  • 205 CMR 134.12 DRAFT Amendments: Temporary Licenses (The amendment allows the Commission to issue temporary licenses for gaming employees and gaming vendors upon submission of required documents, preliminary review to determine whether there are any disqualifiers or know reasons why suitability may not be found, and provided that no further information requiring further investigation is found).
  • 205 CMR 134.16 DRAFT Amendments: Term of Licenses (These amendments will increase the initial term of licenses from three years to five years for key gaming employees and gaming employees

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.

The public hearing will take place on February 11, 2016 at 10:00a.m., at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Public comments must be received by 4:00p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Transfer of Interest

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is proposing the amendment of regulations 205 CMR 102 and 205 CMR 116; and the addition of a new regulation 205 CMR 129.  The following amendments and new regulation govern the requirements and procedures for transferring any interest held in a gaming license or gaming establishment.

  • 205 CMR 102.02 DRAFT Amendments: Construction and Application
  • 205 CMR 116.08 – 116.11 DRAFT Amendments: Persons Required to be Licensed or Qualified
  • 205 CMR 129.00 DRAFT: Review of a Proposed Transfer of Interest

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.

The public hearing will take place on February 11, 2016 at 10:00a.m., at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Public comments must be received by 4:00p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2016.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: DRAFT of Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Problem Gambling Services Strategic Plan

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pleased to release for public comment the Problem Gambling Services Strategic Plan for Massachusetts. This plan is intended to inform policy, programs and services intended to mitigate negative consequences of expanded gaming in Massachusetts. The public comment period, from January 6th to January 22nd, is an opportunity for local, community and state leaders, coalitions, residents, and gambling industry representatives to provide recommendations for the Strategic Plan. This effort is being led by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in collaboration with MGC.

The draft Problem Gambling Services Strategic Plan for Massachusetts may be viewed by going to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Website.

Comments may be sent by email to: ProblemGamblingFeedback@state.ma.us

We suggest that you use the following guiding questions for your comments:

1. What specific suggestions do you have to improve the Public Health Trust Fund, Problem Gambling Services Strategic Plan?
a. In terms of how it addresses problem gambling?
i. What information, if any, is missing?
ii. What changes do you propose to the Plan recommendations?
iii. Why do you suggest these changes?

b. In terms of how it addresses related health concerns?
i. What information, if any, is missing?
ii. What changes do you propose to the Plan recommendations?
iii. Why do you suggest these changes?

2. What current problem gambling-related needs exist in your community that would not be addressed by the Plan recommendation?

3. Does the proposed Problem Gambling Services Strategic Plan meet the service needs of all members of your community? If not, which segments of the community would not have their needs met?  Please tell us in more detail why their needs would not be met and what might help to meet them.

Feedback from the period of Public Comment will influence how resources from the Public Health Trust Fund will be allocated for problem gambling and related issues services.

We look forward to and welcome your feedback.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Draft of 2016 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on the “concept draft” of the 2016 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines.  Before beginning any final review of the “concept draft”, the Commission determined that it would seek input from the general public.  The purpose of the “concept draft” is to receive substantial recommendations from parties to enable the Commission to evaluate the concepts in this draft.  The Commission has not adopted these guidelines.

To view the 2016 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines draft, please click the below link:

In addition to a request for comments on MassGaming.com, the Commission is seeking the input of the Gaming Policy Advisory Committee, regional planning agencies, host communities, surrounding communities, communities that entered into a nearby community agreement, communities that petitioned to become a surrounding community, geographically adjacent communities, the general public and other interested parties.  Comments from other communities and governmental entities are also requested.

This concept draft includes a number of draft changes to the 2015 Community Mitigation Fund Guidelines.  The concept draft:

  • Expands the potential use of the Fund to include operational impacts relating to the Plainridge Park Facility, as the Plainridge Park Facility is now operational;
  • Automatically preserves unused 2015 Community Mitigation Fund Reserve Funds for those communities awarded Reserves in 2015;
  • Authorizes communities that were eligible to apply for the 2015 Reserve to apply for the Reserve in 2016, even though they were not awarded $100,000 one-time reserves in 2015;
  • Expands the eligibility for the one-time $100,000 Reserve to include host communities;
  • Creates new Transportation Planning Fund Grants to enable communities to engage in planning for transportation projects which typically take many years to plan;
  • Requires a match or partial match by a governmental applicant or a licensee or both for any specific mitigation requests for assistance to non-governmental entities;
  • Establishes a target 2016 award amount of $4.9 million reflecting that the current $14.75 million currently unallocated in the Fund will not be supplemented by additional funds until after the MGM Springfield and Wynn Everett facilities are projected to be operational in 2018;
  • Establishes a target limitation of $982,000 for Transportation Planning Grants, equivalent to 20% of the $4.9 million estimated 2016 target award amount;
  • Places a limit of $500,000 on the total 2016 awards relating to any Category 2 specific impacts; and
  • Allocates $350,000 for the Springfield Historic Preservation Fund, pursuant to a vote by the Commission as part of its consultation with the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

This concept draft continues the 2015 Fund Guidelines practice of having one statewide fund.  As a result, statewide Category 1 and 2 related applications are not limited to an amount reflecting the financial contributions to the Fund of the gaming facility in the specific region.

Comments are requested by 5:00p.m. on December 4, 2015.  To expedite the comment process, we encourage you to submit any comments to the 2016 Community Mitigation Fund Guideline concept draft via e-mail to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘2016 CMFG’ in the subject line.

Previous Request for Public Comment: 2016 horse racing applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission requests public comment on the applications it received to conduct horse racing in 2016. As of close of business on October 1 (the c.128A §2 statutory deadline for receipt of such applications), the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was in receipt of the following applications to hold or conduct live horse racing in the commonwealth in 2016:

  • Brockton Agricultural Society:

An application to conduct a 15 day running horse racing meeting in July 2016 at the Brockton Fairgrounds in Brockton, MA.

2016 Racing Application – Brockton Agricultural Society

  • Middleborough Agricultural Society:

An application to conduct a 15 day running horse racing meeting in August/September 2016 at the Brockton Fairgrounds in Brockton, MA.

2016 Racing Application – Middleborough Agricultural Society

  • Plainville Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC:

An application to conduct a 115 day harness horse racing meeting from April through November 2016 at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA.

2016 Racing Application – Plainville Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC

  • Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC:

An application to conduct a 6 day running horse racing meeting in July 2016 at Suffolk Downs in Boston and Revere, MA.

2016 Racing Application – Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC

Public hearings regarding these applications have been scheduled as follows:

Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, November 9, 2015. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘horse racing applications’ in the subject line.

The comments received and recommendations of the Racing Division will be reported to the Commission at its public meeting scheduled for November 12th. By law, the Commission must “grant or dismiss” each application not later than November 15th.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Transfer of Interest

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulation:

  • 205 CMR 129.00 DRAFT: Transfer of Interest
  • 205 CMR 129.02(10) DRAFT: Options for payment of the Commonwealth’s share

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. UPDATE: All written comments must be received by September 29, 2015 at 5:00pm. This version of the draft regulations reflects public comments received subsequent to the public hearing.

To view the draft regulations, please click below:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Region C Casino Licensing Process

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking comments on the request by Mass Gaming and Entertainment, LLC that the Commission make an immediate determination (prior to the Region C application date) that the Commission will issue a casino license in Region C if it determines that a Region C gaming applicant meets all of the criteria for issuance of such a license and it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth regardless of whether or not the United States Secretary of the Interior puts land into trust in Taunton for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe prior to the issuance of a casino license.   Under the Mass Gaming and Entertainment, LLC’s request, the Commission would not deny Mass Gaming and Entertainment LLC’s application for a Region C license merely because such land had been taken into trust for the Tribe prior to the issuance of such license, if the below policy and criteria has been satisfied.

The Commission’s current plan and policy, a policy it has applied in all licensing decisions thus far, is that it will make a determination on whether to issue a license only after its review of the full gaming application and then only if its review shows that issuance of a license would be beneficial to the Commonwealth given the totality of the then existing and foreseeable economic circumstances.  For the Region C review, this totality would include the potential for competition by a Tribal casino.

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Region C‘ in the subject line.

The deadline to submit written comments has been extended and is Friday, September 18, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Definition of ‘Veteran’ as it relates to the Expanded Gaming Act

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting written comments on MGC’s operational definition of ‘Veteran’ as it relates to the Expanded Gaming Act.  Throughout the Expanded Gaming Act, numerous references are made to veterans with respect to jobs and career opportunities through the design, construction and operational phases of our gaming licensees’ facilities.  The Commission discussed the following recommendation and proposed definition at an Open Public Meeting on August 6, 2015.

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Definition of Veteran’ in the subject line. UPDATE: The comment deadline has now been extended, and all written comments must be received by September 10, 2015 at 5:00pm.

The following is the proposed definition:

“Veteran” – An individual who honorably served in the armed forces of the United States as defined by G.L. c.4, §7 clause 43 or a member of the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard or a Massachusetts resident serving in the Reserves who has been called to active duty for non-training purposes for any period of time or has been honorably discharged.

There are three categories of people who qualify as “veterans” in this proposed definition: 1. Individuals who honorably served in the armed forces of the United States as prescribed under defined by Clause 43 G.L. c.4, §7 clause 43. This category by definition includes only those who served on active duty. In addition, they can also have served one day of that active duty during “wartime” and been honorably discharged. 3 2. A member of the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard or a Massachusetts resident serving in the Reserves who has been called to active duty for non-training purposes for any period of time. These people may still be members of the Guard or Reserves and need not have been honorably discharged. They are “veterans” only for purposes of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regulations. 3. A member of the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard or a Massachusetts resident serving in the Reserves who has been honorably discharged. These people must have been honorably discharged but they need never have seen any active duty, in “wartime” or otherwise.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Amendments to regulations pertaining to Commission regulations, licensing and registration

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 102.00 DRAFT Amendments: Construction and Application
  • 205 CMR 134.00 DRAFT Amendments: Licensing and Registration

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment‘ in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The public hearing has been scheduled for June 30, 2015.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: MassGaming’s FY16 Proposed Budget

On June 16, 2015, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued a request for public comment regarding the proposed FY16 budget of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The Commission is seeking comments from licensee(s), applicants, and the public on the contents of the memo and any of the proposed costs discussed in the public meeting on June 11, 2015.

Comments must be received by 5:00pm on June 19, 2015. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘FY16 proposed budget’ in the subject line.

To view the recent memos presented to the Commission on the proposed FY16 budget, click below:

Previous Request for Public Comment: RFA-2 application deadline for Region C (Southeastern Mass.)

The deadline for the site-specific applications (RFA-2) for a potential Southeastern Massachusetts (Region C) full-casino license has been set at no sooner than July 10.    Potential alternative application dates in August and September were discussed at the May 14, 2015 Commission meeting. Given the experience in other gaming regions (including surrounding community agreements that needed to be executed well after the RFA-2 deadlines) and the specific timetables in Region C (including the May 12th host community referendum in Brockton and June 23rd host community referendum in New Bedford), how should the Commission set an RFA-2 deadline that helps maximize the positive greatest possible economic development benefits and revenues to the people of the Commonwealth and also helps to reduce to the maximum extent possible the potentially negative or unintended consequences of expanded gaming in Region C?

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Region C application‘ in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by May 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm. UPDATE: The comments period is now closed.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Sterling Suffolk, LLC application for 2015 racing license

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting written comments on a 2015 horse racing license application submitted by Sterling Suffolk, LLC. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Horse Racing Application’ in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by June 8, 2015 at 5:00pm. The Commission will also hold a public hearing on the application on June 11, 2015 at 3:30pm at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 107B. The hearing notice is available here.

Download the application here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to adjudicatory proceedings, alcoholic beverages, minors & underage youth, operations and conduct of a gaming establishment

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 101.00 DRAFT Amendments: Adjudicatory Proceedings
  • 205 CMR 136.00 DRAFT: Sale and Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages
  • 205 CMR 150.00 DRAFT: Protection of Minors & Underage Youth
  • 205 CMR 151.00 DRAFT Amendments: Operations and Conduct of a 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 where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The public hearing has been scheduled for May 21, 2015.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous 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 where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The public hearing has been scheduled for May 21, 2015.

Specifically, at the April 16, 2015 Commission meeting, the Commission determined that it would highlight to host and surrounding communities a potential provision that could impact municipal officials in host communities and seek any comment on such draft provision. The draft provision states:
152.10: Elected officials of a host community. Elected officials of a host community in which a gaming establishment is located shall not place a wager in that gaming establishment. Provided, such an elected official shall not be prohibited from being present in said gaming establishment.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Reporting Obligations and Gross Gaming Revenue Tax Remittance and Reporting

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 139.00 DRAFT: Continuing Disclosure and Reporting Obligations of Gaming Licensees
  • 205 CMR 140.00 DRAFT: Gross Gaming Revenue Tax Remittance and Reporting

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by April 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.  The Public Hearing has been scheduled for April 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to transfer of interest

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 129.00 DRAFT: Transfer of interest

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. UPDATE: All written comments must be received by 4:00pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matters.

The public hearing has been scheduled for March 12, 2015 at 10:30am.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Recent racing-related correspondence and briefs from stakeholders

On February 19, 2015, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will discuss the latest racing news and information during its regularly-scheduled bi-weekly public meeting. The Commission has recently received correspondence and briefs from several stakeholders regarding several racing topics, including simulcasting rights and payments from the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF). The Commission is releasing these documents in advance of the meeting for public review.

Those who wish to submit written comments on the correspondence or briefs may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Horse Racing Correspondence’ in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:00pm on March 2, 2015.

To download the correspondence, please click on the below links.

To download briefs submitted by stakeholders to the MGC, please click on the below links.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to supplemental license procedures

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 14.00 EMERGENCY: Regulations pertaining to supplemental license procedures

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 Monday, January 19, 2015.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matters.

The public hearing has been scheduled for January 22, 2015 at 10:30 a.m, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Room 102B, Boston, MA.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to licensing and registration of employees, vendors, junket enterprises and representatives, and labor organizations

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 134.04 EMERGENCY AMENDMENTS: Licensing and registration of employees, vendors, junket enterprises and representatives, and labor organizations

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 Monday, January 19, 2015.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matters.

The public hearing has been scheduled for January 22, 2015 at 10:30 a.m, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Room 102B, Boston, MA.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to internal controls, including ATM locations

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 138.00 DRAFT: Uniform Standards of Accounting Procedures and Internal Controls, and Internal Controls Relative to Credit Accounts and Counter Checks

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 Monday, January 19, 2015.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matters.

The public hearing has been scheduled for January 22, 2015 at 10:30 a.m, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Room 102B, Boston, MA.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

  • 205 CMR 138.00 DRAFT: Uniform Standards of Accounting Procedures and Internal Controls, and Internal Controls Relative to Credit Accounts and Counter Checks

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Race Horse Development Fund

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 149.00 EMERGENCY: Race Horse Development Fund

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “draft regulation comment” in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.

The public hearing has been scheduled for January 22, 2015 at 10:30 a.m, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Room 102B, Boston, MA.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to Gaming Equipment

UPDATE: The request period has been extended through January 9, 2015.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 146.00 DRAFT: Gaming Equipment

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “draft regulation comment” in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations where appropriate, and hold a public hearing on the matter.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Voluntary Play Management System

UPDATE: The comment period has been extended until Thursday, November 13th.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on recommendations pertaining to adoption of a voluntary Play Management System. The Commission received and discussed these recommendations at its 137th Open Public Meeting, held on October 23rd, 2014.

The report on recommendations can be found here:

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Play Management System’ in the subject line. Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, November 13th, 2014.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Race Horse Development Fund

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following regulation amendments:

  • 205 CMR XX.00  DRAFT: Race Horse Development Fund

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, November 7, 2014.  The Commission will review any comments received, update the proposed regulations as necessary, and hold a public hearing on the matters. The public hearing, including a formal comment period, has not yet been scheduled.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Applications to conduct live horse racing in 2015

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission requests public comment on the applications it received to conduct horse racing in 2015.

As of close of business on October 1 (the c.128A §2 statutory deadline for receipt of such applications), the Massachusetts Gaming Commission was in receipt of the following applications to hold or conduct live horse racing in the commonwealth in 2015:

  • Springfield Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC
    Application | Exhibits
    An application to conduct a 105-day live harness racing meet at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, MA. The proposed meet will be conducted primarily on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from April 1 – November 30, with Sundays replacing Mondays in April and May.
  • Brockton Agricultural Society
    Application
    A “placeholder” application for a one-day live Thoroughbred racing meet at the Brockton Fairgrounds. May be later amended to apply for a maximum of 15 live racing days.
  • Middleborough Agricultural Society
    Application
    A “placeholder” application for a one-day live Thoroughbred racing meet at the Brockton Fairgrounds. May be later amended to apply for a maximum of 15 live racing days.
  • New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association
    Application
    A “placeholder” application for a one-day live Thoroughbred racing meet at Suffolk Downs. May be later amended to a minimum of 65 live racing days “or such other number of… racing days as may be approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the interest of the health and safety of the horses, riders, and drivers.”

Public hearings regarding these applications have been scheduled as follows:

  • Plainville
    Plainville Senior Center, Monday October 20th at 1:30pm
  • Brockton
    The Conference Center at Massasoit, Monday October 20th at 10:30am
  • Boston
    1000 Washington St, Tuesday October 21st at 10:00am.

Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, October 30th, 2014. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘horse racing applications’ in the subject line.

The comments received and recommendations of the Racing Division will be reported to the Commission at its public meeting scheduled for November 6th. By law, the Commission must “grant or dismiss” each application not later than November 15th.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to capital investment calculations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following regulation amendments:

  • 205 CMR 122.00 DRAFT Amendments: Capital investment

Comments must be received by 4:00pm on October 3, 2014. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

The Commission will review any comments received, update the proposed regulations as necessary, and hold a public hearing on the matters. The public hearing, including a formal comment period, has been scheduled for October 7, 2014.

To view the regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to surveillance of the gaming establishment, regulatory monitoring and inspections

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following draft regulations:

  • 205 CMR 141.00 DRAFT: Surveillance of the gaming establishment
  • 205 CMR 142.00 DRAFT: Regulatory monitoring and inspections

Comments must be received by 4:00pm on October 3, 2014. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

The Commission will review any comments received, update the proposed regulations as necessary, and hold a public hearing on the matters. The public hearing, including a formal comment period, has been scheduled for October 7, 2014.

To view the regulations, click here:

Previous Request for Public Comment: Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) memorandum to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed. MassGaming has posted the comments it has received below.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on a memorandum submitted to the Commission by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) on August 6, 2014. The memorandum pertains to the proposed locations of resort-casinos submitted by Mohegan Sun in Revere, and Wynn Resorts in Everett. Comments must be received by 4:00pm on August 22, 2014. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘MAPC memorandum’ in the subject line.

To view the memorandum, click below:

Responses regarding Requests for Comment: MAPC memorandum to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Previous Request for Public Comment: Traffic Mitigation Plans for Region A Applicants

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed.  MassGaming has posted the comments it has received below.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission seeks public comments on traffic mitigation measures proposed by each of the applicants for a casino license in Region A (Eastern Massachusetts) Wynn/Everett and Mohegan Sun Massachusetts/Revere.

These plans were outlined by the applicants at the June 20, 2014 presentations to the MGC. Please see archived meeting materials available here. The mitigation measures are also detailed in their June 30, 2014 filings with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) unit.

UPDATE: The comments period has been extended until August 22, 2014. Please provide any comments or suggestions including additions, alterations or alternatives regarding the mitigation proposed for these locations and/or other areas of the project to the MGC by emailing mgccomments@state.ma.us with “Region A Traffic Mitigation” in the subject line.

Mohegan Sun/Revere:

  • Route 1 A and Boardman Street: Alternatives proposed include a northbound flyover ramp at Boardman Street or at-grade traffic signal improvements
  • Route 1 and Route 16 interchange improvements

Wynn/Everett:

  • Sweetser Circle—Improved lane markings are proposed
  • Santilli Circle—Flyover ramp proposed
  • Sullivan Square—Proposed improvements along Cambridge Street and Maffa Way
Responses regarding Requests for Comment: Traffic Mitigation Plans for Region A Applicants

Previous Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to gaming vendors, gaming schools

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment in advance of the September 4, 2014 hearing on the following regulations, which have been passed by emergency:

  • 205 CMR 134.00: Amendments to the process governing licensing of gaming vendors, primarily affecting the information and documents gaming vendor applicants are required to provide as part of the licensing and qualification process.
  • 205 CMR 137.00: New regulations establishing the standards and requirements for certified gaming schools in the Commonwealth.

Comments must be received by 4:00pm on August 29, 2014. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

The Commission will review any comments received, update the proposed regulations as necessary, and hold a public hearing on the matters. The public hearing, including a formal comment period, has been scheduled for September 4, 2014, at 10:30am at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 102B at 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA. A complete hearing notice is available here.

To view the regulations, click below:

  • 205 CMR 134.00 – Licensing and registration of employees, vendors, junket enterprises and representatives, and labor organizations
  • 205 CMR 137.00 – Gaming Schools

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Central Management and Monitoring System Draft Regulation

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the Commission’s potential use of a Central Management and Monitoring System. The proposal was developed pursuant to G.L. 23K, §5(a) as part of the Commission’s regulation promulgation process.  The proposal for near-real time collection of data supports the Commission’s oversight and enforcement through: independent identification of gaming revenue to support daily tax collection; monitoring of slot transactions and software signatures to help identify malfunctioning gaming devices or tampering;  and physical asset management of permitted device configurations and registered electronic gaming devices. The language is included in section 205 CMR 143.00: New regulations setting the standards for gaming devices including slot machines and systems, the provision of real time stream of data, and other requirements related to slot machines and the provision of data.

Comments must be received by 4:00 pm on Monday, July 21, 2014.  Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line.  Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

The Commission will review comments on the regulations at the regularly schedule public meeting on July 24, 2014.

View the draft regulations below:

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Premises for the Gaming Establishment for Mohegan Sun and Wynn MA LLC

The Commission is seeking public comment in advance of the May 1st public meeting to determine the premises of the gaming establishment for which Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, LLC and Wynn MA, LLC seek approval in the RFA-2 application. The Commission is soliciting public comment in the form of legal briefs. The briefs should state the reasons for the position(s)  taken, identify supporting legal authorities, and include any sworn  affidavits, authenticated documents, and other relevant evidence not otherwise included in an RFA-2 application. Briefs shall be limited to 15 pages exclusive of attachments. The briefs are due by April 17th at 5:00pm and should be sent to catherine.blue@state.ma.us  and todd.grossman@state.ma.us . Responses will be posted to MassGaming.com the day after the due date. UPDATE: The period for legal briefs is now closed.

Any individual may submit a reply brief by April 24th at 5:00pm.  An individual need not have submitted an initial brief to submit a reply brief. A reply brief, however, may only address specific issues that were addressed in a brief submitted by another individual or group. Reply briefs shall be limited to 10 pages exclusive of attachments. All reply briefs, including any affidavits and other documents submitted with the reply briefs will be posted to MassGaming.com the day after the due date.

On May 1, 2014, the Commission will hold a public meeting to determine the premises of the gaming establishment for which Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, LLC and Wynn MA, LLC seek approval in the RFA-2 application.

**The procedure for the determination of Region A gaming establishments is available here. **

UPDATE: The comments period has now closed.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Region A License Decision and City of Boston Request

As it has routinely done in the past, the Commission hereby requests public comment, prior to addressing a Motion submitted by the City of Boston at a public meeting scheduled for July 2, 2014, on whether the Commission should order an immediate suspension of all proceedings regarding the issuance of a Category 1 license in Region A, pending the outcome of the November referendum.  Comments should be sent via email to mgccomments@state.ma.us and must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  A commenter should include the phrase “Region A decision” in the subject line of the email.

To view the Meeting Notification as well as the Motion from the City of Boston, click here.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Design for Category 1 applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the design of the facilities proposed for Everett, Revere and Springfield by the applicants for Category 1 gaming licenses in those cities. To be most helpful, the comments should focus on assessments of the exterior design features of the facilities,  including the facility’s integration with and visual or aesthetic impact on the surrounding community.  Renderings, elevations and sections, as well as other aspects of the proposed designs, are contained in the Category 1 applications which can be found here: http://massgaming.com/licensing-regulations/resort-casino-phase-2-applications-2/

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Building Design’ in the subject line. Comments relating to the resort-casino proposed in the City of Revere by Mohegan Sun, and the resort-casino proposed in the City of Everett by Wynn Resorts must be received by June 30, 2014.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts) Schedule

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on whether the Commission  should allow new applicants to compete for the Region C license (currently applications are limited to those from applicants that filed RFA-1 applications for the slots license and for Regions A&B on or before the deadline of December 31, 2012, and one applicant that filed the RFA-1 application for the Region C license on or before the Region C deadline of September 30, 2013);whether the Commission should extend its current September 23, 2014 Region C RFA-2 application date to March 2015 or some other date earlier or later; and how the Commission can further improve the competitive environment in Region C. Please submit your comments no later than June 23, 2014 by 5:00 pm. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Region C Timeline’ in the subject line.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: MassGaming’s FY15 Proposed Budget

On June 5, 2014, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued a request for public comment regarding the proposed FY15 budget of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The Commission is seeking comments from licensee(s), applicants, and the public on the contents of the memo and any of the proposed costs discussed in the public meeting on May 29, 2014 .

Comments must be received by 4:00 pm on June 19, 2014.  Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘FY15 proposed budget’ in the subject line.

To view the a recent memo presented to the Commission on the proposed FY15 budget, click below:

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Surveillance, Regulatory Monitoring and Inspections Regulations

On May 29, 2014, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued a request for preliminary public comment on the following proposed new regulations:

  • 205 CMR 141.00: Surveillance of the Gaming Establishment
  • 205 CMR 142.00: Regulatory Monitoring and Inspections

Comments must be received by 4:00 pm on June 16, 2014.  Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line.  Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

The Commission will review any comments received, update the proposed drafts as necessary, and schedule a public hearing on the matters.  The public hearing, including a formal comment period, will subsequently be held.

To view the draft regulations, click below:

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Draft Regulation Comment

On May 27, 2014, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission issued a request for public comment on the proposed amendments and new sections of the gaming regulations. These proposals were developed pursuant to G.L. 23K, §5(a) as part of the Commission’s regulation promulgation process.  The proposals include the following amendments and new sections:

  • 205 CMR 135.00: New regulations governing the Commission’s oversight and monitoring of the construction of the gaming establishments.  These regulations are currently in effect by emergency;
  • 205 CMR 143.00: New regulations setting the standards for gaming devices including slot machines and systems, the provision of real time stream of data, and other requirements related to slot machines and the provision of data;
  • 205 CMR 144.00: New regulations governing the procedure for permitting and registering gaming devices and approvals of independent testing labs;
  • 205 CMR 145.00: New regulations governing the possession of slot machines; and
  • 205 CMR 101.00, 115.00, and 116.00: Amended to address “new qualifiers” for suitability determination and licensing.

Comments must be received by 4:00 pm on Monday, June 16, 2014.  Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line.  Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

public hearing will be held to hear public comment for the regulations on June 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at 1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA.

View the draft regulations below:

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Gaming Device Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking to promulgate regulations relative to gaming devices under Chapter 23K. The Commission seeks public comment on the contents in preparation for discussion during the June 26, 2014 public meeting.  While public comment on all aspects of the draft regulation is requested, the Commission is specifically interested in receiving comments on the following topic:

Multi-position Slot Machines. 205 CMR 143.01(3). The proposed gaming device regulations treat each gaming position at a slot machine as a separate slot machine for purposes of the 1,250 slot machine limit in G.L. c. 23K, § 2 and the $600 annual license fee per a slot machine in G.L. c. 23K, § 56. The Commission discussed an idea that would allow the slots parlor to have multiple gaming positions at some of its slot machines (for a total of more than 1,250 gaming positions) during a temporary period between the slots parlor opening and the first casino opening. The Commission believes that this higher number of gaming positions during the temporary period would generate additional revenue to the Commonwealth without creating further competition for the casinos. What are the benefits and drawbacks of this idea?

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Gaming Device Regulations’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than June 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

To view the DRAFT regulations, click below:

A Request Seeking Public Comment: Horse Racing Welfare

At its April 17, 2014 public meeting, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission entered into a discussion of welfare as it pertains to racing.  The memorandum used as a basis for that discussion can be found here.  Appendix A, the “Horses First” guiding principle of the Racing Division, may be found here.

The Commission seeks public comment on the following questions:

1. Should the Commission endorse a set of welfare guidelines governing horse racing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and, if so, what should the content of those guidelines address?  Please click here for Appendix B – four sets of welfare guidelines currently in use in other jurisdictions.

2. Should the Commission consider placing an affirmative duty on each of racing’s participants to report suspected instances of conduct detrimental to horse welfare in its next set of rule changes?  (This issue will be considered in more detail during the regular rulemaking process coming up this summer.)

3. Should the Commission consider whether Massachusetts should participate in a national racing regulatory compact?  Please click here for Appendix C (information about the compact and its draft language).

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Horse Welfare’ in the subject line. Comments must be received no later than May 7th at 5:00pm.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Gaming Device Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking to promulgate regulations relative to gaming devices under Chapter 23K. The Commission has created draft regulations and seeks public comment on the contents in preparation for discussion during the May 1, 2014 public meeting. Please note that this comment period is not part of the formal process for regulation promulgation.

The draft regulations may be downloaded below.

While public comment on all aspects of the draft regulation is requested, the following issues require further discussion:

  • Multi-position Slot Machines
  • Slot Machine Communication Protocol
  • Reliance on Prior Testing
  • Device Permitting
  • Testing Lab Certification Renewal

More information on each of these issues is available here.

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Gaming Device Regulations’ in the subject line. Comments must be received no later than April 28th at 5:00pm.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Proposed Changes and the Addition of New Sections of the Gaming Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission invites public comment on the proposed amendments and new sections of the gaming regulations. These proposals were developed pursuant to G.L. 23K, §5(a) as part of the Commission’s regulation promulgation process.  The proposals include the following amendments and new sections:

  • 205 CMR 118.06: Amended to give the Commission flexibility in issuing an effective date for the gaming license.
  • 205 CMR 121.00: Amendments giving applicants guidance regarding the payment of license fees and assessments.
  • 205 CMR 133.00: New regulations governing the procedure and protocol relative to the list of self-excluded persons from entering a gaming area of a gaming establishment.
  • 205 CMR 125.01: Amendments providing guidance to the applicants regarding the protocols and procedures for the arbitration process.

Comments must be received no later than Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:00pm.  Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Draft Regulation Comment’ in the subject line.  Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

A public hearing will be held to hear public comment for the regulations on May 5, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1000 Washington Street, Boston, MA.

The draft regulations may be downloaded below, and are also available under the ‘Licensing & Regulations’ tab.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment: Diversity Plan for the Design and Construction Phase of Plainridge Park Casino

Pursuant to Conditions 7 and 9 of the MassGaming category 2 (slots) license award letter, Penn National Gaming has submitted the below affirmative action plan entitled “Diversity Plan for the Design and Construction of Plainridge Park Casino” for the slots parlor in Plainville, MA.

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Penn National Diversity Plan’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than April 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm. The Commission is scheduled to discuss and approve the plan at the public meeting on April 17, 2014.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Compliance with Approved Schedule for Construction of Gaming Establishment and Related Infrastructure

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission welcomes public comment regarding proposed regulations addressing compliance with the approved schedule for construction of gaming establishments and related infrastructure. The following draft was presented to Commissioners at an open public meeting of the Commission on February 20, 2014. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Compliance with Approved Schedule’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than March 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Region C (Southeastern Massachusetts) Schedule

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the Region C schedule and how it can improve the competitive environment in Region C given the upcoming RFA-2 application deadline of July 23, 2014. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Region C’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than March 18, 2014 at 10:00 am.

COMMENTS RECEIVED:

 

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Racing Emergency Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission welcomes public comment regarding proposed emergency regulations addressing, among other things, the cost of fingerprinting occupational licensees, conflicts of interest between officials and racing participants, and certain reporting requirements of racetrack licensees. The following draft was presented to Commissioners at an open public meeting of the Commission on March 6, 2014. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Racing Emergency Regulations’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than March 17, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
The Responsible Gaming Framework

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission welcomes public comment regarding the proposed Responsible Gaming Framework.  The Responsible Gaming Framework is designed to provide structure for responsible gaming practices of MassGaming licensees and is based on the commitment by MassGaming to mitigate to the best of our ability gambling related harm. The following draft was presented to Commissioners at an open public meeting of the Commission on March 6, 2014.  Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “RG Framework” in the subject line.  Please submit your comments no later than March 21, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Horse Racing Committee

The Horse Racing Committee, established in the Expanded Gaming Act, is charged by the Legislature in G.L. c.23K, §60, with making a recommendation on how the funds received in the Racehorse Development Fund (G.L. c.23K, §60(a)) shall be distributed between Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing facilities to support the respective industries.

In making its recommendation, the Legislature has asked the Committee to consider the following factors:

  1. The average purses awarded at thoroughbred and standardbred racing facilities;
  2. The total employment numbers, both direct and indirect, attributable to each horse racing industry;
  3. The relative needs of each horse racing industry for increased purses;
  4. The amount of the live racing handle generated by each horse racing industry; and
  5. The number of breeding and training farms of each industry located in the commonwealth.

The Horse Racing Committee welcomes public comment regarding:

a. How much weight should be designated to each of the above factors for determining the percentage split of the fund; and

b. Regarding factor (3), what the relative needs of each industry are.

Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Horse Racing Committee’ in the subject line.  Please submit your comments no later than April 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm. 

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Self-Exclusion Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission welcomes public comment regarding the draft regulations pertaining to self-exclusion of persons from a gaming establishment. The following draft regulations were presented to Commissioners at an open public meeting of the Commission on January 9, 2014. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Self-Exclusion Regulations’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than February 14, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Click here to view the draft regulations.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Form of Gaming Licenses

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission welcomes public comment regarding the form of licenses to be awarded to licensees of category 1 (resort-casino) and category 2 (slots-parlor) gaming facilities. The following draft license was presented to Commissioners at an open public meeting of the Commission on January 9, 2014. While the form of the license is set up for a category 2 license it is anticipated that the same form with the appropriate information would be used to issue category 1 licenses.  Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Form of License’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than February 17, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Click here to view the draft license.

Previous Request for Public Comment:
Cost Assessment Plan and Proposal

On November 7th the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) requested a proposal concerning how the Commission will assess its annual costs to licensees.  On November 21st, a memorandum and attachment were presented to the Commission outlining Section 56 of MGL Ch. 23K and 205 CMR 121.00 and a summary draft of an assessment proposal.  In addition to the statutorily required initial fees of $85M and $25M for category 1 and Category 2 , 205 CMR 121 allows the MGC  to assess operating costs to any category 1 and/or category 2 licensees in proportion to each licensee’s share of gaming positions.  The draft proposal establishes an annual process for charging fees and assessing costs on licensee’s for regulating and maintaining control over gaming establishments.  The proposal presented on the 21st would require the MGC to develop and approve an annual budget,  project revenues based on anticipated fees and determine the gap between anticipated spending and projected revenues.  The gap would be assessed on each licensee in proportion to their share of total gaming positions.  This amount would be billed to licensees so that the revenue is received prior to July 1 of each year.   Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Cost Assessment’ in the subject line. Please submit your comments no later than December 12, 2013 at 10:00am.

Download Draft (PDF):

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Draft regulations pertaining to the licensing of gaming employees and vendors

On November 7, 2013, the Commission approved a set of draft regulations for purposes of commencing the process towards final promulgation. There are two parts that comprise the draft: 1. An update to the existing regulations, and 2. New regulations governing the licensing and registration process. The new regulations cover the licensing of key gaming employees, gaming employees, and gaming vendors and the registration of gaming service employees, non-gaming vendors, and labor organizations.

Prior to the public hearing, the Commission welcomes written comment on the drafts. Please submit your comments no later than Monday, December 9th at 5:00 p.m. Those who wish to submit written comments on the draft regulations may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulations comment’ in the subject line. Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

Download Draft Regulations (PDF):

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Suitability for Resort-Casino Applicants

Pursuant to the Commission’s regulations, 205 CMR 115.04 (4), the Commission is hereby requesting written comments on suitability for all resort-casino applicants including MGM Springfield, Wynn Massachusetts LLC, Crossroads LLC, Mohegan Sun and Sterling Suffolk LLC. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Applicant Suitability’ in the subject line. UPDATE: The comments period has been extended. Please submit your comments no later than Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:00am.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Surrounding Community Timeline

The Commission is hereby requesting written comments on whether to issue a variance from the Surrounding Community timelines found in 205 CMR 125 as discussed in the Commission’s open public meeting on October 31, 2013. Please submit your comments no later than Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:00pm. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Surrounding Community Timelines’ in the subject line.

Request Seeking Public Comment:
Horse Racing License Applications

The Commission is hereby requesting written comments on the horse racing license applications submitted by Brockton Racing, LLC; Springfield Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC; and Sterling Suffolk, LLC. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Horse Racing Applications’ in the subject line.  Please submit your comments no later than Monday, October 28th at 12:00pm.

Download the applications here:

Brockton Racing: Complete Application

Springfield Gaming: Complete Application

Sterling Suffolk: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Sterling Suffolk, LLC

Pursuant to the Commission’s regulations, 205 CMR 115.04 (4), the Commission is hereby requesting written comments on suitability of Sterling Suffolk, LLC. Any comments received will be made available by the Commission for the hearing scheduled October 29, 2013. Please submit your comments no later than Monday, October 28th at 2:00pm. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Suffolk Suitability’ in the subject line.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Definition for ‘Small Business’ – UPDATED

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the Director of Workforce, Supplier and Diversity Development invites public comment on a proposal to adopt a definition for “small business” as identified in the  language found in An Act Establishing Expanded Gaming in the Commonwealth Chapter 194 of the Acts of 2011 / Chapter 23K.  

Under Section 1. “The General Court finds and declares that”: (6) promoting local small businesses and the tourism industry, including the development of new and existing small business and tourism amenities such as lodging, dining, retail and cultural and social facilities, is fundamental to the policy objectives of this chapter;

The goal in defining “small business” is to ensure that the policy objectives of Chapter 23K to positively impact “small business” is realized and to clarify for the benefit of our license applicants the important role that “small businesses” play in the Massachusetts economy and what size business we hope that our applicants will promote.  Members of the MassGaming Commission’s Vendor Advisory Group and other stakeholders in the business community expressed concern about the use of the phrase without some definition.

There has been public discussion that the federal definition of a small business (generally 500 employees or less) does not adequately characterize the small business economy of Massachusetts.  The discussion was supported by the fact that according to the 2008 US Census more than 85% of small businesses in MA have 20 or fewer employees.

To assist our applicants in understanding the goal of this provision in the statute, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has reviewed other definitions of “small business” found in both federal and state statute, regulations and programs.  We propose the following definitions for public comment.

Option 1: Adopt the definition used by Small Business Purchasing Program administered by the Operational Services Division of the Commonwealth of MA

  • A Small Business shall be defined as an entity, including all of its affiliates combined that,
  • Has its principal place of business in Massachusetts
  • Currently employs a combined total of 50 or fewer full-time employees
  • Has been in business at least one year
  • Has gross revenues of $15 million or less based on a three year average, and meets all legal obligations for tax status and required registration in the Commonwealth.

Option 2: A small business shall be defined as an entity that:

  • Has its principal place of business in Massachusetts
  • Currently employs a combined total of 100 or fewer full-time employees
  • Has been in business at least one year
  • Has gross revenues of $25 million or less based on a three year average, and meets all legal obligations for tax status and required registration in the Commonwealth.

Comments must be received by 4:00 PM on October 18, 2013. This date has been extended by one week from the previous deadline of 4:00 PM on October 11, 2013. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Small Business Definition” in the subject line.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Proposed Changes to Existing Racing Division Regulations Found in 205 CMR 3.29 and 4.52: Medications and Prohibited Substances

The Racing Division of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission invites public comment on proposed changes to existing regulations found in 205 CMR 3.29 and 4.52: Medications and Prohibited Substances. The bulk of the changes reflect the culmination of a two-year process of promulgation and review by Racing Medication and Testing Consortium committees and, ultimately, the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI).

Section (3)(a)(2) was approved by the ARCI board of directors on April 2, 2013. This provision incorporates a schedule of controlled therapeutic medications and associated decision levels. Section (2)(f) was approved by the ARCI board of directors on July 31, 2013. This provision introduces a point system that will attach to occupational licenses for medication violations and will enhance suspensions incurred as a result of multiple offenses.

The two provisions together constitute the Uniform Medication and Drug Testing Program initiative. Eight jurisdictions, including this one (Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), pledged initial support to this program this past spring. The goal is for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to go through the rule-making process in parallel, with a simultaneous regional effective date of January 1, 2014.

Comments must be received by 4:00 PM on October 4, 2013. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Horse Racing Regulations’ in the subject line.

Download document:

 

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, LLC

Pursuant to the Commission’s regulations, 205 CMR 115.04 (4), the Commission is hereby requesting written comments on suitability of Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, LLC. Any comments received will be made available by the Commission for the hearing scheduled October 3, 2013.

Please submit your comments no later than Tuesday, October 1st at 5:00pm.Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Mohegan Suitability’ in the subject line.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Transfer of Host Community Agreement in Plainville, MA

The Commission is requesting public comment on whether it should allow for a transfer of the host community agreement to occur between the previous ownership of Plainridge Racecourse and current slots-parlor applicant, Penn National.

Please submit your written comments via email no later than September 6, 2013 at 10:00am. Written comments may be submitted by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Plainridge Racecourse’ in the subject line.

In addition, interested parties who wish to address the Commission on this matter may designate one representative from the group to speak at this meeting.  The Commission requests that the selected representative sign-up immediately prior to the meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Individuals will be allowed five (5) minutes to speak. Speakers should limit their comments to the question before the Commission-whether the Commission should allow for a transfer of the host community agreement.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Draft Application to Hold/Conduct Live Racing

MassGaming invites comments on the draft Application to Hold or Conduct Live Racing pursuant to M.G.L. c.128A for 2014.  Comments must be received by 4:00 PM on August 16, 2013. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Live Racing Application’ in the subject line.

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Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Suitability Process

The Commission is requesting public comment on whether it should review Category 1 (resort-casino) suitability reports on a rolling basis as the reports are completed or whether the Commission should review the suitability reports on some other basis, i.e.,  on a regional basis.

It is anticipated that suitability reports for resort-casino applicants are likely to be presented to the Commission starting at the end of August and into September. It should be noted that no inference should be made toward any gaming applicant in regards to the chronological order of completion of the suitability reports.

Please submit your comments no later than July 31, 2013 at 5:00pm. Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Suitability Process’ in the subject line.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Suitability

The Commission is requesting public comments both on its process for evaluating the suitability of all applicants and on the suitability of the following specific applicants: Raynham Park, Mass Gaming & Entertainment , LLC, PPE Casino Resorts and Plainridge Racecourse.

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Commission had an extensive discussion about the Phase 1 Determination of Suitability Process in anticipation of public hearings that will occur on the suitability of Category 1 and Category 2 applicants. Although Category 1 hearings are not expected until August, hearings on the above Category 2 applicants are expected to commence on July 11, 2013 at 9:30am at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 106, Boston, MA.

At the conclusion of the June 27th discussion, the Commission requested public comments on the suitability process in advance of the hearings. Materials on the Commission’s suitability process are found on the Applications page.

Further, pursuant to the Commission’s regulations, 205 CMR 115.04 (4), the Commission is hereby requesting written comments on suitability of  Raynham Park, Mass Gaming & Entertainment , LLC, PPE Casino Resorts and Plainridge Racecourse. Any comments received will be made available by the Commission for the hearing scheduled July 11,2013, or any hearing conducted on the suitability of these applicants after this date.

Please submit your comments no later than Friday, July 5 at 3:00pm.Those who wish to submit written comments may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Suitability’ in the subject line.

 

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Timeline

Should the Commission move its Category 1 application deadline from its current projected December 31, 2013 date to a date in the beginning of December to be able to incorporate additional time needed to resolve issues such as disagreements between applicants and surrounding communities?   Could the Commission move up this Category 1 application deadline even earlier, perhaps to the beginning of November?

Recently, the Commission drafted protocols and procedures to enable potential surrounding communities and gaming applicants to reach a surrounding community agreement if one has not been reached by the time of an application. Although the protocols and procedures are designed to be efficient, they will take a substantial number of days that need to be incorporated in the schedule for the award of licenses. In order to do so, the Commission recently asked for comments on moving its Category 1 deadline ahead by approximately one month from the current December 31, 2013 to the beginning of December 2013.  However, in the discussion about moving the date to early December, it was asked if the date could be further moved to the beginning of November.

We ask those who choose to comment to provide specificity in their responses.    For example, the Commission urges applicants to provide their current draft timelines, including items such as the anticipated date for the execution of a host community agreement, the anticipated date for the referendum, the projected period for negotiation and execution of surrounding community agreements, and detail on what time is necessary before and after the referendum for items such as local and state permitting and application preparation.    Similarly, the Commission urges any host or potential surrounding community choosing to comment to provide similar specificity.   For example, host communities could inform the Commission about any local constraints that would impact the scheduling of a referendum.   It is noted that potential surrounding communities are subject to limitations in predicting timelines because they must take into account when an applicant plans to engage in surrounding community negotiations, but that some steps (such as preparation for any procurements) could be contemplated earlier.

Please submit your comments no later than Monday, May 13th at 5:00pm.  Those who wish to submit written comments on the application deadline may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Timeline’ in the subject line.

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Phase 2 Regulations

In anticipation of the public hearing on its draft phase 2 regulations scheduled for May 3, the Commission seeks public comment on three issues related to the draft regulations:

1. Should the Commission incorporate a new rule into its draft phase 2 regulations that specifies that that the start date for petitions by potential surrounding communities to the Commission to require applicants to provide technical assistance funding  shall be no later than 90 days prior to the Category 1  (full casino) application deadline and no later than 60 days prior to the Category 2 (slots only) application deadline?

On April 25,  the Commission discussed a new proposal to help potential surrounding communities utilize technical assistance funding.   The proposed new rule is meant to address situations where a host community agreement is executed towards the end of the application period thus delaying a potential surrounding community’s ability to petition the Commission for technical assistance funding.   In such situations, in order to provide a community more time to study impacts of a gaming establishment, the new proposed rule specifies that the start date for petitions by potential surrounding communities to require applicants to provide technical assistance funding  shall be no later than 90 days prior to the Category 1  (full casino) application deadline and no later than 60 days prior to the Category 2 (slots only) application deadline.  If a host community agreement is executed earlier, potential surrounding communities would still be able to petition the Commission at an earlier date (30 days after the execution of the host community agreement) under the current rule included in the Commission’s draft phase 2 regulations.      For a more detailed description of the proposed new rule, please see this blog post.

2. Should the Commission move its Category 1 application deadline from its current projected December 31, 2013 date to a date in the beginning of December to be able to incorporate additional time needed to resolve issues such as disagreements between applicants and surrounding communities?

Recently, the Commission drafted protocols and procedures to enable potential surrounding communities and gaming applicants to reach a surrounding community agreement if one has not been reached by the time of an application.  Although the protocols and procedures are designed to be efficient, they will take a substantial number of days that need to be incorporated in the schedule for the award of licenses.   In order to do so, the Commission is considering moving its Category 1 deadline ahead by approximately one month from the current December 31, 2013 to the beginning of December 2013.   The Commission has proposed steps, including potentially earlier technical assistance,  to help communities and applicants work with the somewhat shorter pre-application timeframe.

3. Should the Commission require applicants for a gaming license to forward a copy of the studies and reports relative to impacts of a gaming establishment that it submits as part of its RFA-2 application (in accordance with 205 CMR 119.01(36)) to each of the prospective surrounding communities to the gaming establishment on the date it submits the application?

On March 28, 2013, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved a set of draft Phase 2 regulations for purposes of commencing the process towards final promulgation.  There are two parts that comprise the draft:  1. An update to the existing regulations, and 2. New regulations governing the phase 2 licensing process.  The new regulations cover such topics as the content and evaluation of the applications, host community agreements and elections, the designation of surrounding communities and the execution of surrounding community agreements.  A public hearing on the proposals will be scheduled for May 3, 2013.

Prior to the public hearing, the Commission welcomes written comment on the drafts. Please submit your comments no later than Wednesday, May 1st at 5:00pm.  Those who wish to submit written comments on the draft regulations may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulations comment’ in the subject line.”  Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation for which you are commenting.

Download draft regulations here:
Responses regarding requests for comment for Phase 2 Regulations:

 

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Region C

In an effort to expedite next steps for Region C (Southeastern Mass), MGC is requesting public comment as to why the Commission should or should not open Region C to commercial RFPs with the Commission deciding whether to issue a commercial license to an applicant taking into account economic and other circumstances as they exist at the time of the licensing decision in light of the statutory objectives that govern expanded gaming in the Commonwealth.

Please send comments and suggestions to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “Region C” in the subject line. Comments must be received no later than Tuesday, April 16, at 5:00 pm.

Responses regarding requests for comment on Region C:

Previous Request Seeking Public Comment:
Region C

On March 21, 2013, The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) is hosting its weekly open meeting in southeastern Massachusetts to discuss the status of Region C. In December 2012, the Commission unanimously agreed to revisit the status of Region C in March 2013. At this time, the Commission will review the current status of gaming-related activity in Region C as it pertains to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, potential commercial developers, and the interests of the residents of Region C.

Those who wish to submit written comments on the topic may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Region C’ in the subject line no later than March 19, 2013 at 5:00pm.

Public officials or representatives of interested parties who wish to address the Commission at this meeting should send an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us  with ‘Request to address the Commission’ in the subject line. The email should contain your full name, your affiliation and a brief description of the oral presentation you would like to make. In order to use the available time most efficiently, the Commission will notify you before the meeting if it will hear your oral presentation. If the Commission is not able to hear from you orally, the Commission will gratefully accept your written thoughts and opinions by email.

Responses regarding Requests for Comment: Region C
Requests (submitted in writing) to address the Commission on March 21, 2013:

Click UPDATED and FINAL list of speakers anticipated to address the Commission at Thursday’s Region C meeting. The Commission has requested that speakers limit their comments to ten (10 ) minutes. PLEASE NOTE: The list to request to speak is now closed.

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