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

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting comment on the following draft regulation amendments:

  • 205 CMR 3.00 DRAFT: Harness Horse Racing
    The amendments describe Veterinary practices, set up conditions that allow for the use of therapeutic medications, reduce penalties for multiple medication violations, change the Furosemide dosage to 500 mg, expand criteria for out of competition testing, and allow judges to use environmental contaminants and substances of human use as possibilities for mitigating circumstances in disciplinary actions.
  • 205 CMR 4.00 DRAFT: Rules of Horse Racing
    The amendments describe Veterinary practices, set up conditions that allow for the use of therapeutic medications, reduce penalties for multiple medication violations, expand criteria for out of competition testing, and allow judges to use environmental contaminants and substances of human use as possibilities for mitigating circumstances in disciplinary actions.
  • 205 CMR 115.00 DRAFT: Phase 1 and New Qualifier Suitability Determination, Standards, and Procedures
    The amendments clarify licensee and qualifier reporting and update requirements to the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau.
  • 205 CMR 134.04 DRAFT: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations
    The amendments remove outside directors and sales representatives as automatic gaming vendor qualifiers.
  • 205 CMR 141.00 DRAFT: Surveillance of the Gaming Establishment
    The amendments update the surveillance regulations to conform to best practices within the industry.
  • 205 CMR 143.02 DRAFT: Gaming Devices and Electronic Gaming Equipment
    The amendments supplement the previously adopted GLI (Gaming Laboratory International) standards pertaining to progressive slot machines and wide area progressive slot machines.

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. A public hearing on the matter will be held on August 17, 2017 at 10:00am, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Comments must be received by Friday, August 18, 2017, at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, and update the draft regulations where appropriate.

A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to administrative closure of a license application or registration

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

  • 205 CMR 134.14 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations
    The amendments change the administrative closure periods to 21 days each for gaming vendors and employees. If an employee or vendor chooses to file a new application, these amendments remove the mandatory waiting period and they are able to immediately submit a new application.

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. A public hearing on the matter will be held on August 3, 2017 at 2:00pm, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Comments must be received by Friday, August 4, 2017, at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, and update the draft regulations where appropriate.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

A Request for Public Comment: Design changes proposed by MGM Springfield

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting public comment on proposed design changes to the Region B category 1 gaming establishment. MGM Springfield presented on the proposed changes at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission open public meetings held on September 24th, November 5th, and December 3rd, 2015, as well as January 21, 2016. Please find the proposed design changes, and video of the open public meetings, below:

Further detail regarding MGM Springfield’s proposed changes is included in a Site Plan Review presented to representatives of the City of Springfield on October 10th, 2015. In addition, further detail is included MGM Springfield’s Preliminary Application and Parcel List, as well as the Notice of Project change, filed with the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs on October 15th, 2015.

Additional documents relative to MGM Springfield’s proposed design:

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘MGM Springfield Design’ in the subject line.

A Request for Public Comment: Design changes proposed by Wynn Boston Harbor

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting public comment on proposed design changes to the Region A category 1 gaming establishment. Wynn Boston Harbor (formerly Wynn Everett) presented the proposed changes at Massachusetts Gaming Commission open public meetings held on March 19 and October 29, 2015, as well as March 22 and October 26, 2016, and February 16, 2017. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Wynn Design’ in the subject line.

At the October 29, 2015 Commission meeting, the Commission requested Wynn Boston Harbor to provide the following images of the proposed Wynn facility in Everett.

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Wynn Design D Assembly Row Station

Wynn Design A Bunker Hill Monument

Wynn Design B Charlestown Water

Wynn Design C Route 93

Previous Requests

See archived requests for public comment here.

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