A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to Gaming Day, Unsecured Wagers, and Unclaimed Cash

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) requests comment on the draft proposal below. The proposal contains amendments to existing regulations governing the establishment of a ‘gaming day’ and the process by which ‘unsecured funds’ are handled as well as related financial reconciliation mechanisms. A public hearing will be convened in the future relative to this proposal. Until that time, informal written comments are welcome.

Anybody wishing to offer comment on any of the draft amendments may submit written comments 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. Comments must be received by 4:00pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to progressive gaming devices

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

  • 205 CMR 143.02 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: 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. Comments must be received by 4:00pm on October 24, 2017.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

A Request for Public Comment: MGC seeking public comment on 2018 horse racing applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission requests public comment on the applications it received to conduct horse racing in 2018. 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 2018:

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, LLC:

An application to conduct a 6-day running horse racing meeting in July, August and September 2018 at Suffolk Downs in Boston and Revere, MA.

Plainville Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC:

An application to conduct a 100-day harness horse racing meeting from April through November 2018 at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, MA.

Public hearings regarding these applications have been scheduled as follows:

  • Boston – Hearing Notice
    Massachusetts Gaming Commission
    101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA
    Tuesday, October 17, 10:00am
  • Plainville – Hearing Notice
    Plainville Council on Aging
    9 School Street, Plainville, MA
    Wednesday, October 25, 10:00am

Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Monday, November 6, 2017. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘horse racing applications’ in the subject line.

The comments received and recommendations of the Division of Racing will be reported to the Commission at its public meeting scheduled for November 9th. By law, the Commission must “grant or dismiss” each application not later than November 15th.

A Request for Public Comment: Monthly rewards card statements

Notice is hereby provided that in accordance with G.L. c.30A, §2, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) will convene a public hearing for purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information relative to the following amendments:

  • 205 CMR 138.13: Complimentary Services or Items and Promotional Gaming Credits.  This regulation is intended to clarify and aid in the implementation of that provision of G.L. c.23K, § 29 that requires a gaming license to issue to each patron who has been issued a rewards card a monthly statement which shall include the patron’s total bets, wins and losses. This regulation covers the provision of notice, the opportunity to opt out, and the corresponding use of technology in the implementation of these requirements. You may review this proposal by clicking HERE.

 Scheduled hearing date and time: October 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Hearing location: Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Anybody wishing to offer comment on any of the draft regulations may appear at the public hearing at the designated date and time or submit written comments. 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. Comments must be received by 4:00p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017.

A Request for Public Comment: Economic Development Strategies

Earlier this summer, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission reached out to economic organizations, chambers of commerce, regional workforce leaders, tourism bureaus and critical leaders in the host and surrounding communities around the three gaming licensees.  The goal was to gather innovative and thoughtful strategies that could build off the economic impact our casinos will have in their immediate vicinity and across the Commonwealth. This may be one of the first times a state with gaming has sought to strategically plan to enhance the economy and business climate around a casino.

The Commission wants to encourage collaboration and partnerships through this strategy creation process and bring forth solid ideas that could be considered for funding through the Commonwealth’s new Gaming Economic Development Fund. This new fund created under the Expanded Gaming Act – funded by gaming tax revenue – lays out its own spending priorities and requires appropriation by our legislative leaders.

Recently, our partners submitted several strategies for consideration. In continuing the Commission’s goal to remain transparent in the conduct of our business, we are posting these strategies for comment by the public. The Commission itself will meet with these local stakeholders and learn more about their strategies and ask questions before compiling a final report and submitting it to the legislature for their consideration before the FY 2019 fiscal year budget begins.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “Economic Development Strategies” in the subject line, or mail them to 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110.

Comments must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017, at 4:00pm.

View proposed strategy submissions:

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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