A 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:

A 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.

A Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to adjuicatory 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:

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

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

  • 205 CMR 152.00 DRAFT: Individuals Excluded from the Gaming Establishment

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line.  All written comments must be received by May 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The Commission will review any comments received, update the draft regulations 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:

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

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

  • 205 CMR 2.00 DRAFT: General Rules
  • 205 CMR 3.00 DRAFT: Harness Horse Racing
  • 205 CMR 4.00 DRAFT: 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:

 A 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 Requests

See archived requests for public comment here.

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