A Request for 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.

A 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. **

A 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.

A 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:

  • 118.06: Amended to give the Commission flexibility in issuing an effective date for the gaming license.
  • 121.00: Amendments giving applicants guidance regarding the payment of license fees and assessments.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Request Seeking 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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