A 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.  All written comments must be received by August 20, 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:

A 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.

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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