A Request for Public Comment: Applications to conduct live horse racing in 2015

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission requests public comment on the applications it received to conduct horse racing in 2015.

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 2015:

  • Springfield Gaming and Redevelopment, LLC
    Application | Exhibits
    An application to conduct a 105-day live harness racing meet at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, MA. The proposed meet will be conducted primarily on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from April 1 – November 30, with Sundays replacing Mondays in April and May.
  • Brockton Agricultural Society
    Application
    A “placeholder” application for a one-day live Thoroughbred racing meet at the Brockton Fairgrounds. May be later amended to apply for a maximum of 15 live racing days.
  • Middleborough Agricultural Society
    Application
    A “placeholder” application for a one-day live Thoroughbred racing meet at the Brockton Fairgrounds. May be later amended to apply for a maximum of 15 live racing days.
  • New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association
    Application
    A “placeholder” application for a one-day live Thoroughbred racing meet at Suffolk Downs. May be later amended to a minimum of 65 live racing days “or such other number of… racing days as may be approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the interest of the health and safety of the horses, riders, and drivers.”

Public hearings regarding these applications have been scheduled as follows:

  • Plainville
    Plainville Senior Center, Monday October 20th at 1:30pm
  • Brockton
    The Conference Center at Massasoit, Monday October 20th at 10:30am
  • Boston
    1000 Washington St, Tuesday October 21st at 10:00am.

Comments must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, October 30th, 2014. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘horse racing applications’ in the subject line.

The comments received and recommendations of the Racing Division will be reported to the Commission at its public meeting scheduled for November 6th. By law, the Commission must “grant or dismiss” each application not later than November 15th.

A Request for Public Comment: Regulations pertaining to internal controls

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

  • 205 CMR 138.00 DRAFT: Uniform Standards of Accounting Procedures and Internal Controls

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘draft regulation comment’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received, update the proposed regulations as necessary, and hold a public hearing on the matters. The public hearing, including a formal comment period, has not yet been scheduled

To view the 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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