A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to horse racing, harness racing, qualifier suitability, licensing and registration, surveillance, and electronic gaming devices

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is hereby requesting comment on the following draft regulation amendments:

  • 205 CMR 3.00 DRAFT: Harness Horse Racing
    The amendments describe Veterinary practices, set up conditions that allow for the use of therapeutic medications, reduce penalties for multiple medication violations, change the Furosemide dosage to 500 mg, expand criteria for out of competition testing, and allow judges to use environmental contaminants and substances of human use as possibilities for mitigating circumstances in disciplinary actions.
  • 205 CMR 4.00 DRAFT: Rules of Horse Racing
    The amendments describe Veterinary practices, set up conditions that allow for the use of therapeutic medications, reduce penalties for multiple medication violations, expand criteria for out of competition testing, and allow judges to use environmental contaminants and substances of human use as possibilities for mitigating circumstances in disciplinary actions.
  • 205 CMR 115.00 DRAFT: Phase 1 and New Qualifier Suitability Determination, Standards, and Procedures
    The amendments clarify licensee and qualifier reporting and update requirements to the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau.
  • 205 CMR 134.04 DRAFT: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations
    The amendments remove outside directors and sales representatives as automatic gaming vendor qualifiers.
  • 205 CMR 141.00 DRAFT: Surveillance of the Gaming Establishment
    The amendments update the surveillance regulations to conform to best practices within the industry.
  • 205 CMR 143.02 DRAFT: 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. A public hearing on the matter will be held on August 17, 2017 at 10:00am, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Comments must be received by Friday, August 18, 2017, at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, and update the draft regulations where appropriate.

A Request for Public Comment: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to administrative closure of a license application or registration

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

  • 205 CMR 134.14 DRAFT AMENDMENTS: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations
    The amendments change the administrative closure periods to 21 days each for gaming vendors and employees. If an employee or vendor chooses to file a new application, these amendments remove the mandatory waiting period and they are able to immediately submit a new application.

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. A public hearing on the matter will be held on August 3, 2017 at 2:00pm, at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA.

Comments must be received by Friday, August 4, 2017, at 4:00pm. The Commission will review any comments received, and update the draft regulations where appropriate.

To view the draft regulations, click here:

 

Previous Request for Public Comment: Rules of the Game (Red Dog, Boston 5 stud poker, Double Cross Poker, Double Attack Blackjack, Four Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, etc.)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game:

  • RED DOG
  • BOSTON 5 STUD POKER
  • DOUBLE CROSS POKER
  • DOUBLE ATTACK BLACKJACK
  • FOUR CARD POKER
  • TEXAS HOLD ‘EM BONUS POKER
  • FLOP POKER
  • TWO CARD JOKER POKER
  • ASIA POKER
  • ULTIMATE TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
  • WINNER’S POT POKER
  • SUPREME PAI GOW
  • MISSISSIPPI STUD
  • CASINO WAR

The comment period is now closed.

The draft rules can be found here.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Red Dog, Mini Baccarat, Sic Bo, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, Chemin De Fer, Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Double Down Stud, Let It Ride Poker, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Fast Action Hold’em, Colorado Hold’em)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game:

  • RED DOG
  • MINI BACCARAT
  • SIC BO
  • PAI GOW
  • PAI GOW POKER
  • BACCARAT – CHEMIN DE FER
  • POKER
  • CARIBBEAN STUD POKER
  • DOUBLE DOWN STUD
  • LET IT RIDE POKER
  • SPANISH 21
  • THREE CARD POKER
  • FAST ACTION HOLD ‘EM
  • COLORADO HOLD ‘EM POKER

The comment period is now closed.

To view the draft rules, please click here.

Previous Request for Public Comment: Table Games Rules (Craps, Mini-Craps, Blackjack, Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Roulette, Big Six Wheel, Red Dog)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on the following proposed table game rules of the game:

  • Craps and Mini-Craps
  • Blackjack
  • Baccarat
  • Midi Baccarat
  • Roulette and Big Six Wheel
  • Red Dog

The comment period is now closed.

The draft rules can be found here:

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