MGC Public Hearing – March 5, 2024

  • February 12, 2024

Notice is hereby provided that in accordance with G.L. c. 30A § 2, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) will convene a public hearing for purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information relative to the proposed adoption of regulations. The regulations were promulgated pursuant to G.L. c. 23N § 4, as part of the Commission’s regulatory process, and concern the following regulations:

205 CMR 16.00: Procedures for the Approval of a Simulcast-Only Facility: The proposed regulation would govern the process by which the Commission receives, reviews, and evaluates requests for approval by a licensed simulcast entity to simulcast at a new location. The regulation is particularly concerned with input from the community or communities where the proposed facility will be located.

205 CMR 221.00: Sports Wagering License: This regulation is being amended to fix an apparent conflict between 205 CMR 221.01(1) and (2) that would require operators requesting a renewal of their temporary license to pay $1,000,000 upon requesting the renewed license, and another $1,000,000 within 30 days after receiving it. This revision clarifies that the operator needs to submit the $1,000,000 fee only once.

Scheduled hearing date and time:
Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 9:30 AM EST

Given the unprecedented circumstances, Governor Charles Baker issued an order to provide limited relief from certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law to protect the health and safety of the public and individuals interested in attending public meetings during the global Coronavirus pandemic. In keeping with the guidance provided, the Commission will conduct this hearing utilizing remote collaboration technology.

PARTICIPANT CODE: 112 030 2345

A complete copy of the draft regulations referenced above may be downloaded by visiting, clicking on ‘Regulations and Compliance’ and selecting the ‘Proposed Rulemaking’ Section. Anyone wishing to offer comments on these regulations can email and request the virtual hearing link to appear and speak. Alternatively, written comments may also be submitted to the same email address with ‘Regulation Comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be received by 5:00 PM EST on March 4, 2024.

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