MGC Public Hearing – October 10, 2023

  • September 13, 2023

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 219.00: Temporary Licensing Procedures: This regulation governs the issuance and renewal of temporary sports wagering licenses. 205 CMR 231 governs renewals of full sports wagering licenses. The revised version of 205 CMR 219, filed by emergency on September 1, 202, limits the duration of a temporary license to one year in most cases. Every year, the operator must seek leave to request a “renewed” temporary license. Upon receiving leave, the operator pays another $1,000,000 licensing fee and goes through the statutory steps required for the issuance of a new temporary license.

205 CMR 231.00: Renewal of a Sports Wagering License: This regulation governs renewals of full sports wagering licenses. The renewal of full licenses is governed by M.G.L. c. 23N, § 6(f), which provides that a full license “may be renewed for 5-year periods upon payment of a $5,000,000 renewal fee; provided, that the operator shall continue to meet all requirements under this chapter and the rules and regulations of the commission,” pursuant to M. G. L. c. 23N, § 6(f).

Scheduled hearing date and time:

Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 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: 112 387 4209

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 October 9, 2023.

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