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Regulations Hearing – December 17, 2020

  • November 06, 2020

Notice of Public Hearing

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 a proposed new regulation and two regulation amendments in 205 CMR. The proposals were developed pursuant to G.L. c. 23K § 5, as part of the Commission’s regulation promulgation process, and concern the following regulations:

205 CMR 146.13: Blackjack Table; Card Reader Device; Physical Characteristics; Inspections. This amendment would clarify that the Blackjack table layout should include an inscription identifying either 3-to-2 or 6-to-5 payout odds.

205 CMR 153.00: Community Mitigation Fund. The proposed regulation would govern the manner in which the Commission exercises its authority established pursuant to G.L. 23K, § 61 to administer the Community Mitigation Fund and expend funds to assist the host and surrounding communities, or any other communities identified in G.L. 23K, § 61, in offsetting costs related to the construction and operation of the gaming establishments.

205 CMR 133.00: Voluntary Self-Exclusion. The proposed amendment contains administrative changes that ensure uniformity in the process of managing and maintaining the Voluntary Self-Exclusion list, specify who is deemed a “designated agent” and has access to such list, clarify the application’s contents, and refine the qualification requirements for providers of services offered by the Voluntary Self-Exclusion program.

Scheduled hearing date and time: Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

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.

  • CONFERENCE CALL NUMBER: 1-646-741-5292
    PARTICIPANT CODE: 111 561 1328

A complete copy of the draft regulations referenced above may be downloaded by visiting www.massgaming.com, clicking on ‘Regulations and Compliance’ and selecting the ‘Proposed Rulemaking’ section. Anyone wishing to offer comments on this regulation can email shara.bedard@massgaming.gov and request the virtual hearing link to appear and speak.

Alternatively, written comments may also be submitted to that same email address with ‘Regulation Comment’ in the subject line. Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2020.

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