REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Draft of MGM Springfield’s Gaming Beverage License Application and Request for Extended Hours

MGC is requesting public comment on a draft of MGM Springfield’s gaming beverage license application and, specifically, its request for extended hours on the gaming floor. The Commission, during a public meeting at its Boston office, reviewed MGM’s draft application and decided to seek public feedback. All submitted comments will be reviewed and considered by the Commission before a final determination on MGM’s license application.

As required by the gaming law, MGM Springfield recently submitted a draft beverage license application to the MGC. The application is substantially complete and contains requests for 22 licensed areas throughout the property. Generally, the application seeks alcohol service at each of these areas between the hours of 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. According to the license application, all front-facing bars will close at 2 a.m. Also, MGM Springfield is requesting extended alcohol service between 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. specifically on the casino floor and only to patrons actively engaged in gambling. A recent legislative amendment provided the MGC with authority to consider a two-hour extension of alcohol service (between 2 a.m. – 4 a.m.) at licensed gaming facilities only on the gaming floor so long as the patron is actively gaming and to require the necessary restrictions and limitations.

Read MGM Springfield’s draft gaming beverage application

Request for public comment:

Specifically, the MGC is seeking public comment about MGM’s request for extended alcohol service between 2 a.m. – 4 a.m. exclusively on the casino floor and only to patrons actively engaged in gambling.

How to submit a comment:

Send comments via email at mgccomments@state.ma.us with “MGM Springfield Liquor License Application” in the subject line.

Mail written comments to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA 02110 Attn: Catherine Blue, General Counsel.

Comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018.

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Proposed MGC FY19 Budget

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is seeking public comment on its fiscal year 2019 (FY19) proposed budget. On May 24, 2018, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission reviewed the proposed FY18 budget during a public meeting and is now issuing a request for public comment. The Commission is seeking comments from licensee(s), applicants, and the public on the contents of the budget memo.

Comments must be received by 4:00pm on Monday, June 4, 2018. Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘FY18 proposed budget’ in the subject line.

To view the recent memos presented to the Commission on the proposed FY19 budget, click below:

REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: Draft regulation amendments pertaining to adjudicatory proceedings, table games technical and equipment standards

Notice is hereby provided that in accordance with G.L. c. 30A, §2, that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) will convene a public hearing for purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information relative to a proposed new sections to 205 CMR. The proposals were developed pursuant to G.L. c. 23K, §5, as part of the Commission’s regulation promulgation process. The proposals include amendments to the following sections:

Scheduled hearing date and time: Thursday, June 21st at 9:30am.
Hearing location:  Offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston, MA

Anyone wishing to offer comment on any of the draft regulations may appear at the public hearing at the designated date and time or submit written comments. Those who wish to submit written comments on a draft regulation may do so by sending an email to mgccomments@state.ma.us with “draft regulations comment” in the subject line. Please be certain to identify in your comments the section number of the regulation on which you are commenting. Comments must be received by 4:00pm on Friday, June 8th, 2018. 

A Request for Public Comment: 2018 Community Mitigation Fund Applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission hereby requests public comment on grant applications from the 2018 Community Mitigation Fund.

Please email comments to mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘2018 Community Mitigation Fund applications’ in the subject line. The Commission will review any comments received.

About the Community Mitigation Fund

As part of the effort to help offset impacts that may result from the development and operation of gaming facilities in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Legislature created the Community Mitigation Fund as part of the Expanded Gaming Act. Pursuant to the Act, applications for funds are annually due in the beginning of February [February 1, 2018].

Over the next few years while the gaming facilities are being constructed and particularly when the facilities are operational, the Community Mitigation Fund will play a pivotal role in helping communities and others address impacts. The Commission looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with communities and other interested parties regarding the use of these funds in the future. Once Category 1 (full casino) facilities are operational, significant new funds will be deposited annually into the Community Mitigation Fund. However, at the current time, the Community Mitigation Fund will need to rely on one-time funds deposited by gaming licensees as part of their gaming license fees.

To read the full guidelines for the 2018 Community Mitigation Fund, click here.

For more information on the 2018 Community Mitigation Fund, click here.

Specific Impact Applications
Transportation Planning Grant Applications
Workforce Development Pilot Program Applications
Non-Transportation Planning Grant Application
Tribal Gaming Technical Assistance Grant Application
Reserve Planning Grant Applications

 

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