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 two proposed 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 138.26 (4) Keys for Dual Locks; Gaming Licensee-Controlled Keys and Locks; Notice to the IEB and Surveillance Department upon Malfunction and Repair, Maintenance or ReplacementThe proposed amendment will increase the physical inventory of keys, to be performed by licensee and reported to the Commission from once yearly to every three months.

205 CMR 147.00 Uniform Standards of Rules to Table Games: The proposed amendments will provide regulatory guidance for a dealer by establishing two protocols for how wagers are to be treated. A dealer may notify a patron that their wager, which is above or below the established table maximum or minimum, will be paid out or taken to pursuant to the established table maximum. If a dealer does not make this announcement, then the patron’s wager would be paid or taken in its entirety regardless of the established table maximum.

Scheduled hearing date and time: Thursday, April 28, 2022, 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:  111 129 2709

A complete copy of the draft regulation 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 judith.young@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 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.

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