Created by Executive Order 2011-01K, the Common Sense Initiative (CSI), and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly, require state agencies, including the Casino Control Commission, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by Senate Bill 2), and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules. 

The Ohio Casino Control Commission submitted the following proposed rules to the CSI office for review on June 26, 2018: 

Brief Explanation of the Rules
These rules all concern the voluntary exclusion program (“VEP”) and help implement the proposed statewide Ohio VEP. The Ohio VEP will be a partnership between the Casino Control Commission and the Lottery Commission, which will govern all casino and video lottery terminal facilities. This means that an individual can sign up at one location and immediately and easily exclude themselves from all of eleven of these properties. The creation of the Ohio VEP has ripple effects throughout the rules, leading to updated language to reflect the addition of the Lottery Commission and video lottery terminal facilities. Finally, the amendments simplify and streamline the existing rules and their language based on past experience and stakeholder comment.

3772-12 Voluntary Exclusion Program (2 Rules)

3772-12-04 (amendment) – titled “Responsibilities of excluded facilities.” This rule prescribes the minimum responsibilities of casino operators to ensure compliance with the VEP. The amendments provide slight changes to the responsibilities of excluded facilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission pursuant to the creation of the Ohio VEP. The first amendment reflects a change in how the Commission provides the list of individuals participating in the program and provides that operators should be checking and updating their database with changes to the list within seven days. The next amendment clarifies the notification requirements for when an excluded person is found on the premises of a casino, requiring operators to immediately notify the applicable commission employee, and then follow up with additional information within seventy-two hours. This is already existing practice. Finally, the amended rule makes some streamlining changes, stripping out specifics and allowing each excluded facility to create its own problem gambling plan created under rule 3772-12-06, with which the operator must comply. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that casino facilities help combat compulsive and problem gambling.

3772-12-06 (amendment) – titled “Compulsive and problem gambling plan.” This rule details the procedures that must be included in each casino operator’s compulsive and problem gambling plan, including procedures regarding the implementation and enforcement of the voluntary exclusion program, the provision of responsible gambling materials to patrons, and the operator’s commitment to preventing underage gambling and gambling by persons who are impaired by drugs or alcohol. The amended rule moves some of these procedures from 3772-12-04 to 3772-12-06, creating one rule regarding internal procedures. Additionally, there are minor amendments that seek to combine, simplify, and streamline language. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that casino facilities are aiding the Commission in productively combatting compulsive and problem gambling.

 

Associated CSI Documents
Business Impact Analysis

Contact Information for Comments
The Commission welcomes comments regarding these proposed rules. To ensure your comments are considered as part of the Common Sense Initiative (“CSI”) review period, the Commission should receive them no later than July 10.

Any questions or comments with respect to these rules may be directed to William Cox via email at William.Cox@casinocontrol.ohio.gov or U.S. Mail at 100 East Broad Street, 20th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Comments may also be directed to the CSI Office at csipubliccomments@governor.ohio.gov.


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