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 February 27, 2019:
Brief Explanation of the Rules
The amendments contained within these packages relate directly to the introduction of the new umbrella term “player against player contests,” which encompasses poker, poker tournaments, table games tournaments, and slot tournaments - wherein the only stake the casino operator has is a rake, which includes commissions and entry fees. Because of this new designation, the amendments seek to distinguish three separate items that require different levels of regulatory scrutiny: advertisements, promotions, and player against player contests. Of those three, player against player contests merit the most regulatory scrutiny but, by their very nature, still generally require less than standard table game or slot machine play. One additional consistent change, a reflection of present practice, is codifying the Executive Director’s approval authority throughout the rules, given that role’s responsibility to administer casino gaming pursuant to R.C. 3772.06. This will allow for day-to-day casino operations to generally be more dynamic, without sacrificing regulatory oversight.
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 March 13, 2019
Any questions or comments with respect to these rules may be directed to Michelle Siba via email at Michelle.Siba@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 email@example.com.
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