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Once the proposed language has been developed, the proposed Rules are published on the Division web page and a rulemaking workshop is scheduled. Gaming stakeholders are invited to attend the workshop and are encouraged to provide comment and concerns regarding the proposed Rule language. Occasionally comments are solicited via email to stakeholders in lieu of an in person workshop.
The Division then files a Notice of Formal Rulemaking with the Secretary of State’s Office and the Dept. of Regulatory Affairs. No sooner than 30 days after the Notice is filed, the proposed Rules are heard at a public hearing during a meeting of the Gaming Commission. Stakeholders are welcome to attend rulemaking hearings at the monthly Commission meetings, where they may give testimony regarding proposed Rule changes. If the Commission votes to adopt the proposed changes they would become effective approximately 45 to 60 days after adoption. Adopted Rules are posted on the Division web page.
On November 2, 2020, the Director of the Division of Gaming adopted Rules for the regulation of Fantasy Contest Operator Licensing and Registration. These Rules will be effective as of December 15, 2020.
1 CCR 207-3
Proposed change to Gaming Rules 4, 10, 12, and 21
On September 17, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve changes to Regulation 30-1099.15 and Regulation 30-2403. These changes became effective as of November 14, 2020.
At the request of the game owner, Old West Gaming Inc., the Division is removing the "river" wager and pay table from the game Western Stud, and adding language and a pay table referring to the Double Pay Ante wager.
The Commission promulgated Rule 24, Regulation 30-2403 – Determination of Tax Revenues Attributable to Extended and Limited Gaming in 2009. The formula adopted therein is not currently workable due to the unanticipated drastic decline in gaming revenues caused by the closing of Colorado Casinos with the advent of Covid-19, which rendered the extended limited gaming fund to decline into negative numbers. At the July 16, 2020 meeting the Gaming Commission adopted emergency changes to Regulation 30-2403 in order to facilitate the 2020 distribution of funds to the recipients. Emergency Rules expire after 120 day. The Division is proposing additional changes to Regulation 30-2403 in order to make the emergency changes permanent and to update the Regulation so that the formula adopted therein is workable in the event of future drastic declines in gaming revenues.
Proposed changes to Regulation 1099.15
Proposed changes to Regulation 30-2403
House Bill 20-1286 removed the regulation of fantasy contest operators from the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, and moved that regulatory responsibility to the Department of Revenue, Division of Gaming, effective September 1, 2020. The Division of Gaming will be adopting emergency Rules for fantasy contest operator licensing and registration at a special meeting of the Gaming Comission on August 31, 2020.
On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve emergency Regulation 30-313.5. This Regulation became effective as of August 27, 2020.
On August 24, 2020, Governor Polis issued Executive Order D 2020-173 temporarily suspending the portion of C.R.S. § 44-30-508(3) that prevents a casino operator from dividing its lawful gaming space into more than two noncontiguous spaces. Executive Order D 2020-173 authorizes the Commission to adopt emergency rules allowing the Division Director to approve additional noncontiguous gaming areas, while maintaining constitutional, statutory, and regulatory requirements. The purpose of the adoption of Emergency Regulation 30-313.5 is to create a safer environment for gaming patrons by allowing the 35% of the total square footage of gaming space to be spread over more noncontiguous spaces, thus allowing for greater ability to socially distance gaming patrons and machines to ensure licensed gaming operations are conducted to maintain the public health, safety, and welfare of gaming licensees, the gaming public and Division employees. Emergency Regulation 30-313.5 will immediately allow the implementation of Executive Order D 2020-173.
Emergency Resolution for Non Contiguous areas 2020
Regulation 313.5 Emergency redline
On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the permanent changes to Gaming Rules 1, 8, 12, 12, 16, 22 and 23. These changes will be effective as of October 15, 2020.
In 2019 the Colorado Division of Gaming conducted a formal review of Gaming Rule 12 Gaming Devices and Equipment. Feedback received from the gaming industry at the time indicated that there was an interest in changes to Rule 12 that would allow for the use of purchase tickets, tickets at tables, multi-state wide area progressives, and alternative ways to handle betting options on table game themed slot machines.
Propsed changes to Rules 1, 8, 10, 12, 16, 22 and 23
On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the permanent changes to Gaming Regulation 30-303. These changes will be effective as of October 30, 2020.
At the June 18, 2020, meeting of the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, the Commission voted to adopt emergency changes to Gaming Regulation 30-303 License Fees. The purpose of these changes was to separate the cost of fingerprinting from the license application fee, allowing Gaming license applicants to choose whether to be fingerprinted by the Division of Gaming or by an outside vendor. Emergency Rules expire after 120 days.
Propsed changes to Regulation 30-303
All current Rules and Regulations
To suggest changes to Gaming Rules and Regulations please submit a Suggested Rule Revision form to Rules Manager Ronni Hunter at DOR_Gaming_RuleMaking@state.co.us.
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