OCCC Welcomes Second Round Of Comments From Stakeholders For Batch Four

Commission has made various revisions to proposal since its initial release
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The Ohio Casino Control Commission is welcoming a second round of comments from stakeholders on its fourth batch of sports betting rules.

The OCCC rules address sports gaming supplier and employee licensing, house rules, and Type-A, Type-B, and Type-C Proprietor specific duties.

Gov. Mike DeWine legalized sports betting in Ohio on Dec. 22 when he signed bill HB 29 into law. Yet, wagering on sports isn’t expected to take place in Ohio until later this year after all systems are in place to operate it statewide. The law states that legal sports betting must be launched by Jan. 1, 2023.

Most of the proposed revisions for the second round of comments regarding Batch 4 of proposed rules deal with rules for Type B proprietor duties that address sports gaming facility cashiering. They focus on how the cashiering activities will be staffed and supervised. Additionally, the updated rules state that a Type B sports gaming proprietor must either utilize an automated cash management system approved by the executive director or install and maintain alternative procedures as approved by the executive editor.

The OCCC welcomed a second round of comments from stakeholders on its third batch of proposed rules at the beginning of March.

Sports gaming facility design, inspections

Also, rules were added for Type-B proprietor duties concerning sports gaming facility design and inspections.

One additional rule states that a Type-B sports gaming proprietor conducting sports gaming within a video lottery terminal facility must conduct sports gaming in a separate room or area segregated within the video lottery facility, unless otherwise approved by the OCCC and the Ohio Lottery Commission.

The other additional rule concerning sports gaming facility design and inspection states that a Type-B sports gaming proprietor conducting sports gaming within a casino gaming facility must do so in a separate room or area within the casino facility, unless otherwise approved by the commission.

Concerning sports gaming facility and surveillance, an additional rule was added that states the surveillance system must monitor and record the entrances and exits to the sports gaming facility with enough clarity to identify patrons, employees, and contractors.

Concerning house rules, the main proposed update makes it clear that the sports gaming proprietor must always make the house rules “readily available and easily accessible” on its website, mobile application, and in all sports gaming facilities.

Written comments by stakeholders regarding the second round of comments for the fourth batch of proposed rules must be submitted to rulescomments@casinocontrol.ohio.gov by 5 p.m. on March 25.

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