SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there is hereby established a Special Commission on Sports Gaming, the purpose of which shall be to consider and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of authorizing sports betting in the Commonwealth, potential statutory and regulatory structures and methodologies for so doing, potential types and amounts of assessment or taxation of such activities, and any and all other relevant issues.
Said commission shall conduct a comprehensive review of sports betting including, but not limited to: economic development, consumer protection, taxation, legal and regulatory structures, burdens and benefits to the commonwealth and any other factors the commission deems relevant.
SECTION 2. The commission shall consist of 11 members: 3 members appointed by the Governor with industry expertise in gaming and sports betting; the Attorney General or designee; The Treasurer or designee; the Secretary of Public Safety or designee; 1 member who shall be appointed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission; 2 members who shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, 1 member who shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; 2 members who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and 1 member who shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The commission shall elect a chair at its first meeting.
SECTION 3. The Commission shall submit a report to the legislature including any recommendations and drafts of legislation it may deem necessary to carry out such recommendations into effect, by filing same with the clerk of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, as well as the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies within 180 days of the passage of this act.
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