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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 68: Registry for operators under chapter 64G

Section 68. (a) The executive office of housing and economic development, in consultation with the executive office of technology services and security and the department of revenue, shall establish and maintain a registry for all operators under chapter 64G who file an application and are issued a certificate of registration in accordance with section 67 of chapter 62C.

(b) The executive office of housing and economic development shall promulgate regulations, in accordance with section 2 of chapter 30A, that are necessary to: (i) develop and implement a registry that is accessible and available to the public; and (ii) support the competitive operation of the traditional lodging industry, short-term rental industry and hosting platforms to operate competitively in the commonwealth. The regulations shall require that a public hearing be held and that a small business impact statement be filed.

(c) The executive office of housing and economic development shall, in developing regulations to implement the registry, consider: (i) existing practices of peer states; (ii) data security practices, protocols and standards; (iii) technological feasibility of existing digital systems, including the feasibility of developing and maintaining a searchable online directory; (iv) information required to be collected and maintained for operators in the registry, which shall, at a minimum, include a list of accommodations offered for rent by operators who are registered in accordance with section 67 of chapter 62C, provided, however, that the location information for any accommodation offered for rent shall be limited to the name of the street and the city or town where the accommodation is located; (v) any forms or records necessary to implement this section and meet such requirements under this chapter and chapter 64G; (vi) practices utilized to disclose or report information to cities and towns by request; (vii) impacts on the traditional lodging industry, short-term rental industry and hosting platforms; (viii) the fiscal impact to the commonwealth; and (ix) any relevant federal or state laws and regulations.

The executive office of housing and economic development shall establish procedures and protocols to protect the confidentiality and security of an operator's personal information and tax information and prohibit the disclosure of such personal information and tax information maintained pursuant to this section.