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Section 21. (a) The commission shall prescribe the form of the gaming license, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following license conditions for each licensee. The licensee shall:

(1) have an affirmative obligation to abide by every statement made in its application to the commission, including all evaluation criteria and eligibility requirements;

(2) comply with all laws of the commonwealth, the laws of the United States and all rules and regulations promulgated under this chapter;

(3) pay daily to the commission the gross gaming revenue payment;

(4) make, or cause to be made, capital expenditures to its gaming establishment in a minimum aggregate amount equal to 3.5 per cent of the net gaming revenues derived from the establishment; provided, however, that a gaming licensee may make capital expenditures in an amount less than 3.5 per cent per year as part of a multi-year capital expenditure plan approved by the commission;

(5) not change its business governing structure without the notification and approval of the commission;

(6) not operate, invest in or own, in whole or in part, another gaming licensee’s license or gaming establishment;

(7) cooperate with the commission and the attorney general in all gaming-related investigations. Each gaming licensee shall make readily available all documents, materials, equipment, personnel and any other items requested during an investigation; provided, however, that material that the gaming licensee considers a trade secret or detrimental to the gaming licensee if it were made public may, with the commission’s approval, be protected from public disclosure and the gaming licensee may require nondisclosure agreements with the commission before disclosing such material;

(8) cooperate with the commission and the attorney general with respect to the investigation of any criminal matter; provided, however, that the gaming licensee shall, upon receipt of a criminal or civil process compelling testimony or production of documents in connection with a civil or criminal investigation, immediately disclose such information to the commission; and provided further, that this clause shall not prohibit private persons or public entities from seeking any remedy or damages against a gaming licensee;

(9) allow the commission or the division and state police officers assigned to the commission or the division to conduct warrantless searches of the licensee’s gaming area;

(10) have a duty to inform the commission of any action which the gaming licensee reasonably believes would constitute a violation of this chapter, and shall assist the commission and any federal or state law enforcement agency in the investigation and prosecution of such violation; provided, however, that no person who informs the commission of such an action shall be discriminated against by an applicant or gaming licensee as a consequence for having supplied such information;

(11) provide an office for the commission at the gaming establishment and the designated state police unit at the gaming establishment; provided, however, that the commission shall establish the minimum requirements for square footage for the state police office, office furnishings and parking spaces;

(12) collect and annually report to the commission a detailed statistical report on the number, job titles, benefits and salaries of employees hired and retained in employment at the gaming establishment;

(13) employ only those persons licensed or registered by the commission;

(14) do business only with those vendors licensed or registered by the commission;

(15) provide to the commission aggregate demographic information with respect to the gaming licensee’s customers in a manner and under a schedule to be defined by the commission;

(16) provide complimentary on-site space for an independent substance abuse, compulsive gambling and mental health counseling service and establish a program to train gaming employees in the identification of and intervention with customers exhibiting problem gaming behavior;

(17) keep conspicuously posted in the gaming area a notice containing the name and a telephone number for problem gambling assistance; provided, however, that the commission may require the gaming licensee to provide this information in more than 1 language;

(18) provide a process for individuals to exclude their names and contact information from the gaming licensee’s database or any other list held by the gaming licensee for use in marketing or promotional communications;

(19) institute additional public health strategies as required by the commission;

(20) abide by an affirmative action program of equal opportunity by which the gaming licensee guarantees to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees qualified for licensure in all employment categories, including persons with a disabilities, under the laws of the commonwealth;

(21) formulate for commission approval and abide by an affirmative marketing program by which the gaming licensee identifies specific goals, expressed as an overall program goal applicable to the total dollar amount or value of contracts entered into, for the utilization of: (i) minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and veteran business enterprises to participate as contractors in the design of the gaming establishment; (ii) minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and veteran business enterprises to participate as contractors in the construction of the gaming establishment; and (iii) minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and veteran business enterprises to participate as vendors in the provision of goods and services procured by the gaming establishment and any businesses operated as part of the gaming establishment; provided, however, that the specific goals for the utilization of such minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and veteran business enterprises shall be based on the availability of such minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and veteran business enterprises engaged in the type of work to be contracted by the gaming licensee;

(22) formulate for commission approval and abide by an affirmative action program of equal opportunity whereby the licensee establishes specific goals for the utilization of minorities, women and veterans on construction jobs; provided, however, that such goals shall be equal to or greater than the goals contained in executive office of administration and finance administration Bulletin Number 14; provided further, that in furtherance of the specific goals for the utilization of minorities, women and veterans on construction jobs, the gaming licensee shall send to each labor union or representative of workers with which the gaming licensee or its agent has a collective bargaining agreement or other contract or understanding, a notice advising the labor union or workers’ representative of the gaming licensee’s commitments;

(23) provide to the commission, on a quarterly basis, a detailed statistical report on the number, gender and race of individuals hired to perform labor as part of the construction of the gaming establishment;

(24) collect and annually provide to the commission a detailed statistical report on the total dollar amounts contracted with and actually paid to minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and veteran business enterprises in: (i) design contracts; (ii) construction contracts; and (iii) contracts for every good and service procured by the gaming establishment; provided, however, that such statistical report shall also identify the amounts so contracted as a percentage of the total dollar amounts contracted with and actually paid to all firms; and

(25) require its security personnel to conduct regular checks of parking areas for minors left in motor vehicles and immediately report any such finding to the local and state police in the municipality wherein the gaming establishment is located.

(b) No person shall transfer a gaming license, a direct or indirect real interest, structure, real property, premises, facility, personal interest or pecuniary interest under a gaming license issued under this chapter or enter into an option contract, management contract or other agreement or contract providing for such transfer in the present or future, without the notification to, and approval by, the commission. The commission may promulgate rules and regulations that create exemptions from the approval requirement; provided, however, that: (i) in no event shall a bona fide banking institution, as defined in section 1 of chapter 167A, or a commercial financial institution which becomes a substantial party of interest with a gaming licensee be considered a transferee; (ii) the commission may require the transferor, transferee or both to pay to the commission an amount representing the commonwealth’s share of the increased value for the transferred licenses, property or interest; provided further, that the commission shall consider as a factor in determining the amount of the payment the market value of the gaming license, property or interest when it was acquired and at the time of the transfer; provided further, that the commission may place additional conditions or restrictions on a transfer that the commission considers suitable; and provided further, that the commission may reject a transfer if the commission considers the transfer unsuitable; and (iii) any payments collected by the commission on behalf of the commonwealth based on the transfer shall be deposited in the same manner as license fees are deposited.

(c) The commission may include any reasonable additional requirements to the license conditions.

(d) A gaming licensee shall meet with municipally-owned and not-for-profit entertainment venues located in the commonwealth to discuss a mitigation plan which may include, but shall not be limited to, agreements regarding event scheduling, promotions, ticket prices, marketing and other operations which may impact the viability of such municipally-owned and not-for-profit entertainment venues. The commission shall encourage the establishment of such a mitigation plan through fair and reasonable discussion.

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