Rulemaking Information

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Stakeholder Engagement Protocols

Changes to Colorado Gaming Rules may be proposed by the public, the gaming industry, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (Commission), or from within the Division of Gaming (Division). Proposed Rule changes are forwarded to a Division subject matter expert to analyze and to draft the proposed language with which to begin the formal rulemaking process.

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.


2022 Rule Changes 

September 15, 2022 - Limited Gaming Rules 1, 3, 4, 25 & Sports Betting Rules 3, 7

On September 15, 2022, Rule changes will be presented to the Commission on behalf of the Division.  The proposed changes affect Gaming Rule 1 General Rules and Regulations, Rule 3 Applications, Investigations and Licensure, Rule 4 Rights and Duties of Licensees, and Sports Betting Rule 3 Applications, Investigations and Licensure.  These Rule changes were adopted as emergency Rules at the July 17, 2022 Commission meeting.  These changes will be adopted permanently at the September 15, 2022 meeting of the CLGCC.  Rule changes to Gaming Rule 25 Rules for Keno, and Sports Betting Rule 7 Requirements of Sports Betting Operators will also be presented at the September CLGCC meeting.

On May 11, 2022 the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 22-1412, resulting in the need to pass Rule changes to comply with the legislation.

The adoption of the amendments to Regulation 30-106 Definitions under Rule 1 is necessary to conform with the removal of the prohibition of any person who is less than twenty-one years of age from lingering in the gaming area of a casino.

The adoption of the amendment to Regulation 30-301 Qualifications for licensure under Rule 3 is necessary to conform with the required age for a “gaming employee” being changed from twenty-one to eighteen years of age.

The adoption of the amendment to Regulation 30-414 Player rules under Rule 4 is necessary to conform with the removal of the prohibitions from individuals under the age of twenty-one from lingering and from being present at a gaming table, slot machine, or other area in which gaming is conducted.

Section 8 of HB 22-1412 changed the requirement for each sports betting applicant to submit a set of fingerprints to the Division of Gaming, by adding the exception that an applicant whose primary residence is located outside of the United States is not required to satisfy that requirement unless the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission determines that the applicant is required to do so. The adoption of the amendments to Regulation 3.5 Investigation and background check costs under Rule 3 are necessary to conform with the added exception to the fingerprint requirement for sports betting applicants.

Section 9 of HB 22-1412 requires that sports betting operators comply with Article 33 of Title 44 C.R.S. regarding gambling payment interceptions on gambling winnings.  The adoption of the amendments to Regulation 7.5 Internal control procedures is necessary to conform with the requirements set forth in the house bill.

The Division determined that Regulation 30-2059 Payment of winning wagers was inappropriately located in Rule 25 and is proposing that this Regulation be moved, amended and renumbered to Gaming Rule 4 as Regulation 30-429. 

Proposed changes to Limited Gaming Rules 1, 3, 4 & 25

Proposed changes to Sports Betting Rules 3 & 7

August 3, 2022 - Emergency Rule 24 *updated 08.11.2022

Due to an error on the agenda for the July 21, 2022, Commission meeting, the changes to Rule 24 could not be adopted at the July 21, 2022 meeting. As a result, a special meeting and emergency rulemaking hearing for these Rule changes was held on August 3, 2022, where these Rule changes will be presented as an emergency Rule to conform with provisions in SB22-216. These changes will be presented for permanent adoption at the regularly scheduled Commission meeting on August 25, 2022. The emergency Rule changes became effective as of August 3, 2022 to ensure the changes are in place in advance of the Commission’s annual Limited and Extended Gaming Fund Distribution for fiscal year 2021-2022.

In SB22-216, the Legislation modified 44-30-701 C.R.S. and 44-30-702 C.R.S. as a result of the pandemic, and rapid recovery of Limited Gaming revenues, post-pandemic. The proposed changes to Rule 24 include: (a) 30-2401 (9) - Adding a new definition for Fiscal Year with a significant decrease in Limited Gaming Tax Revenue; (b) 30-2403 - Amending how tax revenues for Limited Gaming and Extended Limited Gaming are determined; (c) 30-2405 & 30-2406 - Removing sections that reference Fiscal Year 2010.

Limited Gaming Rule 24 - Limited Gaming Fund

July 21, 2022 - Limited Gaming Rules 1, 3, 4 & Sports Betting Rule 3 *Updated 08.10.22

On July 21, 2022 the Commission voted unanimously to approve the emergency changes to Gaming Rules 1, 3, and 4, and Sports Betting Rule 3.  These changes became effective as of August 10, 2022. 

As a result of recent legislation, emergency changes are being proposed to Gaming Rule 1 General Rules and Regulations, Rule 3 Applications, Investigations and Licensure, and Rule 4 Rights and Duties of Licensee, as well as Sports Betting Rule 3 Applications, Investigations and Licensure

We are removing the definition of “linger in a gaming area of a casino” from Regulation 30-106 (26) and renumbering subsequent paragraphs.  The qualifying age for licensure of an applicant is being updated from 21 years of age to 18 in Regulation 30-301 (1), and Regulation 30-414 (1) is being updated to allow employees under the age of 21 to be in the gaming area of a casino while still requiring players to be at least 21 years of age.

Sports Betting Regulation 3.5 (2) is being updated to state that applicants whose primary residence is outside of the United States will no longer be required to provide a set of fingerprints with their application.

Proposed changes to Sports Betting Rule 3         

Proposed changes to Gaming Rules 1, 3, 4          

June 16, 2022 - Gaming Rules 10, 21, 22 & 28

The Commission voted unanimously to approve the changes to Gaming Rules 8, 10, 21, 22, and 28.  These Rule changes will become effective as of August 14, 2022.

We are removing references to the previous $100 maximum wager in a couple of places in Rules 8 and 10.  These references were missed when we made Rule changes after the passing of Amendment 77.  Progressive wagers and pay tables are being added to 4 games owned by Galaxy Gaming. We are promulgating rules for 2 new games of poker, one new roulette game, and a new game of baccarat.

Proposed changes to Gaming Rules 10, 21, 22, & 28 


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.

Department of Revenue rulemaking information, and legal notices


Division of Gaming

2022 Rule Review Plan

Pursuant to 24-3-103.3, C.R.S., and DOR Policy 505

Purpose:  Review 10% of all Rules each year or all Rules every 10 years

 

Limited Gaming Rule 20 Commission Hearings and Practice 

Limited Gaming Rule 4 Rights and Duties of Licensees

Department of Revenue 1 CCR 210-1 Gambling Payment Intercept

Department of Revenue 1 CCR 210-4 Enforcement of the Prohibited Use of Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards at Certain Locations 

 

Note:  Each year the Division also reviews the portion of Rule 3 that deals with licensing and background fees, and the portion of Rule 14 that deals with gaming taxes.