Rulemaking Information - Gaming

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.

Upcoming Stakeholder Workshop April 2, 2021

This is to notify you that the Division of Gaming will hold a Stakeholder Rulemaking Workshop on Friday, April 2, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  This workshop will be held via video conference.  Please use this link to access the workshop: https://dog-dor.webex.com/dog-dor/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5710a821fe367a4ae57993cc4b0a67f2. Event number: 187 724 7068, and event password: rZrpMVPc392.

On February 18, 2021, the Gaming Commission approved rule changes related to the passing of Amendment 77.  The Division has subsequently received additional comments regarding these Rule changes.  The Division has taken these comments under advisement and is making additional adjustments to some of those Rules. The proposed rule changes are attached to this message.

Stakeholders are invited to attend the Rulemaking Workshop.  Comments and questions are welcome regarding all of the proposed changes.  If a stakeholder wishes to comment on these proposed rule changes in writing, please either mail your comments to the Division at the Lakewood Gaming office, or send them via e-mail to DOR_gaming_rulemaking@state.co.us.  All written comments must be received by the Division of Gaming no later than April 9, 2021.


 2021 Rule Changes

December 17, 2020 - Emergency Regulation 30-313.5

On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve emergency Regulation 30-313.5. This emergency Regulation became effective as of August 27, 2020 and expired as of December 25, 2020.  On December 17, 2020, the Gaming Commission voted to extend this emergency Regulation until April 25, 2021.

Emergency Regulation 30-313.5

January 21, 2021 - Limited Gaming Regulation 30-1214 & 30-1215

On November 3, 2020 the voters approved Amendment 77 to the Colorado Constitution allowing for local voter approval of new bet limits and limited gaming games. On December 8, 2020 the Colorado Secretary of State certified the passage of Amendment 77. The approval of new bet limits and limited gaming games requires the Commission to authorize new chip types, specifications and denominations for those chips, and the adoption of these amendments to Rule 12 – Gaming Devices and Equipment – on an emergency basis is necessary to allow casinos sufficient time to order the new chips from chip manufacturing companies so that the chips will be ready for the May 1, 2021 implementation date. Permanent changes to Rule 12 would not be effective in time for casinos and chip manufacturers to meet the May 1, 2021 implementation date given the process for notice and promulgation of the rule changes pursuant to the provisions of section 24-4-103, C.R.S.

On January 21, 2021, the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the emergency changes to Regulations 30-1214 & 30-1215.  The emergency changes became effective immediately.

Emergency Regulations 30-1214 & 30-1215

February 18, 2021 - Limited Gaming Rules 8, 10, 12, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27 & 28

On November 3, 2020 the voters approved Amendment 77 to the Colorado Constitution allowing for local voter approval of new bet limits and limited gaming games. On December 8, 2020 the Colorado Secretary of State certified the passage of Amendment 77. The Division of Gaming is amending existing Rules and promulgating additional Rules to allow for new bet limits and the use of new games in Colorado Casinos.

On February 18, 2021 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve changes to Gaming Rules 8, 10, 12, 16, 21, 22, and 23, and to approve new Gaming Rules 25, 26, 27, and 28.  These Rule changes will be effective May 1, 2021.

Proposed Rule changes and new Rules

April 15, 2021 - Limited Gaming Rules 3, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 25, 26, 27 & 28 (Updated April 22, 2021)

The Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes to Rules 8, 10, 12, 16, 25, 26, 27 and 28. It is anticipated that these Rule changes will be effective as of June 14,2021.

In addition, April began the annual Gaming Tax Hearings.  The Division is not recommending any changes to the tax rates.  The Commission will determine whether any changes are warranted after hearing testimony at the April and May Commission meetings.

On August 27, 2020 the Gaming Commission voted unanimously to approve emergency Regulation 30-313.5. This emergency Regulation became effective as of August 27, 2020 and expired as of December 25, 2020.  On December 17, 2020, the Gaming Commission voted to extend this emergency Regulation until April 25, 2021.  On April 15, 2021, the Gaming Commission voted to extend this emergency Regulation until August 13, 2021.

Proposed changes to Rules 8, 10, 12, 16, 25, 26, 27, and 28 

Regulation 30-1401 Gaming and device taxes

Emergency Regulation 30-313.5

 


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

2021 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 19 Gaming Districts

Limited Gaming Rule 5 Grounds and Procedures for Disciplinary Action

Limited Gaming Rule 13 Purchase and Redemption of Coins, Chips and Tokens

Limited Gaming Rule 15 Procurement

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.