National Indian Gaming Commission October 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Technical Standards for Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids Used in the Play of Class II Games
The proposed rule would add a new part to the Commission's regulations establishing technical standards for Class II gamesbingo, lotto, other games similar to bingo, pull tabs, or ``instant bingo'' that are played using ``electronic, computer, or other technologic aids.'' The proposed rule would also establish a process for ensuring the integrity of such games and aids before their placement in a Class II tribal gaming operation. No such standards currently exist. The Commission proposes this action in order to assist tribal gaming regulatory authorities and operators in ensuring the integrity and security of Class II games and the accountability of gaming revenue.
Definition for Electronic or Electromechanical Facsimile
The proposed rule revises the definition of a term Congress used to define Class II gaming. Specifically, the proposed rule revises the definition for ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' that appears in the Commission's regulations. The Commission defined these terms in 1992 and revised the definitions in 2002. The proposed rule offers further revision.
Minimum Internal Control Standards for Class II Gaming
In response to the inherent risks and the need for effective controls in tribal gaming, the Commission, in January 1999, developed minimum internal control standards (MICS). Since their original implementation, it has become obvious that the MICS require technical adjustments and revisions so that they continue to be effective in protecting tribal assets, while still allowing tribes to utilize technological advances in the gaming industry. The current MICS are specific to the conduct of a wagering game without regards to whether the game is classified as a Class II or Class III game. This proposed rule is intended to supersede certain specified sections of the current MICS and replace them with a new part titled Minimum Internal Control Standards for Class II Gaming.
Classification Standards for Bingo, Lotto, Other Games Similar to Bingo, Pull Tabs and Instant Bingo as Class II Gaming When Played Through an Electronic Medium Using “Electronic, Computer, or Other Technologic Aids”
The proposed rule clarifies the terms Congress used to define Class II gaming. First, the proposed rule further revises the definitions for ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' and ``other games similar to bingo.'' The Commission defined these terms in 1992, revised the definitions in 2002, and proposed further revisions to the term ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile'' separate from this proposed revision. The Commission adds a new Part to its regulations that explains the basis for determining whether a game of bingo or lotto, ``other game similar to bingo,'' or a game of pull-tabs or ``instant bingo,'' meets the IGRA statutory requirements for Class II gaming, when such games are played electronically, primarily through an ``electronic, computer or other technologic aid,'' while distinguishing them from Class III ``electronic or electromechanical facsimiles.'' This new part also establishes a process for assuring that such games are Class II before placement of the games in a Class II tribal gaming operation. This process contains information collection requirements. The Commission has submitted the information collection request to OMB for approval.
Facility License Standards
The proposed rules add new sections and a new part to the Commission's regulations in order to ensure that each place, facility or location where class II or class III gaming will occur is located on Indian lands eligible for gaming as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The rules are also intended to ensure that gaming facilities are constructed, maintained and operated in a manner that adequately protects the environment and the public health and safety.