(A) The following persons and any employee or agent acting on their behalf may, subject to any terms and conditions imposed by the commission, possess slot machines in this state for the purposes provided herein, provided that machines used for any gaming activity in this state are kept only in such locations as may be specifically approved in writing by the commission and that any machines located outside of a licensed casino facility not be used for gaming activity:
(1) A casino operator, management company, or holding company at a casino facility to conduct casino gaming;
(2) A gaming-related vendor for the purpose of distributing, repairing, or servicing slot machines;
(3) An employee or agent of the commission for the purpose of fulfilling official duties or responsibilities;
(4) A common carrier for the purpose of transporting such slot machines; or
(5) Any other person the commission may approve after finding that possession of slot machines by such person in this state is necessary and appropriate to fulfill the goals and objectives of Chapter 3772. of the Revised Code and the rules adopted thereunder.
(B) Each casino operator, management company, and holding company shall provide the commission with a comprehensive list of all electronic gaming equipment (EGE inventory list), in a format approved by the commission, prior to the commencement of casino gaming. Each casino operator, management company, and holding company shall provide updates to the EGE inventory list as changes occur. The EGE inventory list shall include:
(1) Electronic gaming equipment on the casino floor;
(2) Electronic gaming equipment off the casino floor but on the premises of the casino facility; and
(3) Electronic gaming equipment at locations in this state, but off the premises of the casino facility.
(C) Electronic gaming equipment stored off the casino floor shall:
(1) Be secured and restricted to appropriate personnel as defined in the casino operator's internal controls;
(2) Not contain critical program storage media, unless otherwise approved in writing by the commission;
(3) Not contain locks which correlate to sensitive keys defined in the casino operator's internal controls, unless otherwise approved in writing by the commission; and
(4) Meet any other requirements as deemed appropriate by the commission.
(D) Electronic gaming equipment shall not be stored in locations off the premises of the casino facility unless:
(1) The storage location is located within this state;
(2) All access doors and windows at the storage location are locked and alarmed;
(3) The storage location is approved by the commission; and
(4) The storage facility meets any other requirements as deemed appropriate by the commission.
(E) Critical program storage media shall be stored in a secure location with access restricted to appropriate personnel as defined in the casino operator's internal controls.