Provides funding to support education, promotion and protection of the standardbred breeding industry through the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to providing funding to support education, promotion and protection of the standardbred breeding industry
PURPOSE: To provide a secure, stable funding stream from the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund to support the education, promotion and protection of the standardbred breeding industry.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 332 Racing Pari-mutual Wagering and Breeding law is amended to provide a percentage of funding from the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund to enhance the educational, administrative and promotional efforts of the Harness Horse breeders of New York State.
JUSTIFICATION: The New York Sire Stakes program, established in 1961, was created by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNY) and was the first program of its kind developed in North America and later became the model for the state-bred racing programs in nearly all of the major harness racing states and provinces on the continent. HHBNY was also instrumental in establishing the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, which collects a portion of handle to redistribute to state bred horses through the New York Sire Stakes program. Under the leadership of the Fund and in a concert with HHBNY, purses for the New York Sire Stakes have grown from 300,000 in 1961, to over $13 million today.
HHBNY has a longstanding history of planning and managing the New York Sire Stakes racing program, while working to educate the public about standardbred breeding and racing in New York. For almost 50 years, the Fund has contracted with the organization to layoff staff and curtail their critical duties. This bill seeks to remove HHBNY from yearly contract uncertainty and provide a steady, secure funding stream from the Fund to the organization so that they can best fulfill their longstanding and critical duties
EXISTING LAW: 2010: S.7146 Held in Racing, Gaming & Wagering
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the General Fund.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall a take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2421 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 17, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wager- ing AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to providing funding to support education, promotion and protection of the standardbred breeding industry THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 332 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law is amended by adding a new paragraph j to read as follows: J. AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO TWO PERCENT THEREOF IN AN ACCOUNT DESIGNATED "TO EDUCATE, PROMOTE, ADVERTISE AND PROTECT" THE STANDARDBRED BREEDING INDUSTRY BY THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT TRADE ORGANIZATION, GOVERNED BY A BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTED BY ITS GENERAL MEMBERSHIP, REPRESENTING THE MAJORI- TY OF STANDARDBRED HORSE BREEDERS IN NEW YORK. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06039-01-3