Permits the entering of horses in harness horse racing meetings by corporate officers, directors and executives, and their spouses unless otherwise prohibited by the racing and wagering board.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to the entering of horses in harness horse racing meetings by corporate officers, directors and executives
PURPOSE: This bill enables people that run harness horse racing facilities to enter a horse into a race at such facility, unless the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (the "Board") determines otherwise.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of this bill amends section 304 of the Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law to allow any officer, director or executive, or their spouse, of a corporation that is licensed to conduct harness horse racing, to enter a horse into a race at their facility provided that the Board does not object.
Section two establishes an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Many of horse ratings most prominent owners are people who do not merely take a spectators role in the industry" These people have worked in the industry for years and have developed a love for the sport. If afforded the chance, many owners would cherish the opportunity to enter horses into races and participate first hand. The Board is the top governing body of the horse racing industry. The Board exercises tight control over the sport through the enforcement of many rules and regulations. Because of their regulatory role, it remains nearly impossible for anyone to give preferential treatment towards any horse. These same strict rules and regulations would be enforced no matter who the owner happens to be. Accordingly, people who hold top positions at horse racing facilities should not be precluded from participating in the sport first hand.
S.3697 of 2012: Referred to Racing, Gaming & Wagering S.3697 of 2011: Referred to Racing, Gaming & Wagering S.2719 of 2010: Held in Racing, Gaming & Wagering S.1585-A of 2008: Passed Senate S.8190 of 2006: Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2714 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 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 the entering of horses in harness horse racing meetings by corporate officers, directors and executives THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 304 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breed- ing law is amended to read as follows: S 304. Right to hold harness race meetings and races. Any corporation formed under the provisions of sections two hundred twenty-two through seven hundred five of this chapter, and any corporation or association which shall have conducted harness horse race meetings during two years prior to March thirty-first, nineteen hundred forty, and any town or county fair association or other fair association shall have the power and the right to hold one or more harness horse race meetings in each year and to hold, maintain and conduct harness races at such meetings. At such harness race meetings the corporation or association, or the owners of horses engaged in such races, or others who are not partic- ipants in the race, may contribute purses, prizes, premiums or stakes to be contested for, but no person or persons other than the owner or owners of a horse or horses contesting in a race shall have any pecuni- ary interest in a purse, prize, premium or stake contested for in such race, or be entitled to or receive any portion thereof after such race is finished, and the whole of such purse, prize, premium or stake shall be allotted in accordance with the terms and conditions of such race. Such meeting shall not be held except during the period extending from the first day of January to the thirty-first day of December inclusive in each year. In counties having a population of two hundred fifty thou- sand or less, the state racing and wagering board may, however, permitEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD06036-01-3 S. 2714 2
the holding of one or more harness horse race meetings and the conduct of harness races at such meetings on a day or days not during such peri- od if the board is satisfied that a special occasion makes the holding of such meetings and the conduct of such races on such day or days prop- er or necessary; but in no event shall such meetings or races be held or conducted on the twenty-fifth day of December. Such power and right, however, shall not include the right to conduct pari-mutuel betting at such harness horse race meetings except pursuant to license granted by the state racing and wagering board pursuant to sections two hundred twenty-two through seven hundred five of this chapter. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF ANY RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, NOTHING SHALL LIMIT THE RIGHT OF ANY OFFICER, DIRECTOR OR EXECUTIVE, OR SPOUSE THERE- OF, OF ANY CORPORATION LICENSED TO CONDUCT A HARNESS HORSE RACING MEET- ING FROM ENTERING A HORSE IN WHICH HE OR SHE HAS A BENEFICIAL INTEREST IN ANY RACE CONDUCTED AT SUCH HARNESS HORSE RACING MEETING UNLESS THE STATE RACING AND WAGERING BOARD SHALL DETERMINE THAT ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO EXERCISE SUCH RIGHT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.