Prohibits the state racing and wagering board from granting a license to any harness horse racetrack located within seventy-five miles of a harness horse racetrack already licensed for the same dates and hours except with the consent of the licensee.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to the location of new harness tracks
PURPOSE: To provide that any new harness horse racetrack cannot be located within 75 miles of any existing harness horse racetrack.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one amends subdivision 4 of section 307 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law to provide that on or after March 31, 2011, any new harness horse racetrack cannot be located within 75 miles of an existing harness horse racetrack.
Section two provides for an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation win prevent oversaturation of the harness horse racetrack industry within a small geographic area of the state which would have a devastating overall effect on neighboring facilities as well as the state and local economies.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate with provisions.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3903--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 9, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wager- ing -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to the location of new harness tracks THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 307 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law is amended to read as follows: 4. In considering an application for a license under this section the state racing and wagering board may give consideration to the number of licenses already granted and to the location of the tracks previously licensed. No such license shall be granted to any track which has not conducted pari-mutuel harness racing during at least ten calendar years and which is located within ten miles of a state, county or town fair conducting harness racing for the three consecutive years immediately preceding April second, nineteen hundred fifty-three, which license shall be operative during the racing dates of such fair, unless the association, corporation or society conducting such fair shall affirma- tively waive objection to the issuance of such license for dates within such period. No such license shall be granted to any track located with- in the corporate limits of a city of the first class.
[No]ON AND AFTER MARCH THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN, EXCEPT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NO such license shall be granted to any harness horse racetrack located within [twenty-five]SEVENTY-FIVE miles of any track already licensed for the same dates and hours except with the consent of the licensee located within such [twenty-five]SEVENTY-FIVE mile area. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION SHALL AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF A LICENSE ISSUED FOR A TRACK OPERATING OR TO BE OPERATED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY OR OTHERWISE OPERATING MORE THAN TWENTY-FIVE MILES FROM ANOTHER TRACK LICENSED FOREXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09968-03-1 S. 3903--A 2
THE SAME HOURS AND DATES, IF GRANTED PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOUSAND ELEVEN WHICH AMENDED THIS SUBDIVI- SION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately, except that if this act shall have become a law on or after March 31, 2011, this act shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after March 31, 2011.