Relates to New York bred harness races.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to New York bred harness races
PURPOSE: To authorize harness races which are limited to only New York bred horses.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends the Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law by adding a new section 307a which provides that any association or corporation licensed to conduct harness race meetings at which pari-mutuel betting is permitted may run races which are limited to New York bred horses. These races would be subject to such terms and conditions as any other race authorized pursuant to law or regulation. Further, if, in the opinion of the corporation or association, sufficient competition cannot be had among such restricted class of horses, the race may be eliminated for that day and a substitute race provided instead.
Section 2. Effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Depending on the time of the year and the track, many times there are limited opportunities for New York harness horses to enter races due to the influx of out-of-state horses. This legislation seeks to address the issue by offering New York State harness tracks the option to hold New York-only races to ensure that New York bred harness horses are given an opportunity to compete.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5330--B 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 16, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- 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 -- 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 New York bred harness races THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law is amended by adding a new section 307-a to read as follows: S 307-A. NEW YORK BRED HARNESS RACES. ANY ASSOCIATION OR CORPORATION LICENSED TO CONDUCT HARNESS RACE MEETINGS AT WHICH PARI-MUTUEL BETTING IS PERMITTED MAY, IF IN ITS SOLE DISCRETION SUCH ASSOCIATION OR CORPO- RATION DETERMINES, THAT IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO RUN RACES WHICH ARE LIMITED TO NEW YORK BRED HORSES. THESE RACES MAY BE WRITTEN ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS ANY OTHER RACE AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO LAW OR REGULATION OF THE BOARD, NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PREFERENCE DATE REQUIRE- MENTS. IF IN THE OPINION OF THE CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION SUFFICIENT COMPETITION CANNOT BE HAD AMONG SUCH RESTRICTED CLASS OF HORSES, SAID RACE MAY BE ELIMINATED FOR SAID DAY AND A SUBSTITUTE RACE PROVIDED INSTEAD. THE BOARD SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO EFFECTUATE THE INTENT OF THIS SECTION. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10994-03-3