Authorizes state colleges with an approved equine science program to conduct equine drug testing at race meetings.
Ayes (59): Adams, Addabbo, Alesi, Aubertine, Bonacic, Breslin, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Duane, Espada, Farley, Flanagan, Foley, Fuschillo, Golden, Griffo, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Huntley, Johnson C, Johnson O, Klein, Krueger, Kruger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Leibell, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, McDonald, Montgomery, Nozzolio, Onorato, Oppenheimer, Padavan, Parker, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Saland, Sampson, Savino, Schneiderman, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stachowski, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousin, Thompson, Valesky, Volker, Winner
Excused (2): Morahan, Young
BILL NUMBER: S6352A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to equine drug testing
PURPOSE : This bill makes technical amendments to the racing law to allow state colleges with regents approved equine science programs and drug administration facilities to administer steroid testing at race meetings overseen by the State Racing & Wagering Board.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Subdivision 1 of section 902 of the racing law is amended to allow state colleges to administer the steroid program established pursuant to section 902. Under current law only a land grant university in New York can administer the program.
The opening paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 228 of the racing law is amended to allow state colleges to administer the steroid program established pursuant to section 902. Under current law only a land grant university in New York can administer the program.
JUSTIFICATION : The state's current equine drug testing program is administered by the college of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell university. unfortunately however, the program is not operating to its fullest potential and complaints have recently surfaced that harness horses are not tested on a regular basis. Moreover, the situation may get worse before it gets better. Apparently the building that houses the drug-testing program is in serious disrepair and the university may very well close it and end the testing program. Should this occur, the State may then very well have to outsource its steroid testing program o11t-of-state which would no doubt cost more money. The amendments this bill seeks to make to the racing law would allow the program to be continued by any state institution which currently has an accredited equine science program. This would then provide the Racing and Wagering Board with some flexibility in soliciting possible operators for the program in the future.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6352--A Cal. No. 80 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE December 21, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. ADAMS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- recommitted to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee and committed to the Committee on Finance -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first report, amended on first report, ordered to a second report and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of second report AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to equine drug testing THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 1 of section 902 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, as added by chapter 60 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: 1. In order to assure the public's confidence and continue the high degree of integrity in racing at the pari-mutuel betting tracks, equine drug testing at race meetings shall be conducted by a
[land grant university]STATE COLLEGE within this state with [a regents]AN approved [veterinary college facility]EQUINE SCIENCE PROGRAM. The state racing and wagering board shall promulgate any rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section, including administrative penalties of loss of purse money, fines, or denial, suspension, or revo- cation of a license for racing drugged horses. S 2. The opening paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 228 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, as amended by chapter 400 of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows: The state racing and wagering board shall, as a condition of racing, require any franchised corporation and every other corporation subject to its jurisdiction to withhold one percent of all purses, except that for the franchised corporation, starting on September first, two thou-EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15217-02-0 S. 6352--A 2
sand seven and continuing through August thirty-first, two thousand ten, two percent of all purses shall be withheld, and, in the case of the franchised corporation, to pay such sum to the horsemen's organization or its successor that was first entitled to receive payments pursuant to this section in accordance with rules of the board adopted effective November third, nineteen hundred eighty-three representing at least fifty-one percent of the owners and trainers utilizing the facilities of such franchised corporation, on the condition that such horsemen's organization shall expend as much as is necessary, but not to exceed one-half of one percent of such total sum, to acquire and maintain the equipment required to establish a program at a
[land grant university]STATE COLLEGE within this state with [a regents]AN approved [veterinary college facility,]EQUINE SCIENCE PROGRAM to test for the presence of steroids in horses, provided further that the qualified organization shall also, in an amount to be determined by its board of directors, annually include in its expenditures for benevolence programs, funds to support an organization providing services necessary to backstretch employees, and, in the case of every other corporation, to pay such one percent sum of purses to the horsemen's organization or its successor that was first entitled to receive payments pursuant to this section in accordance with rules of the board adopted effective May twenty-third, nineteen hundred eighty-six representing at least fifty-one percent of the owners and trainers utilizing the facilities of such corporation. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.