Bill S644-2009

Provides for the issuance of free passes etc. for racetracks to any qualified person, as deemed appropriate by the operator, subject to rules of the state board

Provides for the issuance of free passes, cards, or badges for racetracks to any qualified person, as deemed appropriate by the operator of the racetrack, subject to the rules of the state racing and wagering board; authorizes the issuance of such passes, cards or badges to the general public as part of a promotion or marketing program to increase attendance at live race meets.

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Actions

  • Jan 6, 2010: REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • Jan 6, 2010: returned to senate
  • Jan 6, 2010: died in assembly
  • Mar 3, 2009: referred to racing and wagering
  • Mar 3, 2009: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Mar 3, 2009: PASSED SENATE
  • Feb 26, 2009: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Feb 25, 2009: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Feb 24, 2009: 1ST REPORT CAL.54
  • Jan 12, 2009: REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

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 BILL NUMBER:  S644

TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to free passes, cards or badges

PURPOSE : To expand the number of persons that are qualified to obtain a free pass, card or badge to enter a race track to include the general public so that race tracks can implement promotional campaigns to increase attendance at race tracks.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1: Amends Racing & Wagering Law section 236 to expand the number of persons that are qualified to obtain a free pass, card or badge to enter a thoroughbred race track to include any other person or guest that is deemed appropriate by the operator of such thoroughbred race track.

Section 2: Amends Racing & Wagering Law section 324 to expand the number of persons that are qualified to obtain a free pass, card or badge to enter a harness race track to include any other person or guest that is deemed appropriate by the operator of such harness race track.In addition, free passes may be issued to the general public in connection with any track sponsored promotional campaign or marketing program to increase live race attendance.

Section 3: Amends Racing & Wagering Law section 422 to expand the number of persons that are qualified to obtain a free pass, card or badge to enter a quarter horse race track to include any other person or guest that is deemed appropriate by the operator of such quarter horse race track.Also, free passes may be issued to the general public to increase public participation at such quarter horse events.

Section 4: Effective date.

EXISTING LAW : Under current law, only a select group of public officers and employees engaged in the regulation of racing events and employees of the racing industry that are conducting race meets are allowed to be awarded free passes, cards or badges to enter a horse race track.

JUSTIFICATION : This is an outdated law that needs to be revised. Under current law, horse owners may obtain free passes, however members of the horse owner's family are precluded from receiving such passes. In addition, attendance at horse racing events has generally been in decline for the past thirty years. This measure will allow horse race track operators to issue more free passes to promote attendance of individuals at live horse racing events. Allowing the issuance of more free passes will not only increase attendance and the excitement of those horse racing events, it may encourage an increase in betting handle at such racing facilities and the patronage of restaurants located at such tracks.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : Similar to S.2351 of 2005/2006 and S.6995-A of 2004.S.1882 of 2007/2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : This bill should increase attendance at live horse racing events, consequently, it may increase the betting handle and the taxes collected on such handle.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : Encouraging more attendance at live horse racing events and the profits generated by such events will enhance a racing facility's ability to pay local property and use taxes.

EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.

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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 644 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 12, 2009 ___________
Introduced by Sens. LARKIN, NOZZOLIO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to free passes, cards or badges THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 243 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breed- ing law, as amended by chapter 18 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: S 243. Free passes, cards or badges. A corporation licensed or fran- chised to conduct pari-mutuel betting on races run on its racetrack[, shall not] MAY issue free passes, cards or badges [except] to [persons hereafter described: officers] ANY QUALIFIED PERSON. QUALIFIED PERSON SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, OFFICERS and employees of the corporation conducting the race meeting, members, officers and employees of the state racing and wagering board, members and employees of the jockey club, members and employees of the national steeplechase and hunt association, members of turf organizations of other states and foreign countries, public officers engaged in the performance of their duties, persons actually employed and accredited by the press to attend such meetings, owners, stable managers, trainers, jockeys, jockey managers, grooms, concessionaires, spouses, domestic partners and children of owners, trainers and jockeys, [and] other persons whose actual duties require their presence at such racetrack, AND ANY OTHER PERSON OR GUEST DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY SUCH CORPORATION. IN ADDITION, FREE PASSES, CARDS OR BADGES MAY BE ISSUED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN OR MARKETING PROGRAM SPONSORED BY SUCH CORPORATION TO INCREASE ATTENDANCE AT LIVE RACE MEETS. The issuance of free passes, cards or badges shall be under the rules and regulations of the state racing and wagering board [and a list of all persons to whom free pass-
es, cards or badges are issued shall be filed with the state racing and wagering board]
. S 2. Section 324 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law is amended to read as follows: S 324. Free passes, cards or badges. A corporation or association licensed to conduct pari-mutuel betting on harness horse races run at its racetrack [shall not] MAY issue free passes, cards or badges [except] to [persons hereafter described: officers] ANY QUALIFIED PERSON. QUALIFIED PERSON SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, OFFICERS and employees of the corporation or association conducting the race meeting, members, officers, and employees of the state racing and wager- ing board, members of harness racing associations of other states and foreign countries, public officers engaged in the performance of their duties, persons actually employed and accredited by the press to attend such meetings, owners, stable managers, trainers, drivers, concessio- naires [and], SPOUSES, DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND CHILDREN OF OWNERS, TRAIN- ERS AND JOCKEYS, other persons whose actual duties require their pres- ence at such racetrack, AND ANY OTHER PERSON OR GUEST DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY SUCH CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION. IN ADDITION, FREE PASSES, CARDS OR BADGES MAY BE ISSUED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PROMO- TIONAL CAMPAIGN OR MARKETING PROGRAM SPONSORED BY SUCH CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION TO INCREASE ATTENDANCE AT LIVE RACE MEETS. The issuance of free passes, cards or badges shall be under the rules and regulations of the state racing and wagering board [and a list of all persons to whom free passes, cards or badges are issued shall be filed with the state racing and wagering board]. S 3. Section 422 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law is amended to read as follows: S 422. Free passes, cards or badges. A corporation or association licensed to conduct pari-mutuel betting on quarter horse races run at its racetrack [shall] MAY issue free passes, cards or badges to [persons hereafter described: officers] ANY QUALIFIED PERSON. QUALIFIED PERSON SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, OFFICERS and employees of the corporation or association conducting the race meeting, members, offi- cers, and employees of the state racing and wagering board, members of quarter horse racing associations of other states and foreign countries, public officers engaged in the performance of their duties, persons actually employed and accredited by the press to attend such meetings, owners, stable managers, trainers, jockeys, concessionaires [and], SPOUSES, DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND CHILDREN OF OWNERS, TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS, other persons whose actual duties require their presence at such race- track, AND ANY OTHER PERSON OR GUEST DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY SUCH CORPO- RATION OR ASSOCIATION. IN ADDITION, FREE PASSES, CARDS OR BADGES MAY BE ISSUED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN OR MARKETING PROGRAM SPONSORED BY SUCH CORPORATION OR ASSOCIATION TO INCREASE ATTENDANCE AT LIVE RACE MEETS. The issuance of free passes, cards or badges shall be under the rules and regulations of the state racing and wagering board [and a list of all persons to whom free pass- es, cards or badges are issued shall be filed with the state racing and wagering board]. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.

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