Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization.
Ayes (33): DeFrancisco, Bonacic, Farley, Flanagan, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Valesky, Krueger, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Montgomery, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Stavisky, Squadron, Kennedy, Espaillat, Hassell-Thompson
Ayes W/R (2): LaValle, Martins
Nays (1): Diaz
Excused (1): Dilan
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to certain payments to the horsemen's organization
The purpose of this legislation is to extend the authority of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to receive an additional 1.0% of purse funds for the support of additional medical and mental health services for backstretch employees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1. Amends the opening paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 228 of the Racing Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law to extend, for one year, the authorization for the horsemen's organization to receive an additional 1.0% of purse monies collected from race meetings at Aqueduct, Saratoga, and Belmont racetracks until August 31, 2015.
Section 2. Effective date.
The current authorization is due to expire on August 31, 2014.
For over half a century, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) has represented the interests of horse owners and trainers at New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks. NYTHA was founded with the objective of serving as a collective voice for the broad interests of Thoroughbred owners and trainers, and to improve and increase the effectiveness of its constituents in the day-to-day activities of racing. Today, NYTHA serves as the New York State Gaming Commission recognized representative of owners and trainers, and has taken a primary role in the New York horseracing industry. NYTHA strives to protect the economic interests of all horsemen and to gain public recognition of horseracing as a vital form of entertainment, deserving support, protection and preservation. In the past, additional purse monies received by NYTHA have been used to provide funding support for the Equine Drug Testing program. This bill would also allow, the organization to continue providing much needed health and dental benefits for backstretch employees'.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
Similar bills extending this authority were passed in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
None to State.
This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6527 IN SENATE February 3, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. BONACIC -- 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 certain payments to the horsemen's organization THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The opening paragraph of subdivision 2 of section 228 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, as amended by chapter 43 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: The New York state gaming commission 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- sand seven and continuing through August thirty-first, two thousand
[fourteen]FIFTEEN, 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 commission adopted effective November third, nineteen hundred eight- y-three representing at least fifty-one percent of the owners and train- ers 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 state college within this state with an approved 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 deter- mined 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 ofEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13782-01-4 S. 6527 2
the commission 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 2. This act shall take effect immediately.