Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization.
Ayes (32): Kruger, Krueger, Stachowski, Oppenheimer, Montgomery, Duane, Parker, Stavisky, Dilan, Stewart-Cousins, Thompson, Breslin, Diaz, Espada, Klein, Perkins, Valesky, Peralta, DeFrancisco, Johnson O, Volker, LaValle, Seward, Saland, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, Nozzolio, Leibell, Maziarz, Marcellino, Robach
Ayes W/R (1): Padavan
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
PURPOSE: Allows the thoroughbred horsemen's organization at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga (NYTHA) to use horsemen's purse funds to support much needed additional medical and mental health services such as drug and alcohol counseling to backstretch employees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill extends, the expiration date to 2011 for the contribution of an additional 1.096- of purse money; adds the intention to have the horsemen's organization increase its support for the provision of medical, mental health and other essential services to backstretch employees.
EXISTING LAW: This legislation would extend to August 31, 2010.
JUSTIFICATION: In the past, the additional purse funds received by NYTHA have provided for testing for steroids in racehorses, a national industry priority. This funding allowed the veterinary college at Cornell University to purchase equipment suitable for detecting steroids. That program has since been transferred to Morrisville College and, this bill would allow for continued support for that program as well as provide a substantial new funding source for health and dental benefits for backstretch workers.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Bills support both programs, became law in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6781--A IN SENATE February 4, 2010 ___________Introduced by Sen. STACHOWSKI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering -- 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 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 15 of the laws of 2010, 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- sand seven and continuing through August thirty-first, two thousand
[ten]ELEVEN, 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 repres- enting 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 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 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 toEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15730-03-0 S. 6781--A 2
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 2. This act shall take effect immediately.