Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization.
Ayes (6): Bonacic, Hannon, Nozzolio, Ranzenhofer, Addabbo, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (2): Griffo, Adams
Excused (2): McDonald, Huntley
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: The purpose of this legislation is to allow the New York State Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to use purse funds for the support of additional medical and mental health services for backstretch employees.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the opening paragraph 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, 2013.
EXISTING LAW: The current authorization is due to expire on August 31, 2012.
JUSTIFICATION: 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 Racing and Wagering Board's (NYSRWB) 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.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Similar bills supporting this program became law in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6950 IN SENATE April 16, 2012 ___________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 175 of the laws of 2011, 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
[twelve]THIRTEEN, 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 condi- tion that such horsemen's organization shall expend as much as is neces- sary, 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 benevo- lence 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 boardEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14450-01-2 S. 6950 2
adopted effective May twenty-third, nineteen hundred eighty-six repres- enting at least fifty-one percent of the owners and trainers utilizing the facilities of such corporation. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.