Bill S7753A-2013

Relates to video lottery gaming

Relates to video lottery gaming; permits Ulster County to allow two existing destination resorts in such county to install video lottery terminals, subject to a local resolution.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 12, 2014: PRINT NUMBER 7753A
  • Jun 12, 2014: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • Jun 5, 2014: REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7753A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, in relation to video lottery gaming

PURPOSE: To permit Sullivan and Ulster Counties to allow two existing destination resorts in each county to install Video Lottery Terminals.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends section 1617-a of the tax to permit Sullivan and Ulster Counties to allow two existing destination resorts in each county to install Video Lottery Terminals, subject to a local resolution. The terminals will be operated by Catskill Off-track Betting Corporation. Resorts must have over one hundred hotel rooms and have been in continuous operation for no less than the past three years.

Sections 2, 3, and 4: Changes section 1617 of the tax law to include the counties of Ulster and Sullivan in addition to Suffolk and Nassau counties in relation to Video Lottery Terminals

Section 5: This act shall take effect immediately

JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will help smaller, existing destination resorts stay competitive in light of new Las Vegas-Style Casinos which have been proposed for the Hudson Valley region. Video Lottery Terminals will attract tourism dollars without detracting from the larger, full casinos. Legislation to permit Video Lottery Terminals in Nassau and Suffolk counties for this same purpose was already enacted in 2012.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7753--A IN SENATE June 5, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wager- ing -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the tax law, in relation to video lottery gaming THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph 4 of subdivision a of section 1617-a of the tax law, as added by chapter 174 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: (4) at a maximum of [two] FOUR facilities, ONE EACH IN THE SUFFOLK REGION AND THE NASSAU REGION, neither to exceed one thousand video lottery gaming devices, established within region three of zone one as defined by section one thousand three hundred ten of the racing, pari- mutuel wagering and breeding law, one each operated by a corporation established pursuant to section five hundred two of the racing, pari-mu- tuel wagering and breeding law in the Suffolk region and the Nassau region to be located within a facility authorized pursuant to sections one thousand eight or one thousand nine of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, AND TWO FACILITIES IN ULSTER COUNTY, NONE TO EXCEED FIVE HUNDRED VIDEO LOTTERY GAMING DEVICES, EACH OPERATED BY A CORPORATION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION FIVE HUNDRED TWO OF THE RACING, PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING AND BREEDING LAW TO BE LOCATED WITHIN A FACILITY AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SECTIONS ONE THOUSAND EIGHT OR ONE THOU- SAND NINE OF THE RACING, PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING AND BREEDING LAW. IN RESPECT TO THE ULSTER COUNTY FACILITIES, CATSKILL OFF-TRACK BETTING CORPORATION WILL BE THE GAMING OPERATOR AND A LOCAL RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE FACILITY WILL BE REQUIRED. ADDITIONALLY, IN RESPECT TO THE ULSTER COUNTY FACILITIES, THE FACILITIES MUST BE DESTINATION RESORT PROPERTIES WITH AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED HOTEL ROOMS, HAVE SIGNIFICANT RESORT AMENITIES, BE CURRENTLY OPEN AND OPERATING, AND HAVE BEEN IN CONTINUOUS OPERATION FOR NO LESS THAN THE PAST THREE YEARS. The facili- ties authorized pursuant to this paragraph shall be deemed vendors for all purposes under this article.
S 2. Clause (G-1) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph 1 of subdivision b of section 1612 of the tax law, as amended by chapter 175 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: (G-1) Notwithstanding [clause] CLAUSES (A) and (B) of this subpara- graph, when a video lottery gaming facility is located in [either] the [county] COUNTIES of Nassau [or], Suffolk OR ULSTER and is operated by a corporation established pursuant to section five hundred two of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law at a rate of thirty-five percent of the total revenue wagered at the vendor after payout for prizes pursuant to this chapter; S 3. Paragraph 2 of subdivision b of section 1612 of the tax law, as amended by section 1 of part OO of chapter 59 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows: 2. As consideration for the operation of a video lottery gaming facil- ity, the division, shall cause the investment in the racing industry of a portion of the vendor fee received pursuant to paragraph one of this subdivision in the manner set forth in this subdivision. With the exception of Aqueduct racetrack or a facility in the [county] COUNTIES of Nassau [or], Suffolk OR ULSTER operated by a corporation established pursuant to section five hundred two of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, each such track shall dedicate a portion of its vendor fees, received pursuant to clause (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), or (G) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph one of this subdivision, for the purpose of enhancing purses at such track, in an amount equal to eight and three-quarters percent of the total revenue wagered at the vendor track after pay out for prizes. One percent of the gross purse enhance- ment amount, as required by this subdivision, shall be paid to the gaming commission to be used exclusively to promote and ensure equine health and safety in New York. Any portion of such funding to the gaming commission unused during a fiscal year shall be returned to the video lottery gaming operators on a pro rata basis in accordance with the amounts originally contributed by each operator and shall be used for the purpose of enhancing purses at such track. One and one-half percent of the gross purse enhancement amount at a thoroughbred track, as required by this subdivision, shall be paid to an account established pursuant to section two hundred twenty-one-a of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law to be used exclusively to provide health insurance for jockeys. In addition, with the exception of Aqueduct race- track or a facility in the [county] COUNTIES of Nassau [or], Suffolk OR ULSTER operated by a corporation established pursuant to section five hundred two of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, one and one-quarter percent of total revenue wagered at the vendor track after pay out for prizes, received pursuant to clause (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), or (G) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph one of this subdivision, shall be distributed to the appropriate breeding fund for the manner of racing conducted by such track. S 4. The opening paragraph of subdivision f-1 of section 1612 of the tax law, as amended by chapter 175 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows: As consideration for operation of video lottery gaming facility located in the [county] COUNTIES of Nassau [or], Suffolk OR ULSTER and operated by a corporation established pursuant to section five hundred two of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, the division shall cause the investment in the racing industry of the following percentages of the vendor fee to be deposited or paid as follows: S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.

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