senate Bill S644

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

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 12 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 24 / Feb / 2009
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.54
  • 25 / Feb / 2009
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 26 / Feb / 2009
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 03 / Mar / 2009
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 03 / Mar / 2009
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 03 / Mar / 2009
    • REFERRED TO RACING AND WAGERING
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A932
Versions:
S644
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law

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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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