senate Bill S6950

Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 16 / Apr / 2012
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 22 / May / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1174
  • 12 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A9294

Summary

Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9294
Versions:
S6950
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง228, RWB L

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BILL NUMBER:S6950

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6950

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             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  board

 EXPLANATION--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.

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