senate Bill S2714

Relates to the entering of horses in harness horse racing meetings by corporate officers, directors and executives, and their spouses

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  • 23 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

Summary

Permits the entering of horses in harness horse racing meetings by corporate officers, directors and executives, and their spouses unless otherwise prohibited by the racing and wagering board.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2714
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง304, RWB L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3697
2009-2010: S2719

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BILL NUMBER:S2714

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and
breeding law, in relation to the entering of horses in harness horse
racing meetings by corporate officers, directors and executives

PURPOSE: This bill enables people that run harness horse racing facili-
ties to enter a horse into a race at such facility, unless the New York
State Racing and Wagering Board (the "Board") determines otherwise.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one of this bill amends section 304 of the Racing, Pari-Mutuel
Wagering and Breeding Law to allow any officer, director or executive,
or their spouse, of a corporation that is licensed to conduct harness
horse racing, to enter a horse into a race at their facility provided
that the Board does not object.

Section two establishes an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Many of horse ratings most prominent owners are people
who do not merely take a spectators role in the industry" These people
have worked in the industry for years and have developed a love for the
sport. If afforded the chance, many owners would cherish the opportunity
to enter horses into races and participate first hand. The Board is the
top governing body of the horse racing industry. The Board exercises
tight control over the sport through the enforcement of many rules and
regulations. Because of their regulatory role, it remains nearly impos-
sible for anyone to give preferential treatment towards any horse. These
same strict rules and regulations would be enforced no matter who the
owner happens to be. Accordingly, people who hold top positions at horse
racing facilities should not be precluded from participating in the
sport first hand.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

S.3697 of 2012: Referred to Racing, Gaming & Wagering S.3697 of 2011:
Referred to Racing, Gaming & Wagering S.2719 of 2010: Held in Racing,
Gaming & Wagering S.1585-A of 2008: Passed Senate S.8190 of 2006: Passed
Senate

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  2714

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- 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 the entering of horses in harness horse racing meetings by
  corporate officers, directors and executives

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Section 304 of the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breed-
ing law is amended to read as follows:
  S 304. Right to hold harness race meetings and races.  Any corporation
formed under the provisions of sections two hundred  twenty-two  through
seven  hundred  five of this chapter, and any corporation or association
which shall have conducted harness horse race meetings during two  years
prior  to  March  thirty-first,  nineteen hundred forty, and any town or
county fair association or other fair association shall have  the  power
and  the  right  to hold one or more harness horse race meetings in each
year and to hold, maintain and conduct harness races at  such  meetings.
At  such  harness  race  meetings the corporation or association, or the
owners of horses engaged in such races, or others who  are  not  partic-
ipants in the race, may contribute purses, prizes, premiums or stakes to
be  contested  for,  but  no  person  or persons other than the owner or
owners of a horse or horses contesting in a race shall have any  pecuni-
ary  interest  in a purse, prize, premium or stake contested for in such
race, or be entitled to or receive any portion thereof after  such  race
is  finished, and the whole of such purse, prize, premium or stake shall
be allotted in accordance with the terms and conditions  of  such  race.
Such  meeting  shall not be held except during the period extending from
the first day of January to the thirty-first day of  December  inclusive
in each year. In counties having a population of two hundred fifty thou-
sand  or  less, the state racing and wagering board may, however, permit

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06036-01-3

S. 2714                             2

the holding of one or more harness horse race meetings and  the  conduct
of harness races at such meetings on a day or days not during such peri-
od  if  the board is satisfied that a special occasion makes the holding
of such meetings and the conduct of such races on such day or days prop-
er or necessary; but in no event shall such meetings or races be held or
conducted  on  the  twenty-fifth  day of December. Such power and right,
however, shall not include the right to conduct pari-mutuel  betting  at
such  harness  horse race meetings except pursuant to license granted by
the state racing and wagering board pursuant  to  sections  two  hundred
twenty-two  through seven hundred five of this chapter.  NOTWITHSTANDING
ANY PROVISION OF ANY RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY,  NOTHING  SHALL
LIMIT  THE RIGHT OF ANY OFFICER, DIRECTOR OR EXECUTIVE, OR SPOUSE THERE-
OF, OF ANY CORPORATION LICENSED TO CONDUCT A HARNESS HORSE RACING  MEET-
ING  FROM  ENTERING A HORSE IN WHICH HE OR SHE HAS A BENEFICIAL INTEREST
IN ANY RACE CONDUCTED AT SUCH HARNESS HORSE RACING  MEETING  UNLESS  THE
STATE RACING AND WAGERING BOARD SHALL DETERMINE THAT ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL
SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO EXERCISE SUCH RIGHT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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