senate Bill S3793

Relates to reducing the minimum number of required racing days at franchised tracks

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 15 / Feb / 2013
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING

Summary

Reduces the minimum number of required racing days at franchised tracks from 95 to 75.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S3793
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง238, RWB L

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BILL NUMBER:S3793

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and
breeding law, in relation to days of racing

PURPOSE: This bill would provide flexibility to reduce racing dates
on the inner track at Aqueduct to limit injuries to horses and riders
by reducing the minimum days of racing during the winter meet at
Aqueduct racetrack from ninety-five to seventy-five.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends paragraph (d) of subdivision 1 of section 238 of the
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law to reduce the minimum
number of days of racing during the winter meet at Aqueduct racetrack
from ninety-five to seventy-five.

Section 2: Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The inner dirt track at Aqueduct that is used for
winter racing has experienced a higher rate of injuries to horses and
jockeys than any other track operated by the New York Racing
Association (NYRA) and there have been six breakdowns on the inner
track thus far this winter. The New York State Racing and Wagering
Board gave approval on January 31, 2013 to NYRA's request to eliminate
six winter racing days in the interest of limiting the exposure of
horses to winter racing. This legislation conforms with and
supplements this recent approval.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect February 1, 2013.

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

                                  3793

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 15, 2013
                               ___________

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 days of racing

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

  Section  1.  Paragraph  (d)  of  subdivision  1  of section 238 of the
racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, as amended by chapter  18
of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
  (d)  The  pari-mutuel  tax  rate  authorized  by paragraph (a) of this
subdivision shall be effective so long as a franchised corporation noti-
fies the racing and wagering board by August fifteenth of each year that
such pari-mutuel tax rate is effective of its intent to conduct  a  race
meeting  at  Aqueduct  racetrack during the months of December, January,
February, March and April. [For] NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO
THE CONTRARY, AND FOR purposes of this paragraph such race meeting shall
consist of not less than [ninety-five] SEVENTY-FIVE days of racing.  Not
later than May first of each year that  such  pari-mutuel  tax  rate  is
effective,  the racing and wagering board shall determine whether a race
meeting at Aqueduct  racetrack  consisted  of  the  number  of  days  as
required  by  this  paragraph.  In  determining the number of race days,
cancellation of a race day because of an act of God,  which  the  racing
and  wagering  board  approves or because of weather conditions that are
unsafe or hazardous which the racing and wagering board  approves  shall
not  be  construed  as  a  failure  to conduct a race day. Additionally,
cancellation of a race day because of circumstances beyond  the  control
of  such  franchised corporation for which the racing and wagering board
gives approval shall not be construed as a failure  to  conduct  a  race
day. If the racing and wagering board determines that the number of days
of racing as required by this paragraph have not occurred then the pari-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08533-01-3

S. 3793                             2

mutuel tax rate in paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall revert to the
pari-mutuel tax rates in effect prior to January first, nineteen hundred
ninety-five.  Such  franchised  corporation  shall pay to the racing and
wagering  board  as  a regulatory fee, which fee is hereby levied, fifty
hundredths of one per centum of the  total  daily  on-track  pari-mutuel
pools of such franchised corporation.
  S 2. This act shall take effect February 1, 2013.

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