senate Bill S6527

Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization

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  • 03 / Feb / 2014
    • REFERRED TO RACING, GAMING AND WAGERING
  • 27 / Feb / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.730
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 19 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A8698

Summary

Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8698
Versions:
S6527
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง228, RWB L

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BILL NUMBER:S6527

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 extend the authority of the New
York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to receive an additional 1.0%
of purse funds for the support of additional medical and mental health
services for backstretch employees.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. Amends the opening paragraph of subdivision 2 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, 2015.

Section 2. Effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

The current authorization is due to expire on August 31, 2014.

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 Gaming
Commission 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'.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

Similar bills extending this authority were passed in 2007, 2008,
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6527

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 3, 2014
                               ___________

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
43 of the laws of 2013, is amended to read as follows:
  The New York state gaming commission 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
[fourteen] FIFTEEN, 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 commission adopted effective November third, nineteen hundred eight-
y-three representing at least fifty-one percent of the owners and train-
ers utilizing the facilities of  such  franchised  corporation,  on  the
condition  that  such horsemen's organization shall expend as much as is
necessary, 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  deter-
mined  by  its  board of directors, annually include in its expenditures
for benevolence 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13782-01-4

S. 6527                             2

the  commission  adopted  effective  May  twenty-third, nineteen hundred
eighty-six representing 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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