senate Bill S4618

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization

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May 22, 2013 signed chap.43
May 10, 2013 delivered to governor
May 01, 2013 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading cal.215
substituted for a5037a
Apr 30, 2013 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 29, 2013 advanced to third reading
Apr 24, 2013 2nd report cal.
Apr 23, 2013 1st report cal.402
Apr 16, 2013 referred to racing, gaming and wagering

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S4618 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5037A
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง228, RWB L

S4618 - Bill Texts

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Relates to certain payments to the horsemen's organization.

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BILL NUMBER:S4618

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, 2014.

Section 2. Effective date.

EXISTING LAW:

The current authorization is due to expire on August 31, 2013.

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 2011 and 2012.

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
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4618

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 16, 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 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
134 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
  The [state racing and wagering board] 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 thousand seven and continuing through
August thirty-first, two thousand [thirteen] FOURTEEN,  two  percent  of
all  purses shall be withheld, and, in the case of the franchised corpo-
ration, 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] COMMISSION adopted effective Novem-
ber 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 condition that such horsemen's organiza-
tion 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 determined by  its  board  of  directors,
annually  include in its expenditures for benevolence programs, funds to
support an organization  providing  services  necessary  to  backstretch

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08909-03-3

S. 4618                             2

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] 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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