senate Bill S7302

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to exempting the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, Inc. from certain assessments under the workers' compensation law

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May 09, 2014 referred to racing, gaming and wagering

S7302 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9513A
Current Committee:
Senate Racing, Gaming And Wagering
Law Section:
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง221, RWB L

S7302 - Bill Texts

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Relates to exempting the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, Inc. from certain assessments under the workers' compensation law.

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BILL NUMBER:S7302

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and
breeding law, in relation to the New York Jockey Injury Compensation
Fund, Inc.

PURPOSE: This bill would exempt the New York Jockey Injury
Compensation Fund, Inc. and any safety group established by New York
horsemen under the provisions of section 91 of the Workers'
Compensation Law, from the assessments under section 151 of the
Worker's Compensation Law.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1: Amends subdivision 10 of section 221 of the Racing,
Pari-mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law to exempt the New York Jockey
Injury Compensation Fund, Inc. and any safety group established by New
York horsemen under the provisions of section 91 of the Workers'
Compensation Law, from the assessments under section 151 of the
Workers' Compensation Law.

Section 2: Effective date.

EXISTING LAW: At present, the New York Jockey Injury Compensation
Fund, Inc. is required to pay assessments charged pursuant to section
151 of the Workers' Compensation Law to the Chair of the Workers'
Compensation Board through its insurance carrier or the State
Insurance Fund until such time as the Workers' Compensation Board
establishes a direct employer payment process. Any safety group
established by New York horsemen for backstretch employees, such as
grooms, exercise riders and hot-walkers, is also required to pay
assessments charged under section 151 of the Workers' Compensation Law
through the State Insurance Fund.

JUSTIFICATION: In July 1990, the Legislature created the New York
Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, Inc. as a not-for-profit corporation
charged with the obligation of securing workers' compensation
insurance coverage in an efficient manner at low cost for the benefit
of all jockeys, apprentice jockeys and exercise persons licensed by
the New York State Gaming Commission (formerly the New York State
Racing and Wagering Board). This bill will exempt the New York Jockey
Injury Compensation Fund, Inc. from the assessments under section 151
of the Workers' Compensation Law, which will enable it to provide
workers' compensation insurance for jockeys and licensed exercise
riders at lower cost. This bill also will exempt any safety group
established by New York horsemen for backstretch employees, such as
grooms, exercise riders and hot-walkers, from the assessments under
section 151 of the Workers' Compensation law, which will enable such
horsemen to provide workers compensation insurance for such employees
at a lower cost and, thereby make racing in New York State more
competitive with other states.

A similar exemption has been statutorily granted to certain group
self-insured trusts pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law section
15-a.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall be
deemed to have been in full force and effect on and after January 1,
2014.

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

                                  7302

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 9, 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 the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund, Inc.

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

  Section  1.  Subdivision  10 of section 221 of the racing, pari-mutuel
wagering and breeding law, as amended by chapter 325 of the laws of 2004
and such section as renumbered by chapter 18 of the  laws  of  2008,  is
amended to read as follows:
  10.  The  fund  shall be exempt from payment of all fees and all taxes
levied by this state or any of its subdivisions, except taxes levied  on
real  property.    THE  FUND  SHALL  ALSO  BE EXEMPT FROM PAYMENT OF ALL
ASSESSMENTS UNDER SECTION ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE OF THE WORKERS'  COMPEN-
SATION LAW AND NO INSURANCE CARRIER OR THE STATE INSURANCE FUND SHALL BE
REQUIRED TO COLLECT ANY SUCH ASSESSMENTS FROM THE FUND. ANY GROUP ESTAB-
LISHED  BY  NEW YORK HORSEMEN UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION NINETY-ONE
OF THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW SHALL ALSO BE EXEMPT  FROM  PAYMENT  OF
ALL  ASSESSMENTS  UNDER  SECTION  ONE  HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE OF THE WORKERS'
COMPENSATION LAW AND THE STATE INSURANCE FUND SHALL NOT BE  REQUIRED  TO
COLLECT ANY SUCH ASSESSMENTS FROM ANY SUCH GROUP.
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall be deemed to
have been in full force and effect on and after January 1, 2014.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD15063-01-4

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