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Legislative intent
Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law (PML) CHAPTER 47-A, ARTICLE 10
§ 1000. Legislative intent. The legislature finds that the racing,
breeding and pari-mutuel wagering industry is an important sector of the
agricultural economy of this state, provides substantial revenue for
state and local governments, and employs tens of thousands of state

The legislature further determines that simulcasting, the simultaneous
telecast of live audio and visual signals of horse races on which
pari-mutuel betting is permitted, holds the potential to strengthen and
further these economic contributions and that it is in the best interest
of the state to encourage experimentation with such live telecasts.

The purpose of such experimentation shall be to determine if that
technology can promote the overall growth of the industry resulting in
additional revenues for the support of the racing associations and
corporations, purses, breeders, off-track betting corporations, labor
and government.

No simulcasts shall be authorized which jeopardize present racing or
employment opportunities or which infringe on current operations or
markets of the racetracks and the regional off-track betting
corporations which generate significant revenues for local governments
in the state.

Accordingly, the legislature hereby authorizes experimentation with
the telecasts of horse races, on which pari-mutuel wagering shall be
permitted, under the regulation of the commission in the manner and
subject to the conditions provided in this article.