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A02118 Summary:

BILL NOA02118
 
SAME ASSAME AS S01059
 
SPONSORPretlow
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 301, RWB L
 
Relates to harness racing.
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A02118 Actions:

BILL NOA02118
 
01/17/2017referred to racing and wagering
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A02118 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2118
 
SPONSOR: Pretlow
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law, in relation to harness racing   PURPOSE: TO ALLOW COMPETITION AND WAGERING ON "RACING UNDER SADDLE" (RUS) AT STANDARDBRED HARNESS RACETRACKS   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: SECTION 1: AMENDS SUBDIVISION 3 OF SECTION 301 OF THE RACING, PARI-MUTU- EL WAGERING AND BREEDING LAW TO PERMIT A MOUNTED RIDER AS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF STANDARDBRED HARNESS RACING SECTION 2: EFFECTIVE DATE.   JUSTIFICATION: UNDER CURRENT LAW, THE DEFINITION OF HARNESS RACING LIMITS THE RACING OF THIS VERY SPECIFIC BREED AND UNIQUE BREED OF HORSE (STANDARDBRED A/K/A HARNESS HORSE) TO RACING ATTACHED TO "A SULKY, CARRIAGE OR SIMILAR VEHI- CLE" AND EFFECTIVELY PROHIBITS THE PRACTICE OF "RACING UNDER SADDLE" (RUS) WITH A MOUNTED RIDER. A PROMOTIONAL EVENT-WHICH NO PURSE MONEY WAS AWARD, WAS HELD AT YONKERS RACEWAY IN 2010. FAN INTEREST IN RUS OR "MONTE RACING" HAS HEIGHTENED AS A RESULT OF THIS EXHIBITION. WHILE THE YONKERS RUS EXHIBITION CREATED INTEREST AND EXCITEMENT IN THIS NEW FORM OF RACING, IT HAS REMAINED A NOVELTY WITH UNREALIZED POTENTIAL BECAUSE OF THE INABILITY TO PAY PURSES. PERMITTING RUS AT NYS HARNESS TRACKS COULD HAVE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR THE RACING INDUSTRY, AND THEREFORE FOR THE ENTIRE STATE. THIS PROPOSAL WOULD SPECIFICALLY LIMIT SUCH RACING AT HARNESS TRACKS ONLY TO REGISTERED STANDARDBRED HORSES (AND, OBVIOUSLY, ONLY AT A TROT OR A PACE). SUCH CHANGES WOULD ALLOW LICENSED HARNESS TRACKS TO CONDUCT EITHER HARNESS RACES OR RUS RACES AND WOULD ALLOW WAGERS TO BE MADE AND PURSES TO BE PAID UNDER THE SAME REGULATORY GUIDELINES CURRENTLY IN PLACE FOR THE CONDUCT OF HARNESS RACES.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: THE FISCAL IMPACTS OF SUCH A CHANGE WOULD BE ONLY POSITIVE, AS IT WOULD LIKELY BENEFIT RACING AND AGRICULTURE ACROSS NEW YORK.   EFFECTIVE DATE: THIS ACT SHALL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY
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A02118 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          2118
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                    January 17, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Racing and Wagering
 
        AN ACT to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and  breeding  law,  in
          relation to harness racing
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 301  of  the  racing,  pari-mutuel
     2  wagering and breeding law is amended to read as follows:
     3    3.  The  term "racing", as used in this article, shall be construed to
     4  mean utilizing only [horse racing in which the horses participating  are
     5  harnessed]  horses  that are registered with a recognized breed registry
     6  as standard (harness) and where the standardbred horse is attached to  a
     7  sulky,  carriage, or similar vehicle[, and shall not include any form of
     8  horse racing in which the horses participating are]  or  mounted  [by  a
     9  jockey].
    10    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
 
 
 
 
 
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD04459-01-7
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