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AB-2592 California Horse Racing Board: fair horse racing calendar: economic analysis.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 19530 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

 (a)  The board shall have the authority to allocate racing weeks to an applicant or applicants pursuant to the provisions of this article and Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 19540) and to specify such those  racing days, dates, and hours for horse racing meetings as will be in the public interest, and will subserve the purposes of this chapter. The decision of the board as to those  racing days, dates, and hours shall be subject to change, limitation, restriction,  or reallocation restriction  only by the board. No A  municipality or county shall not  adopt or enforce any ordinance or regulation that has or may have the effect of directly or indirectly regulating, limiting, restricting,  or reallocating restricting  the racing days and dates of horse racing meetings.
(b) The board may, at any time, change, limit, restrict, or reallocate racing weeks, days, or dates that are allocated pursuant to this section regardless of whether a condition giving rise to that action is foreseen at the time of allocation or whether a license is issued to conduct a horse racing meeting during an allocated week, day, or date. The board’s exercise of authority pursuant to this subdivision is not a revocation subject to the proceedings required by Section 19461, regardless of any effect on a license issued under this chapter.

SEC. 2.

 Section 19549.5 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

 (a) When the board considers a proposal to make a substantial change to the number of days a fair conducts races or to the weeks in the horse racing calendar allocated to that fair, the board shall conduct an economic analysis of the proposal’s effect on those fairs whose horse racing calendar would be impacted. The economic analysis shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) The financial loss or gain to each fair impacted by the proposed fair horse racing calendar changes, including the impact on fair admissions, concessions, and sponsorship.
(2) Jobs generated or lost due to the proposed fair horse racing calendar changes.
(3) Availability of seasonable workers as a result of the fair horse racing calendar changes.
(4) Impact on agricultural education programs, if applicable.
(5) Financial impact on the community at large due to the changes to the fair horse racing calendar.
(b) The board shall consider all proposed alternative racing dates based on that economic analysis before the board votes on the proposal or any alternative option to the original proposal.
(c) As used in this section, “substantial change” means any change within the fair horse racing calendar that changes the allocation of racing dates to that fair by more than three days from the prior year’s horse racing dates.