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SB-368 Horse racing: fairs: funding.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/21/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 368


Introduced by Senator McGuire
(Coauthors: Senators Atkins, Berryhill, Dodd, and Vidak)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bigelow, Gallagher, Gomez, Maienschein, and Voepel)

February 14, 2017


An act to amend Section 19620.2 of the Business and Professions Code, and to amend Section 3200 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to horse racing, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 368, as amended, McGuire. Horse racing: fairs: funding.
(1) The Horse Racing Law provides that any unallocated balance from the total revenue received by the Department of Food and Agriculture pursuant to that law, except as specified, is hereby appropriated without regard to fiscal years for allocation by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture for capital outlay to California fairs for, among other things, fair projects involving public health and safety and projects that are required to protect fair property. That law also provides that a portion of these funds may be allocated to California fairs for general support.
This bill would revise these provisions to include revenue deposited into the Fair and Exposition Fund pursuant to a specified provision and funding appropriated by the Legislature or otherwise designated for California fairs pursuant to the Horse Racing Law or any other law that is to be appropriated without regard to fiscal years for allocation by the secretary for those capital outlay purposes.
(2) Existing law provides that all funds appropriated for California fairs and expositions pursuant to specified provisions of law shall not be utilized for the purposes specified in those provisions but shall instead be utilized for the construction or operation of recreational and cultural facilities of general public interest and may be allocated by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture to all state-designated fairs for those purposes.
This bill would delete these provisions and instead require that all funds appropriated or designated for California fairs and expositions pursuant to specified law or any other law be deposited into the Fair and Exposition Fund and be continuously appropriated as provided in specified provisions of the Horse Racing Law.
(3) By increasing the amounts to be deposited into the Fair and Exposition Fund, which is continuously appropriated, and by appropriating these amounts for new purposes, the bill would make an appropriation.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 19620.2 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

19620.2.
 (a) Any unallocated balance from Sections 19606.1 and 19620.1, revenue deposited into the Fair and Exposition Fund pursuant to Section 19614, and funding appropriated by the Legislature or otherwise designated for California fairs pursuant to this chapter or any other law is hereby appropriated without regard to fiscal years for allocation by the Secretary of Food and Agriculture for capital outlay to California fairs for fair projects involving public health and safety, for fair projects involving major and deferred maintenance, for fair projects necessary due to any emergency, for projects that are required by physical changes to the fair site, for projects that are required to protect the fair property or installation, such as fencing and flood protection, and for the acquisition or improvement of any property or facility that will serve to enhance the operation of the fair.
(b) A portion of the funds subject to allocation pursuant to subdivision (a) may be allocated to California fairs for general operational support. It is the intent of the Legislature that these moneys be used primarily for those California fairs whose sources of revenue may be limited for to the purposes specified in this section.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3200 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

3200.
 All funds appropriated or designated for California fairs and expositions pursuant to this chapter or any other law shall be deposited into the Fair and Exposition Fund and be continuously appropriated as specified in Sections 19606.1 and 19620.2 of the Business and Professions Code.