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AB-771 Horse racing: license to conduct a horse racing meeting: felony.(2019-2020)



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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 771


Introduced by Assembly Member Blanca Rubio

February 19, 2019


An act to add Section 19480.1 to the Business and Professions Code, relating to horse racing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 771, as introduced, Blanca Rubio. Horse racing: license to conduct a horse racing meeting: felony.
The Horse Racing Law authorizes the California Horse Racing Board to issue to any person who makes an application in writing, complies with specified provisions of this law, and who makes the deposit to secure payment of the license fee, a license to conduct a horse racing meeting at the track specified in the application, provided that the board determines that the issuance of the license will be in the public interest and will subserve the purposes of the Horse Racing Law. The Horse Racing Law provides that a violation of its provisions for which a penalty is not expressly provided is a misdemeanor. The Horse Racing Law makes it a misdemeanor for a person to directly or indirectly hold or conduct a meeting where there is horse racing and betting on the results, as specified, without first having procured a license.
This bill would provide that any person who, directly or indirectly, holds or conducts for profit any horse racing meeting without the proper licenses or approval from the board is guilty of a felony. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 19480.1 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

19480.1.
 Any person who, directly or indirectly, holds or conducts for profit any horse racing meeting without the proper licenses or approval from the board is guilty of a felony.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.