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SB-469 Horse racing: health and safety.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 19481.7 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

19481.7.
 (a) (1) The board may, at any time, immediately suspend a license to conduct a horse racing meeting when necessary to protect the health and safety of horses or riders present at the horse racing meeting.
(2) A suspension ordered pursuant to this section shall require a vote of at least four members of the board, or, if fewer than four of the members are present, a unanimous vote of those members present.
(3) A suspension ordered pursuant to this section shall remain in effect until the board determines that the matters jeopardizing the health and safety of horses or riders at the horse racing meeting have been adequately addressed.
(4) As a condition of lifting a suspension ordered pursuant to this section, the board may require a licensee to comply with additional safety standards or other requirements as it deems necessary or desirable for the best interests of horse racing and the purposes of this chapter.
(5) A suspension ordered pursuant to this section is not a revocation subject to the proceedings required by Section 19461, regardless of any effect on a license issued under this chapter.
(b) (1) Notwithstanding the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), an emergency meeting may be called at any time by the chairperson of the board, the executive director, or by a majority of the members of the board to consider suspending a license to conduct a horse racing meeting pursuant to this section when there exists an emergency situation involving matters upon which prompt action is necessary to protect the health and safety of horses or riders present at the horse racing meeting. The board may hold an emergency meeting pursuant to this section without complying with the 10-day notice requirement of Section 11125 of the Government Code or the 48-hour notice requirement of Section 11125.4 of the Government Code if the delay necessitated by those requirements would significantly and adversely impact the board’s ability to protect the health and safety of the horses or riders present at the horse racing meeting.
(2) At the commencement of an emergency meeting called pursuant to this section, the board shall make a finding in open session that the delay necessitated by providing notice 10 days before a meeting as required by Section 11125 of the Government Code or 48 hours before a meeting as required by Section 11125.4 of the Government Code would significantly and adversely impact the board’s ability to protect the health and safety of the horses or riders at a horse racing meeting. The finding shall be adopted by a vote of at least four members of the board, or, if fewer than four of the members are present, a unanimous vote of those members present. Failure to adopt the finding shall terminate the meeting.
(3) Newspapers of general circulation and radio or television stations that have requested notice of meetings pursuant to Section 11125 of the Government Code shall be notified by the executive director, or a designee thereof, at least one hour before the emergency meeting by telephone. Notice shall also be made available on the board’s internet website as soon as is practicable after the decision to call the emergency meeting has been made. Notwithstanding Section 11125 of the Government Code, the board may take action at the emergency meeting on an item of business involving the emergency situation that is not included in an agenda, if any, that accompanies any notice provided pursuant to this paragraph.
(4) The minutes of an emergency meeting called pursuant to this section, a copy of the rollcall vote, and any action taken at the meeting shall be posted for a minimum of 10 days in a public place as soon after the meeting as possible.
(c) (1) It is unlawful to conduct a horse racing meeting under a license suspended pursuant to this section or, if the suspension is lifted, without meeting a condition imposed pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a).
(2) Nothing in this section supersedes or limits the board’s authority to suspend or deny a license under any other provision of law.

SEC. 2.

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

19530.
 (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 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 such those  racing days, dates, and hours shall be subject to change, limitation  limitation, restriction,  or restriction reallocation  only by the board. No municipality or county shall adopt or enforce any ordinance or regulation which that  has or may have the effect of directly or indirectly regulating, limiting  limiting, restricting,  or restricting reallocating  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. 3.
 The Legislature finds and declares that Section 1 of this act, which adds Section 19481.7 of the Business and Professions Code, imposes a limitation on the public’s right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies within the meaning of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution. Pursuant to that constitutional provision, the Legislature makes the following findings to demonstrate the interest protected by this limitation and the need for protecting that interest:
In order to protect the health and safety of horses or riders present at horse racing meetings, it is necessary to exempt certain meetings of the California Horse Racing Board from notice requirements that would prevent the board from providing timely protection to horses or riders.
SEC. 4.
 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.
SEC. 5.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to provide additional protections for horses and riders present at horse racing meetings as soon as possible, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.