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SB-879 Horse racing: racing weeks.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/22/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 879


Introduced by Senator Wilk

January 22, 2020


An act to amend Section 19531 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to horse racing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 879, as introduced, Wilk. Horse racing: racing weeks.
Existing law, the Horse Racing Law, authorizes the California Horse Racing Board to make allocations of racing weeks, including simultaneous racing between zones, as it deems appropriate, as provided.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 19531 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

19531.
 (a) The board shall make allocations of racing weeks, including simultaneous racing between zones, as it deems appropriate. The maximum number of racing weeks that may be allocated for horse racing other than at fairs, shall be as follows:
(1) For thoroughbred racing: 44 weeks per year in the northern zone; and 49 weeks per year in the combined central and southern zones.
(2) For harness racing: 25 weeks per year in the northern zone.
(3) For quarter horse racing: 25 weeks per year in the northern zone.
(4) For harness racing and quarter horse racing: a total of 77 weeks per year in the combined central and southern zones.
(b) In its written application for a license, an applicant shall state the time of day, consistent with this chapter, during which it will conduct its racing meeting, and particularly the first race starting time for the various racing days. After receiving a license, a licensee shall not change the first race starting time without securing prior approval of the board.
(c) Notwithstanding this section or any other provision in this chapter, the following provisions apply:
(1) From the weeks available in the combined central and southern zones pursuant to subdivision (a), the board shall allocate a minimum of seven weeks per year to a thoroughbred racing association to conduct thoroughbred racing at a racetrack that was used to conduct a thoroughbred race meeting in the southern zone prior to before 2012.
(2) The board shall not allocate dates to a thoroughbred association in the central zone for the purpose of conducting racing if a thoroughbred racing association is conducting racing in the southern zone on the same date during daytime hours.
(3) From the weeks available in the combined central and southern zones pursuant to subdivision (a), the board shall allocate a minimum of 25 weeks per year to a thoroughbred racing association to conduct thoroughbred racing at a racetrack that was used to conduct a thoroughbred race meeting in the central zone prior to before 2012.
(4) The board shall not allocate dates to a thoroughbred association in the southern zone for the purpose of conducting racing if a thoroughbred racing association is conducting racing in the central zone on the same date during daytime hours.
(5) From the weeks available in the combined central and southern zones pursuant to subdivision (a), the board may allocate a maximum of five weeks per year to a thoroughbred racing association to conduct thoroughbred racing at a racetrack in the southern zone that was not used to conduct a thoroughbred race meeting in the southern zone prior to before 2012.