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AB-1173 Horse racing: thoroughbred race meetings: nonthoroughbred races.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/18/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1173


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooper

February 18, 2021


An act to amend Section 19533.5 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to horse racing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1173, as introduced, Cooper. Horse racing: thoroughbred race meetings: nonthoroughbred races.
Existing law, the Horse Racing Law, provides that the California Horse Racing Board may authorize an association licensed to conduct a thoroughbred race meeting to include up to 6 nonthoroughbred races per calendar year with the consent of the organization representing thoroughbred horsemen and horsewomen, except that a nonthoroughbred race cannot be held when a fair in the northern zone is conducting a race meeting without that fair’s consent.
This bill would increase the number of nonthoroughbred races that may be held under the provision described above to 8 races per calendar year.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 19533.5 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

19533.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 19533, the board may authorize the following mixed breed racing:
(1) An association licensed to conduct a quarter horse meeting to include Appaloosa races and Arabian races with the consent of the quarter horse horsemen’s and horsewomen’s organization contracting with the association with respect to the conduct of the racing meeting.
(2) A race between a quarter horse and a thoroughbred horse at a thoroughbred meeting with the consent of the thoroughbred horsemen’s and horsewomen’s organization contracting with the association with respect to the conduct of the racing meeting.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 19533, an association licensed to conduct quarter horse racing or a fair may conduct races that include paint horses racing with quarter horses or Appaloosa horses in the same race. When paint horses race with quarter horses, the consent of the organization that represents quarter horse horsemen and horsewomen shall first be obtained. A quarter horse association may write a race for paint horses only to replace an Appaloosa or Arabian race without increasing the average number of races run per race day with the consent of the organization representing the quarter horsemen and horsewomen.
(c) A quarter horse race with seven or more entries shall not be replaced by a race that includes paint horses, without the consent of the organization that represents quarter horse horsemen and horsewomen.
(d) Notwithstanding any other law, a quarter horse racing association or fair conducting barrel racing, paint horse racing, show jump racing, or steeplechase racing shall pay to the quarter horsemen’s and horsewomen’s organization the amount specified in Section 19613 for purposes of representing the horsemen and horsewomen conducting these races.
(e) Notwithstanding Section 19533, the board may authorize an association licensed to conduct a thoroughbred race meeting to include up to six eight nonthoroughbred races per calendar year with the consent of the organization representing thoroughbred horsemen and horsewomen, provided, however, that a nonthoroughbred race shall not be held when a fair in the northern zone is conducting a race meeting without that fair’s consent. Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 19617.8, amounts deducted and distributed pursuant to this chapter from wagering on nonthoroughbred races authorized pursuant to this section shall be deducted and distributed as if the wagers were placed on a thoroughbred race.