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  ( Division 8 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 44. )

CHAPTER 4. Horse Racing [19400 - 19668]

  ( Chapter 4 repealed and added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1828. )

ARTICLE 3. Licenses Generally [19460 - 19466]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1828. )


All licenses granted under this chapter:

(a) Shall be in writing.

(b) Are subject to all rules, regulations, and conditions prescribed by the board.

(c) Shall contain such conditions as are deemed necessary or desirable by the board for the best interests of horse racing and the purposes of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 272, Sec. 2. (AB 2792) Effective January 1, 2011.)


Every license granted under this chapter is subject to suspension or revocation by the board in any case where the board has reason to believe that any condition regarding it has not been complied with, or that any law, including the Labor Code and the regulations adopted thereunder, or any rule or regulation of the board affecting it has been broken or violated.

All proceedings to revoke a license shall be conducted in accordance with Chapter 5 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 198, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2002.)


(a) The withdrawal of an application for a license after it has been filed with the board shall not, unless the board has consented in writing to the withdrawal, deprive the board of its authority to institute or continue a proceeding against the applicant for the denial of the license upon any ground provided by law, or to enter an order denying the license upon any of those grounds.

(b) The suspension, expiration, or forfeiture by operation of law of a license issued by the board, or its suspension, forfeiture, or cancellation by order of the board or by order of a court of law, or its surrender without the written consent of the board, shall not, during any period in which it may be renewed, restored, reissued, or reinstated, deprive the board of its authority to institute or continue a disciplinary proceeding against the licensee upon any ground provided by law, or to enter an order suspending or revoking the license or otherwise taking disciplinary action against the licensee on any of those grounds.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 400, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2007.)


Upon a finding by the Labor Commissioner that a violation of any provision of the Labor Code, within the jurisdiction of the Labor Commissioner, has been committed by a person licensed pursuant to this chapter in the course of such licensed activity, the Labor Commissioner shall, upon expiration of the applicable period for appeal, notify the board of that finding.

(Added by Stats. 2001, Ch. 198, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2002.)


If any license is suspended or revoked, the board shall state publicly its reasons for the suspension or revocation, and shall cause an entry of such reasons to be made on its minute book.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1828.)


The action of the board in suspending or revoking a license issued under this chapter is final, except that the propriety of the action of suspending or revoking a license or of any other final administrative action of the board is subject to review by any court of competent jurisdiction if the action is commenced in the court within 30 days of the board’s action. The action of the board shall stand unless and until reversed by a court. No action may be commenced in a court to attack, review, set aside, void, or annul any final action of the board unless it is commenced within 30 days of the board’s action.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1740, Sec. 7. Effective September 30, 1984.)


(a) No application for a horse owner’s license or for a license to conduct a race meeting shall be granted unless the applicant’s liability for workers’ compensation is secured in accordance with Division 4 (commencing with Section 3700) of the Labor Code. Any termination of security for that liability during the period of a license shall result in the immediate automatic suspension of the license during the period of that termination and also shall be a ground for revocation of the license.

(b) No application for a license to conduct a race meeting shall be granted unless the applicant has deposited with the board a surety bond in the amount of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), or a greater amount, as determined by the board, which is sufficient to ensure payment of employee wages and benefits including, but not limited to, health, welfare, and pension plans. The surety bond shall be maintained during the period of the meeting and for an additional period, as determined by the board, sufficient to assure that all payments are made. In the event of a dispute over the amount owed, the dispute shall be resolved through the grievance procedures set forth in the labor agreement of the union representing the class of employees affected.

For the purposes of this subdivision, an insured certificate of deposit payable to the Treasurer of the State of California shall be considered equivalent to a surety bond and shall be acceptable to the board upon such terms and conditions as it may prescribe. Interest paid to the state on the certificate of deposit shall be refunded to the applicant.

This subdivision does not apply to any person or association licensed to operate a horse race meeting prior to January 1, 2001, which has conducted a race meeting in each of the immediate three previous consecutive calendar years.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1082, Sec. 29. Effective January 1, 2001.)


The board shall maintain a current listing of its temporary and permanent licensees and shall include therein identifying information as to each licensee and the address of record. The board may provide a copy of the listing in the form requested by any federal, state, county, or municipal authority or racing jurisdiction. The board may require that its costs for providing a copy of a listing be reimbursed by the requesting authority or agency or organization.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1740, Sec. 8. Effective September 30, 1984.)

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