Senate
House
Joint
Bill Status
WV Code
Audits/ Reports
Educational
Contact
home
home

Introduced Version House Bill 3183 History

   |  Email


hb3183 intr
H. B. 3183


(By Delegate DeLong)
[Introduced March 24, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Finance.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §19-23-3, §19-23-10 and §19-23-13 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating generally to the disposition of funds from West Virginia Racing Commission Special Account - Unredeemed Pari-Mutuel Tickets.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §19-23-3, §19-23-10 and §19-23-13 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 23. HORSE AND DOG RACING.
§19-23-3. Definitions.
Unless the context in which used clearly requires a different meaning, as used in this article:
(1) "Horse racing" means any type of horse racing, including, but not limited to, thoroughbred racing and harness racing;
(2) "Thoroughbred racing" means flat or running type horse racing in which each horse participating therein is a thoroughbred and is mounted by a jockey;
(3) "Harness racing" means horse racing in which the horses participating therein are harnessed to a sulky, carriage or other vehicle and shall not include any form of horse racing in which the horses are mounted by jockeys;
(4) "Horse race meeting" means the whole period of time for which a license is required by the provisions of section one of this article;
(5) "Dog racing" means any type of dog racing, including, but not limited to, greyhound racing;
(6) "Purse" means any purse, stake or award for which a horse or dog race is run;
(7) "Racing association" or "person" means any individual, partnership, firm, association, corporation or other entity or organization of whatever character or description;
(8) "Applicant" means any racing association making application for a license under the provisions of this article or any person making application for a permit under the provisions of this article, or any person making application for a construction permit under the provisions of this article, as the case may be;
(9) "License" means the license required by the provisions of section one of this article;
(10) "Permit" means the permit required by the provisions of section two of this article;
(11) "Construction permit" means the construction permit required by the provisions of section eighteen of this article;
(12) "Licensee" means any racing association holding a license required by the provisions of section one of this article and issued under the provisions of this article;
(13) "Permit holder" means any person holding a permit required by the provisions of section two of this article and issued under the provisions of this article;
(14) "Construction permit holder" means any person holding a construction permit required by the provisions of section eighteen of this article and issued under the provisions of this article;
(15) "Hold or conduct" includes "assist, aid or abet in holding or conducting";
(16) "Racing Commission" means the West Virginia Racing Commission;
(17) "Stewards" means the steward or stewards representing the Racing Commission, the steward or stewards representing a licensee and any other steward or stewards, whose duty it is to supervise any horse or dog race meeting, all as may be provided by reasonable rules and regulations of the Racing Commission, and the reasonable rules and regulations shall specify the number of stewards to be appointed, the method and manner of their appointment and their powers, authority and duties;
(18) "Pari-mutuel" means a mutuel or collective pool that can be divided among those who have contributed their wagers to one central agency, the odds to be reckoned in accordance to the collective amounts wagered upon each contestant running in a horse or dog race upon which the pool is made, but the total to be divided among the first three contestants on the basis of the number of wagers on these;
(19) "Pari-mutuel clerk" means any employee of a licensed racing association who is responsible for the collection of wagers, the distribution of moneys for winning pari-mutuel tickets, verification of the validity of pari-mutuel tickets and accounting for pari-mutuel funds;
(20) "Pool" means a combination of interests in a joint wagering enterprise or a stake in such enterprise;
(21) "Legitimate breakage" is the percentage left over in the division of a pool;
(22) "To the dime" means that wagers shall be figured and paid to the dime;
(23) "Code" means the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as heretofore and hereinafter amended;
(24) "Accredited thoroughbred horse" means a thoroughbred horse that is: (a) Foaled in West Virginia; (b) sired by an accredited West Virginia sire; or (c) as a yearling, finished twelve consecutive months of verifiable residence in the state, except for thirty days grace: (A) For the horse to be shipped to and from horse sales where the horse is officially entered in the sales catalogue of a recognized thoroughbred sales company, or (B) for obtaining veterinary services, documented by veterinary reports;
(25) "Accredited West Virginia sire" is a sire that is permanently domiciled in West Virginia, stands a full season in West Virginia and is registered with West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association;
(26) "Breeder of an accredited West Virginia horse" is the owner of the foal at the time it was born in West Virginia;
(27) "Raiser of an accredited West Virginia horse" is the owner of the yearling at the time it finished twelve consecutive months of verifiable residence in the state. During the period, the raiser will be granted one month of grace for his or her horse to be shipped to and from thoroughbred sales where the horse is officially entered in the sales catalogue of a recognized thoroughbred sales company. Prior to the horse being shipped out of the state for sales, the raiser must notify the Racing Commission of his or her intentions;
(28) The "owner of an accredited West Virginia sire" is the owner of record at the time the offspring is conceived;
(29) The "owner of an accredited West Virginia horse" means the owner at the time the horse earned designated purses to qualify for restricted purse supplements provided for in section thirteen-b of this article;
(30) "Registered greyhound owner" means an owner of a greyhound that is registered with the National Greyhound Association all persons who are listed as owners on the certificate of ownership with the National Greyhound Association, and must be a bona fide resident of this state;
(31) "Fund" means the West Virginia Thoroughbred Development Fund established in section thirteen-b of this article; and
(32) "Regular purse" means both regular purses and stakes purses.
§19-23-10. Daily license tax; pari-mutuel pools tax; how taxes paid; alternate tax; credits.

(a) Any racing association conducting thoroughbred racing at any horse racetrack in this state shall pay each day upon which horse races are run a daily license tax of two hundred fifty dollars. Any racing association conducting harness racing at any horse racetrack in this state shall pay each day upon which horse races are run a daily license tax of one hundred fifty dollars. Any racing association conducting dog races shall pay each day upon which dog races are run a daily license tax of one hundred fifty dollars. In the event thoroughbred racing, harness racing, dog racing, or any combination of the foregoing are conducted on the same day at the same racetrack by the same racing association, only one daily license tax in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars shall be paid for that day. Any daily license tax shall not apply to any local, county or state fair, horse show or agricultural or livestock exposition at which horse racing is conducted for not more than six days.
(b) Any racing association licensed by the Racing Commission to conduct thoroughbred racing and permitting and conducting pari-mutuel wagering under the provisions of this article shall, in addition to the daily license tax set forth in subsection (a) of this section, pay to the Racing Commission, from the Commission deducted each day by the licensee from the pari-mutuel pools on thoroughbred racing a tax calculated on the total daily contribution of all pari-mutuel pools conducted or made at any and every thoroughbred race meeting of the licensee licensed under the provisions of this article. The tax, on the pari-mutuel pools conducted or made each day during the months of January, February, March, October, November and December, shall from the effective date of this section and for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-five be calculated at two and six-tenths percent; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-six, be calculated at two and three-tenths percent; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven, be calculated at two percent of the pool; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, be calculated at one and one-half percent; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine, be calculated at one percent of the pool; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety, seven tenths of one percent, and for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-one and each fiscal year thereafter be calculated at four tenths of one percent of the pool; and, on the pari-mutuel pools conducted or made each day during all other months, shall from the effective date of this section and for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-five, be calculated at three and six-tenths percent; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-six, be calculated at three and three-tenths percent; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-seven, be calculated at three percent of the pool; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, be calculated at two and one-half percent; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine, be calculated at two percent of the pool; for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety, be calculated at one and seven-tenths percent of the pool; and for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-one and each fiscal year thereafter, be calculated at one and four-tenths percent of the pool: Provided, That out of the amount realized from the three tenths of one percent decrease in the tax effective for fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-one and thereafter, which decrease correspondingly increases the amount of commission retained by the licensee, the licensee shall annually expend or dedicate: (i) One half of the realized amount for capital improvements in its barn area at the track, subject to the Racing Commission's prior approval of the plans for the improvements; and (ii) the remaining one half of the realized amount for capital improvements as the licensee may determine appropriate at the track. The term "capital improvement" shall be as defined by the Internal Revenue Code: Provided, however, That any racing association operating a horse racetrack in this state having an average daily pari-mutuel pool on horse racing of two hundred eighty thousand dollars or less per day for the race meetings of the preceding calendar year shall, in lieu of payment of the pari-mutuel pool tax, calculated as in this subsection, be permitted to conduct pari-mutuel wagering at the horse racetrack on the basis of a daily pari-mutuel pool tax fixed as follows: On the daily pari-mutuel pool not exceeding three hundred thousand dollars the daily pari-mutuel pool tax shall be one thousand dollars plus the otherwise applicable percentage rate imposed by this subsection of the daily pari-mutuel pool, if any, in excess of three hundred thousand dollars: Provided further, That upon the effective date of the reduction of the daily pari-mutuel pool tax to one thousand dollars from the former two thousand dollars, the association or licensee shall daily deposit five hundred dollars into the special fund for regular purses established by subdivision (1), subsection (b), section nine of this article: And provided further, That if an association or licensee qualifying for the foregoing alternate tax conducts more than one racing performance, each consisting of up to thirteen races in a calendar day, the association or licensee shall pay both the daily license tax imposed in subsection (a) of this section and the alternate tax in this subsection for each performance: And provided further, That a licensee qualifying for the foregoing alternate tax is excluded from participation in the fund established by section thirteen-b of this article: And provided further, That this exclusion shall not apply to any thoroughbred racetrack at which the licensee has participated in the West Virginia Thoroughbred Development Fund for more than four consecutive years prior to the thirty-first day of December, one thousand nine hundred ninety-two.
(c) Any racing association licensed by the Racing Commission to conduct harness racing and permitting and conducting pari-mutuel wagering under the provisions of this article shall, in addition to the daily license tax required under subsection (a) of this section, pay to the Racing Commission, from the commission deducted each day by the licensee from the pari-mutuel pools on harness racing, as a tax, three percent of the first one hundred thousand dollars wagered, or any part thereof; four percent of the next one hundred fifty thousand dollars; and five and three-fourths percent of all over that amount wagered each day in all pari-mutuel pools conducted or made at any and every harness race meeting of the licensee licensed under the provisions of this article.
(d) Any racing association licensed by the Racing Commission to conduct dog racing and permitting and conducting pari-mutuel wagering under the provisions of this article shall, in addition to the daily license tax required under subsection (a) of this section, pay to the Racing Commission, from the commission deducted each day by the licensee from the pari-mutuel pools on dog racing, as a tax, four percent of the first fifty thousand dollars or any part thereof of the pari-mutuel pools, five percent of the next fifty thousand dollars of the pari-mutuel pools, six percent of the next one hundred thousand dollars of the pari-mutuel pools, seven percent of the next one hundred fifty thousand dollars of the pari-mutuel pools, and eight percent of all over three hundred fifty thousand dollars wagered each day: Provided, That the licensee shall deduct daily from the pari-mutuel tax an amount equal to one tenth of one percent of the daily pari-mutuel pools in dog racing in fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety; fifteen hundredths of one percent in fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-one; two tenths of one percent in fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-two; one quarter of one percent in fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-three; and three tenths of one percent in fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-four and every fiscal year thereafter. The amounts deducted shall be paid to the Racing Commission to be deposited by the Racing Commission in a banking institution of its choice in a special account to be known as "West Virginia Racing Commission-Special Account-West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund". The purpose of the fund is to promote better breeding and racing of greyhounds in the state through awards and purses to bona fide resident registered greyhound owners of accredited West Virginia whelped greyhounds. An accredited West Virginia whelped greyhound shall be solely owned by a bona fide West Virginia resident or residents to qualify as accredited. In order for a person to be eligible to receive an award or purse through the fund, the registered greyhound owner or owners of the accredited West Virginia whelped greyhound must be a bona fide resident of this state. To qualify as a bona fide resident of West Virginia, a registered greyhound owner may not claim residency in any other state. A registered greyhound owner must prove bona fide residency by providing to the commission personal income tax returns filed in the State of West Virginia for the most recent tax year and the three previous tax years, has real or personal property in this state on which the owner has paid real or personal property taxes during the most recent tax year and the previous three tax years and an affidavit stating that the owner claims no other state of residency. The Racing Commission and the West Virginia registered greyhound owners and breeders association shall maintain a registry for West Virginia bred greyhounds. The moneys shall be expended by the Racing Commission for purses for stake races, supplemental purse awards, administration, promotion and educational programs involving West Virginia whelped dogs, owned by residents of this state under rules promulgated by the Racing Commission. The Racing Commission shall pay out of the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund to each of the licensed dog racing tracks the sum of seventy-five thousand dollars for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-four. The licensee shall deposit the sum into the special fund for regular purses established under the provisions of section nine of this article. The funds shall be expended solely for the purpose of supplementing regular purses under rules promulgated by the Racing Commission.
Supplemental purse awards will be distributed as follows: Supplemental purses shall be paid directly to the registered greyhound owner of an accredited greyhound.
The registered greyhound owner of accredited West Virginia whelped greyhounds that earn a purse at any West Virginia meet will receive a bonus award calculated at the end of each month as a percentage of the fund dedicated to the owners as purse supplements, which shall be a minimum of fifty percent of the total moneys deposited into the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund monthly.
The total amount of the fund available for the owners' awards shall be distributed according to the ratio of purses earned by an accredited greyhound to the total amount earned in races by all accredited West Virginia whelped greyhounds for that month as a percentage of the funds dedicated to the owners' purse supplements.
The registered greyhound owner of an accredited West Virginia whelped greyhound shall file a purse distribution form with the Racing Commission for a percentage of his or her dog's earnings to be paid directly to the registered greyhound owner or owners of the greyhound. Distribution shall be made on the fifteenth day of each month for the preceding month's achievements.
In no event shall purses earned at a meet held at a track which did not make contributions to the West Virginia Greyhound Breeder's Development Fund out of the daily pool on the day the meet was held qualify or count toward eligibility for supplemental purse awards.
Any balance in the purse supplement funds after all distributions have been made for the year revert to the general account of the fund for distribution in the following year.
In an effort to further promote the breeding of quality West Virginia whelped greyhounds, a bonus purse supplement shall be established in the amount of fifty thousand dollars per annum, to be paid in equal quarterly installments of twelve thousand five hundred dollars per quarter using the same method to calculate and distribute these funds as the regular supplemental purse awards. This bonus purse supplement is for three years only, commencing on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three, and ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six. This money would come from the current existing balance in the Greyhound Development Fund.
Each pari-mutuel greyhound track shall provide stakes races for accredited West Virginia whelped greyhounds: Provided, That each pari-mutuel track shall have one juvenile and one open stake race annually. The Racing Commission shall oversee and approve racing schedules and purse amounts.
Ten percent of the deposits into the Greyhound Breeding Development Fund beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three and continuing each year thereafter, shall be withheld by the Racing Commission and placed in a special revenue account hereby created in the State Treasury called the "Administration, Promotion and Educational Account". The Racing Commission is authorized to expend the moneys deposited in the administration, promotion and educational account at such times and in such amounts as the Commission determines to be necessary for purposes of administering and promoting the greyhound development program: Provided, That beginning with fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-five and in each fiscal year thereafter in which the Commission anticipates spending any money from the account, the Commission shall submit to the Executive Department during the budget preparation period prior to the Legislature convening before that fiscal year for inclusion in the executive budget document and budget bill, the recommended expenditures, as well as requests of appropriations for the purpose of administration, promotion and education. The Commission shall make an annual report to the Legislature on the status of the administration, promotion and education account, including the previous year's expenditures and projected expenditures for the next year.
The Racing Commission, for the fiscal year one thousand nine hundred ninety-four only, may expend up to thirty-five thousand dollars from the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund to accomplish the purposes of this section without strictly following the requirements in the previous paragraph.
(e) All daily license and pari-mutuel pools tax payments required under the provisions of this section shall be made to the Racing Commission or its agent after the last race of each day of each horse or dog race meeting, and the pari-mutuel pools tax payments shall be made from all contributions to all pari-mutuel pools to each and every race of the day.
(f) Every association or licensee subject to the provisions of this article, including the changed provisions of sections nine and ten of this article, shall annually submit to the Racing Commission and the Legislature financial statements, including a balance sheet, income statement, statement of change in financial position and an audit of any electronic data system used for pari-mutuel tickets and betting, prepared in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, as certified by an experienced public accountant or a certified public accountant.
§19-23-13. Disposition of funds for payment of outstanding and unredeemed pari-mutuel tickets; publication of notice; irredeemable tickets; stake races for dog tracks.

(a) All moneys held by any licensee for the payment of outstanding and unredeemed pari-mutuel tickets, if not claimed within ninety days after the close of a horse or dog race meeting or the televised racing day, as the case may be, in connection with which the tickets were issued, shall be turned over by the licensee to the Racing Commission within fifteen days after the expiration of the ninety-day period, and the licensee shall give any information required by the Racing Commission concerning the outstanding and unredeemed tickets. The moneys shall be deposited by the Racing Commission in a banking institution of its choice in a special account to be known as "West Virginia Racing Commission Special Account - Unredeemed Pari-Mutuel Tickets." Notice of the amount, date and place of each deposit shall be given by the Racing Commission, in writing, to the State Treasurer. The Racing Commission shall then cause to be published a notice to the holders of the outstanding and unredeemed pari-mutuel tickets, notifying them to present their unredeemed tickets for payment at the principal office of the Racing Commission within ninety days from the date of the publication of the notice. The notice shall be published within fifteen days following the receipt of the outstanding and unredeemed pari-mutuel ticket moneys by the Commission from the licensee as a Class I legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for the publication shall be the county in which the horse or dog race meeting was held and the county in which the televised racing day wagering was conducted in this state.
(b) Any outstanding and unredeemed pari-mutuel tickets that are not presented for payment within ninety days from the date of the publication of the notice are thereafter irredeemable, and the moneys theretofore held for the redemption of the pari-mutuel tickets shall become the property of the Racing Commission and shall be expended as provided in this subsection. The Racing Commission shall maintain separate accounts for each licensee and shall record in each separate account the moneys turned over by the licensee and the amount expended at the licensee's track for the purposes set forth in this subsection. The moneys from thoroughbred racetracks in the West Virginia Racing Commission Special Account - Unredeemed Pari-mutuel Tickets shall be expended as follows:
(1) To the owner of the winning horse in any horse race at a horse race meeting held or conducted by any licensee: Provided, That the owner of the horse is at the time of the horse race a bona fide resident of this state, a sum equal to ten percent of the purse won by the horse at that race: Provided, however, That in the event there are more than ten races in any performance, the award to the resident owner of the winning horse will be that fractional share of the purse with a numerator of one and a denominator representing the number of races on the day of the performance. that earns a purse at any West Virginia meet shall receive an award calculated as a percentage of the fund dedicated to the owners which shall be sixty percent of the fund available for distribution in any one month. The total amount available for the owner's award shall be distributed according to the ratio of purses earned by the eligible horse to the total amount earned in the races by all submitted claims for race horses for that month as a percentage of the fund dedicated to the owners. The Commission may require proof that the owner was, at the time of the race, a bona fide resident of this state. Upon proof by the owner that he or she filed a personal income tax return in this state for the previous two years and that he or she owned real or personal property in this state and paid taxes in this state on real or personal property for the previous two years, he or she shall be presumed to be a bona fide resident of this state; and
(2) To the breeder (that is, the owner of the mare) of the winning horse in any horse race at a horse race meeting held or conducted by any licensee: Provided, That the mare foaled in this state, a sum equal to ten percent of the purse won by the horse: Provided, however, That in the event there are more than ten races in any performance, the award to the breeder will be that fractional share of the purse with a numerator of one and a denominator representing the number of races on the day of the performance that earns a purse in any race at a West Virginia meet shall receive an award calculated as a percentage of the fund dedicated to the breeder which shall be fifteen percent of the fund available for distribution in any month. The total amount available for the breeders' awards shall be distributed according to the ratio of purses earned by the eligible horse in the race to the total purses earned in the races by all submitted claims for race horses for that month as a percentage of the fund dedicated to the breeders; and
(3) To the owner of the stallion which sired the winning horse in any horse race at a horse race meeting held or conducted by any licensee: Provided, That the mare which foaled the winning horse was served by a stallion standing and registered in this state, a sum equal to ten percent of the purse won by the horse: Provided, however, That in the event there are more than ten races in any performance, the award to the owner of the stallion will be percentage of the purse based upon the fractional share represented by the number of races on the day of the performance that earns a purse in any race at a West Virginia meet shall receive an award calculated as a percentage of the fund dedicated to stallion owners which shall be twenty-five percent of the fund available for distribution in any one month. The total amount available for the stallion award shall be distributed according to the ratio of purses earned by the eligible horse to the total amount earned in the races by all submitted claims for race horses for that month as a percentage of the fund dedicated to stallion owners; and
(4) To those horse racing licensees not participating in the thoroughbred development fund authorized in section thirteen-b of this article, the unexpended balance of the licensee's account not expended as provided in subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) of this subsection: Provided, That all moneys distributed under this subdivision shall be expended solely for capital improvements at the licensee's track: Provided, however, That the capital improvements must be approved, in writing, by the West Virginia racing commission before funds are expended by the licensee for that capital improvement All claims for awards as described in subdivisions (1), (2) and (3) shall be submitted to the Racing Commission no later than the fifteenth calendar day succeeding the month in which the race was conducted: Provided, That payment on the claim shall be made not later than the twenty-fifth calendar day succeeding the month in which the race was conducted; and
(5) When The moneys in the special account, from the greyhound tracks, known as the West Virginia Racing Commission Special Account - Unredeemed Pari-mutuel Tickets will more than satisfy the requirements of subdivisions (1), (2), (3) and (4) of this subsection, the West Virginia racing commission shall have the authority to expend the excess moneys from unredeemed horse racing pari-mutuel tickets as purse money in any race conditioned exclusively for West Virginia bred or sired horses, and to expend the excess moneys from unredeemed dog racing pari-mutuel tickets in supplementing purses and establishing stake races and dog racing handicaps at the dog tracks: Provided, That subject to the availability of funds, the commission shall, after the requirements of subdivisions (1), (2), (3) and (4) of this subsection have been satisfied shall be expended if available by the West Virginia Racing Commission as follows:
(A) Transfer annually, if available, one hundred thousand dollars into a separate account to be used for construction and operational expenses of a greyhound training facility, which has been developed pursuant to terms and conditions approved by the West Virginia Racing Commission.
(A) (B) Transfer annually, if available, two hundred thousand dollars to the West Virginia Racing Commission Special Account - West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund;
(B) (C) Transfer annually, if available, two hundred thousand dollars into a separate account to be used for stakes races for West Virginia bred greyhounds at dog racetracks; and
(C) (D) Transfer annually, if available, two hundred thousand dollars to a trust maintained and administered by the organization which is recognized by the West Virginia Racing Commission, pursuant to a legislative rule proposed for promulgation by the Commission and authorized by the Legislature, as the representative of the majority of the active jockeys in West Virginia, for the purpose of providing health and disability benefits to eligible active or disabled West Virginia jockeys and their dependents in accordance with eligibility criteria established by said organization. For purposes of this section in determining health benefits, an eligible active jockey is one who rides at least one hundred mounts per calendar year of which fifty-one must be in the State of West Virginia: Provided, That a jockey is not eligible for health benefits if he or she receives health benefits from any other state; and
(D) (E) After all payments to satisfy the requirements of (A), (B), and (C) and (D) of this proviso have been satisfied, the Commission, from the moneys received from the greyhound racetracks, shall have authority to transfer, if available, one hundred fifty thousand dollars left from all uncashed pari-mutuel tickets to the trust maintained and administered by the organization which is recognized by the West Virginia Racing Commission, pursuant to legislative rule proposed for promulgation by the Commission and authorized by the Legislature as the representative of the majority of the active jockeys in West Virginia.
(c) The Commission shall submit to the Legislative Auditor a quarterly report and accounting of the income, expenditures and unobligated balance in the special account created by this section known as the West Virginia Racing Commission Special Account - Unredeemed Pari-mutuel Tickets.
(d) Nothing contained in this article shall prohibit one person from qualifying for all or more than one of the aforesaid awards or for awards under section thirteen-b of this article.
(e) The cost of publication of the notice provided for in this section shall be paid from the funds in the hands of the State Treasurer collected from the pari-mutuel pools' tax provided for in section ten of this article, when not otherwise provided in the budget; but no such costs shall be paid unless an itemized account thereof, under oath, be first filed with the State Auditor.
(f) The Racing Commission is authorized to promulgate emergency rules, prior to the first day of July, two thousand four, to incorporate the revisions to this article enacted during the two thousand four regular legislative session.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to modify the disposition of funds from West Virginia Racing Commission Special Account - Unredeemed Pari-Mutuel Tickets; make technical changes to the definition of "Registered greyhound owner; and require that an accredited West Virginia whelped greyhound shall be solely owned by bona fide West Virginia residents to qualify as accredited.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
This Web site is maintained by the West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.  |  Terms of Use  |   Web Administrator   |   © 2014 West Virginia Legislature ****