H. B. 2714
(By Delegates Love and Faircloth)
[Introduced January 10, 1996; referred to the
Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section fourteen, article
twenty-three, chapter nineteen of the code of West Virginia,
one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating
to disposition of permit fees, registration fees and fines
collected by the racing commission.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section fourteen, article twenty-three, chapter
nineteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as
ARTICLE 23. HORSE AND DOG RACING.
§19-23-14. Disposition of permit fees, registration fees and
(a) All permit fees, fees paid for the registration of
colors or assumed names and fines imposed by the stewards,
starters or other racing officials shall be paid into a relief
fund and paid out on the order of the racing commission for
insurance to indemnify the jockeys for medical expenses they incur due to injuries sustained as a permit holder while in the
discharge of his or her duties under the jurisdiction of the
(b) When the moneys collected under subsection (a) will more
than satisfy the requirements of subsection (a), the racing
commission may expend any excess moneys for hospitalization,
medical care and funeral expenses occasioned by injuries or death
resulting from an accident sustained by any permit holder while
in the discharge of his or her duties under the jurisdiction of
the racing commission. No payment shall be made, however, for
any hospitalization, medical care or funeral expenses as to any
permit holder who is covered under the workers' compensation fund
of this state, or any insurance policy providing payments for
hospitalization, medical care or funeral expenses.
(c) Any balance in said relief fund at any time in excess of
five thousand dollars, less any amounts necessary to satisfy the
requirements under subsection (a) and any relief obligations then
outstanding under subsection (b), shall thereupon be transferred
by the racing commission to the state treasurer for deposit to
the credit of the general revenue fund of this state.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize the Racing
Commission to purchase insurance to indemnify jockeys for medical
expenses they incur due to injuries resulting from an accident
sustained by the jockey in the course of performing his or her
duties under the jurisdiction of the Racing Commission.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.