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          Bill No:  AB 2792
          Author:   Assembly Governmental Organization Committee
          Amended:  As introduced
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE GOVERNMENTAL ORG. COMMITTEE  :  8-0, 6/29/10
          AYES:  Wright, Harman, Calderon, Florez, Negrete McLeod,  
            Padilla, Price, Yee
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Denham, Oropeza, Wyland
           
          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  62-0, 5/28/10 - See last page for vote


           SUBJECT  :    Horse racing law intent:  licenses

           SOURCE  :     Author


           DIGEST  :    This bill provides technical clean-up to Horse  
          Racing Law to ensure the law reflects changes made through  
          the enactment of SB 16XX (Ashburn), Chapter 12, Statutes of  
          2009-10, Second Extraordinary Session.

           ANALYSIS  :    Article IV, Section 19(b) of the California  
          Constitution provides that the Legislature may provide for  
          the regulation of horse races and horse race meetings and  
          wagering on the results.

          Existing law provides that the intent of California's Horse  
          Racing Law is to allow parimutuel wagering on horse racing  
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          while:

          1. Assuring protection of the public.

          2. Encouraging agriculture and the breeding of horses in  
             this state.

          3. Supporting the network of California fairs.

          4. Providing for maximum expansion of horse racing  
             opportunities in the public interest.

          5. Providing uniformity of regulation for each type of  
             horse racing.

          Existing law requires all licenses granted under the Horse  
          Racing Law to, among other things, contain such conditions  
          as are deemed necessary or desirable by the California  
          Horse Racing Board for the purposes of the Horse Racing  
          Law.

           Background
           
          California voters passed a constitutional amendment, in  
          1933, authorizing parimutuel wagering on horse racing.  The  
          commitment to use a percentage of the wagers to establish a  
          continuous funding source for the fairs, while at the same  
          time, relieving the state's General Fund of the funding  
          burden became socially and politically palatable in 1933 as  
          the country began to recover from the Great Depression. 

          For more than 75 years, this relationship existed between  
          horse racing and the fairs until the enactment of SB 16XX,  
          which authorizes the appropriation of $32 million a year  
          from the state's General Fund in support of the fairs and  
          relieves the horse racing industry of its obligation to  
          fund the fairs from license fees assessed on horse racing  
          wagers.  This bill modifies the stated policy purpose of  
          the Horse Racing Law to reflect the changes brought about  
          by SB 16XX.  

           Prior/Related Legislation

           SB 16XX (Ashburn), Chapter 12, Statutes of 2009-10, Second  







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          Extraordinary Session, among other things, provided that  
          beginning on July 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, $32  
          million shall be appropriated from the state's General Fund  
          and paid into the Fair and Exposition Fund for the  
          financial support of the network of California fairs.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Block,  
            Blumenfield, Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero,  
            Charles Calderon, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, DeVore,  
            Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Gaines,  
            Galgiani, Garrick, Gilmore, Hagman, Harkey, Hayashi,  
            Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jones, Knight, Lieu,  
            Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Miller, Monning,  
            Nava, Nestande, Niello, Nielsen, Norby, V. Manuel Perez,  
            Portantino, Ruskin, Saldana, Skinner, Solorio, Swanson,  
            Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Tran, Villines, Yamada, John  
            A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bass, Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill,  
            Blakeslee, Carter, Chesbro, De La Torre, De Leon,  
            Emmerson, Eng, Furutani, Hall, Jeffries, Salas, Silva,  
            Smyth, Audra Strickland, Vacancy


          TSM:mw  8/4/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

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