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H. B. No. 277 As Reported by the House State Government and Elections CommitteeAs Reported by the House State Government and Elections Committee
|129th General Assembly|
Representatives Blessing, Gerberry
To permit a horse-racing permit holder who is
eligible to become a video lottery sales agent to
apply to the State Racing Commission to move its
track to another location.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. (A) Notwithstanding sections 3769.04 and 3769.13
of the Revised Code, for a period of two years after the effective
date of this section, a permit holder who is eligible to become a
video lottery sales agent may apply to the State Racing Commission
to move its track to another location using the following approval
(1) The permit holder shall submit, for the consideration of
the State Racing Commission in its determination on whether to
approve the transfer, its proposal to the State Racing Commission
and shall specify the location of the new track and the
incremental economic benefits the permit holder is willing to
provide to the state.
(2) The State Racing Commission shall approve or deny the
(3) The permit holder may apply to the State Lottery
Commission for a video lottery sales agent license at the new
(B) The State Racing Commission shall give preference to
transfer proposals involving moves to locations in which neither
horse-racing meetings nor casino gaming have been authorized
before July 1, 2011. A permit holder that is authorized to
transfer its track under this section and that is a video lottery
sales agent may operate at a temporary facility at its new
location while constructing or otherwise preparing its new track
at that location.
(C) The state may discuss and negotiate with parties
regarding the transferring of racing permits to new track
locations and may, in its discretion, enter into agreements
regarding the transfer of permits to new locations in advance of
the process set forth in this section.
(D) If a current permit holder cannot lawfully conduct video
lotteries at its existing track, the State Racing Commission shall
consider the permit holder's proposal to move its track to a new
location in the immediate vicinity where the conducting of video
lotteries is lawful.
(E) Chapter 2915. of the Revised Code does not apply to,
affect, or prohibit lotteries or video lotteries conducted under
this section and Chapter 3770. of the Revised Code.
(F) The State Racing Commission may promulgate rules to
effectuate this section and to establish fees for applicants under
(G) As used in this section:
(1) "Permit holder" means a person that has been authorized
by the State Racing Commission to conduct one or more horse-racing
meetings under Chapter 3769. of the Revised Code.
(2) "Track" means any place, track, or enclosure where a
permit holder conducts live horse racing for profit at a racing
meeting. "Track" includes facilities or premises contiguous or
adjacent to those places, tracks, or enclosures.
(3) "Video lottery sales agent" means a person who is a
permit holder and holds a current license issued by the State
Lottery Commission to assist the Commission in conducting video
lotteries through the use of video lottery terminals at a track.