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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 937        FILED ON: 1/13/2009

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 145

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Thomas P. Kennedy

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to state and county fairs.

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PETITI ON OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Thomas P. Kennedy

Second Plymouth and Bristol

Michael Brady

9th Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Geraldine Creedon

11th Plymouth


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand and Nine

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An Act relative to state and county fairs.


 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.

Chapter 128C of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the first and second paragraphs of Section 2A in their entirety and inserting in place thereof the following language;

The total number of days of simulcast at the state or county fair, whi ch is licensed for live running horse racing meetings, shall not exceed the licensee's racing season.   The licensee in Plymouth county shall simulcast its live racing performances to the greyhound racing meeting licensee located in Bristol county, the grey hound racing meeting licensee located in Suffolk county, the running horse racing meeting licensee located in Suffolk county, and the harness horse racing meeting licensee located in Norfolk county and receive a fee therefor of 11 per cent; the simulcast s hall not be considered a live in-state racing performance £01- purposes o£ the sixth paragraph of section 2.

Notwithstanding section 2, a running horse racing meeting licensee, excluding the licensees in Plymouth county and Berkshire county, which is cond ucting running horse racing meetings in connection with a state or county fair, may, with the permission of the commission, and following a demonstration by said licensee of its ability to complete no less than 50 per cent: of the live races performances a pproved by the commission, simulcast unlimited thoroughbred horse races and the intrastate live races of the racing meeting licensees in the commonwealth on any day if such simulcast is conducted in connection with a state or county fair/ for wagering purp oses or otherwise, from pari-mutuel wagering facilities located within the commonwealth except in Berkshire county; but, if the commission determines that a licensee cannot conduct 50 per cent of live racing performances due to weather conditions, race tra ck conditions, strikes, work stoppages, sickness or quarantine not within the control of the licensee, the commission may permit the licensee to continue simulcasting on that day despite the stoppage of the performances for said reasons. The total number o f days of simulcast at the state or county fair, which is licensed by the commission for live running horse racing meetings, shall not exceed the total number of days of the licensee's racing season.   The licensee shall simulcast its live racing performanc es to the greyhound facing meeting licensee located in Bristol county/ the greyhound racing meeting licensee located in Suffolk county, the running horse racing meeting licensee located in Suffolk county, and the harness horse racing meeting licensee locat ed in Norfolk county and receive a fee therefor of 11 per cent/ provided/ however-/ that said simulcast shall not be considered a live-in state racing performance for purposes of the sixth paragraph of section 2.

following new section:—   Chapter 128C of t he General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the third paragraph of Section 2A in its entirety.

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