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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT RELATIVE TO RACING DAYS

     Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to further regulate simulcasting, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience

     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.  (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in calendar year 2014, the harness horse racing meeting licensee located in Norfolk county may simulcast live races;  provided, that said licensee is licensed to and actually conducts at least 720 live races over the course of not less than 80 calendar days during the 2014 racing season with not fewer than 7 races completed on any of those 80 calendar days.
     (b)  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in calendar years 2014 and 2015 the running horse racing meeting licensee located in Suffolk county may simulcast live races provided that said licensee is licensed to and actually conducts at least 500 live races over the course of not less than 65 calendar days during each racing season with not fewer than 7 races completed on any of those 65 calendar days  or such other number of live races and racing days as may be approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in the interest of the health and safety of horses, riders and drivers.
     SECTION 2.  Subsection (a) of section 1 is hereby repealed.
     SECTION 3.  Subsection (b) of section 1 is hereby repealed.
     SECTION 4.  Section 2 shall take effect on January 1, 2015.
     SECTION 5.  Section 3 shall take effect on January 1, 2016

Approved, September 9, 2014.