An Act To Improve Marketing Efficiency in the Harness Racing Industry by Requiring Its Promotion by the State Harness Racing Commission and by Repealing the Harness Racing Promotional Board
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §263-A, sub-§§6 and 7 are enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA §267, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2017, c. 231, §5, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 8 MRSA §285, as amended by PL 2003, c. 401, §17, is repealed.
Sec. 4. 8 MRSA §291, as enacted by PL 1997, c. 528, §46, is amended to read:
§ 291. Harness Racing Promotional Fund share
Amounts calculated as Harness Racing Promotional Fund share under section 286 must be paid to the Treasurer of State for deposit in the Harness Racing Promotional Fund for use as provided in section 285 299-A.
Sec. 5. 8 MRSA §299-A is enacted to read:
§ 299-A. Harness Racing Promotional Fund
Sec. 6. 8 MRSA §1037, first ¶, as amended by PL 2017, c. 231, §26, is further amended to read:
Beginning April 1, 2018 February 15, 2019 and annually thereafter, the executive director of the State Harness Racing Commission, in consultation with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, shall submit a report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over slot machines, harness racing, agricultural fairs and appropriations and financial affairs regarding the use of slot machine revenue deposited in funds under section 1036, subsection 2, paragraphs B, C, D, H and I. The executive director and the commissioner shall obtain the information as described in this section. The report required by this section must be completed using budgeted resources. The executive director may not distribute funds listed under section 1036, subsection 2, as applicable, to harness racing tracks, off-track betting facilities, agricultural fairs or the Sire Stakes Fund under section 281 until the information required to submit the report required by this section is provided. The report required by this section may be combined with the report required under section 267.
Sec. 7. Transfer. The State Controller shall transfer all unexpended balances of the Harness Racing Promotional Board to the Harness Racing Promotional Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 8, section 299-A no later than 30 days following the effective date of this Act.
Sec. 8. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY, DEPARTMENT OF
Harness Racing Commission 0320
Initiative: Provides an ongoing allocation to the Harness Racing Promotional Fund, which is being moved from the Harness Racing Promotional Board to the State Harness Racing Commission.
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS||2017-18||2018-19|
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL||$0||$50,000|