H.P. 1078 - L.D. 1447
An Act to Protect Off-track Betting Facilities
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §271, sub-§8, as reallocated by RR 1997, c. 1, §6, is amended to read:
8. Term of license and race date assignment. Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, each license to conduct live racing or to engage in simulcast wagering, including by operating an off-track betting facility as defined in section 275-A and all awards of race dates issued or made by the commission, beginning with licenses issued and race dates awarded for 1998, may be for a 2-year period
; except, that if a commercial track does not use during the first year of any such 2-year license a race date that it was entitled to receive for both years pursuant to section 275-N, then the commission may hold a hearing prior to the 2nd year or the term of that racing license to determine whether the award of that race date for the second year of the term should be revoked.
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA §275-N, as amended by PL 1999, c. 568, §1, is further amended to read:
§275-N. Limitations on off-track betting facilities
The commission may not allow interstate simulcasting or license any off-track betting facility for any calendar year unless during the preceding 2 calendar
year years there were at least 150 race dates on which live racing actually was conducted at the commercial tracks. Interstate simulcasting always must be allowed at any commercial track that conducted at least 136 race dates during the immediately preceding 2 calendar year years or at an existing commercial track as defined in section 275-A, subsection 1, paragraph B at which at least 35 race dates were conducted during the immediately preceding year 2 years if the interstate simulcasting at the commercial track is conducted during the regular meeting. For the purposes of this section, any race date that the commission determines was canceled due to a natural or other disaster must be counted as a race date.
Effective September 21, 2001, unless otherwise indicated.
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