Chapter 3769: HORSE RACING

3769.01 Horse-racing permit required.

No person, association, corporation, or trust shall hold, conduct, assist, or aid and abet in holding or conducting any meetings, at which horse racing is permitted for any stake, purse, or award unless such person, association, corporation, or trust secures a permit to conduct a horse-racing meeting and complies with sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code.

Such sections shall apply only to the racing of horses and do not prevent the use of any grounds, enclosure, or race track, whether or not owned or controlled by a permit holder, for any county or state fair, agricultural or livestock exhibition, horse show, or any horse racing where the pari-mutuel system of wagering upon the result of such horse racing is not permitted or allowed. This section does not permit the pari-mutuel method of wagering upon any race track unless a permit is secured as provided in sections 3769.04 to 3769.06 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-30-1975

3769.02 State racing commission.

A state racing commission is hereby established. It shall consist of five members, appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. Not more than three members shall be affiliated with the same political party. To be eligible for appointment, a person shall be a qualified elector of the state and a resident of the state for not less than five years immediately preceding appointment. No person shall be appointed to the commission, nor be an employee of the commission, nor officiate at pari-mutuel meetings conducted in this state who is licensed or regulated, directly or indirectly, by the commission other than for the position to which the person is appointed, nor shall the person have any legal or beneficial interest, direct or indirect, pecuniary or otherwise, in any firm, association, or corporation that is so licensed or regulated or that participates in pari-mutuel meetings in any manner, nor shall the person participate in pari-mutuel meetings in any manner other than in the person's official capacity.

Terms of office shall be for four years, commencing on the first day of April and ending on the thirty-first day of March. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which appointed. Vacancies shall be filled by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. No vacancy on the commission shall impair the power and authority of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of the commission. One of the members of the commission shall be named by the governor as chairperson of the commission at the time of making the appointment of any member for a full term.

The chairperson and the associate commissioners shall receive a salary fixed pursuant to Chapter 124. of the Revised Code. When on commission business and for attending commission meetings, the commissioners shall be allowed actual and necessary traveling expenses. The salaries and expenses shall be paid out of the state racing commission operating fund created by section 3769.03 of the Revised Code.

Each commissioner, before entering upon the discharge of the official duties of commissioner, shall give a bond, payable to the treasurer of state, in the sum of ten thousand dollars with sufficient sureties to be approved by the director of administrative services, which bond shall be filed with the secretary of state.

The governor may remove any member for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office, giving the member a copy of the charges against the member and affording the member an opportunity to be publicly heard in person or by counsel in the member's own defense upon not less than ten days' notice. If the member is removed, the governor shall file in the office of the secretary of state a complete statement of all charges made against the member and the governor's finding on the charges, together with a complete report of the proceedings, and the governor's decision on the charges is final.

The principal office of the commission shall be located in Franklin county.

Effective Date: 09-24-1999

3769.021 Commission secretary - salary - duties.

The state racing commission shall appoint a secretary, who shall serve during the pleasure of the commission. The secretary shall devote full time to the duties of the office and shall not hold any other office or employment. To be eligible for appointment as secretary, a person shall meet the qualifications required of a commissioner under section 3769.02 of the Revised Code, except that the secretary shall be a qualified elector and resident of the state and does not need to additionally satisfy the qualification of a commissioner to be a resident of this state for not less than five years immediately preceding appointment. The secretary is subject to the restrictions applying to a commissioner under that section.

The secretary shall be paid a salary fixed pursuant to section 124.14 of the Revised Code and shall be allowed actual and necessary traveling expenses when on commission business. The salary and expenses shall be paid out of the state racing commission operating fund created by section 3769.03 of the Revised Code.

The secretary shall attend all meetings of the commission. The secretary shall keep a complete record of its proceedings and preserve, at its general office, all books, maps, documents, and papers entrusted to its care.

The secretary shall be the executive officer of the commission and be responsible for keeping all commission records and the carrying out of the rules and orders of the commission. The secretary shall perform any other duties the commission prescribes.

Effective Date: 06-29-2004

3769.03 Rules and conditions - licenses - operating fund - report to governor.

The state racing commission shall prescribe the rules and conditions under which horse racing may be conducted and may issue, deny, suspend, diminish, or revoke permits to conduct horse racing as authorized by sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code. The commission may impose, in addition to any other penalty imposed by the commission, fines in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars on any permit holder or any other person who violates the rules or orders of the commission. The commission may prescribe the forms of wagering that are permissible, the number of races, the procedures on wagering, and the wagering information to be provided to the public.

The commission may require totalizator equipment to display the amount of wagering in each wagering pool. The commission shall initiate safeguards as necessary to account for the amount of money wagered at each track in each wagering pool. It may require permit holders to install equipment that will provide a complete check and analysis of the functioning of any computers and require safeguards on their performance. The commission shall require all permit holders, except those holding state fair, county fair, or other fair permits, to provide a photographic recording, approved by the commission, of the entire running of all races conducted by the permit holder.

The state racing commission may issue, deny, suspend, or revoke licenses to those persons engaged in racing and to those employees of permit holders as is in the public interest for the purpose of maintaining a proper control over horse-racing meetings. The commission, as is in the public interest for the purpose of maintaining proper control over horse-racing meetings, also may rule any person off a permit holder's premises. License fees shall include registration fees and shall be set by the commission. Each license issued by the commission, unless revoked for cause, shall be for the period of one year from the first day of January of the year in which it is issued, except as otherwise provided in section 3769.07 of the Revised Code. Applicants for licenses issued by the commission shall submit their fingerprints to the commission, and the commission may forward the fingerprints to the federal bureau of investigation or to any other agency, or to both, for examination.

There is hereby created in the state treasury the state racing commission operating fund. All license fees established and collected by the commission pursuant to this section, and the amounts specified in divisions (B) and (C) of section 3769.08 and division (A)(6) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code, shall be paid into the state treasury to the credit of the fund. Moneys in the fund shall be expended by the commission to defray its operating costs, salaries and expenses, and the cost of administering and enforcing this chapter.

The commission may deny a permit to any permit holder that has defaulted in payments to the public, employees, or the horsemen and may deny a permit to any successor purchaser of a track for as long as any of those defaults have not been satisfied by either the seller or purchaser.

The commission shall deny a permit to any permit holder that has defaulted in payments to the state or has defaulted in payments required under section 3769.089 or 3769.0810 of the Revised Code and shall deny a permit to any successor purchaser of a track for as long as those defaults have not been satisfied by either the seller or purchaser.

Any violation of this chapter, of any rule of racing adopted by the commission, or of any law or rule with respect to racing in any jurisdiction shall be sufficient reason for a refusal to issue a license, or a suspension or revocation of any license issued, pursuant to this section.

With respect to the issuance, denial, suspension, or revocation of a license to a participant in horse racing, the action of the commission shall be subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

The commission may sue and be sued in its own name. Any action against the commission shall be brought in the court of common pleas of Franklin county. Any appeal from a determination or decision of the commission rendered in the exercise of its powers and duties under this chapter shall be brought in the court of common pleas of Franklin county.

The commission, biennially, shall make a full report to the governor of its proceedings for the two-year period ending with the thirty-first day of December preceding the convening of the general assembly and shall include its recommendations in the report. The commission, semiannually, on the thirtieth day of June and on the thirty-first day of December of each year, shall make a report and accounting to the governor.

Effective Date: 09-24-1999

3769.04 Application for permit.

Any person, association, corporation, or trust desiring to hold or conduct a horse-racing meeting, wherein the pari-mutuel system of wagering is allowed, shall make application to the state racing commission for a permit to do so. Each application, accompanied by a permit fee of ten dollars and a cash bond, certified check, or bank draft, shall be filed with the commission at least five days prior to the first day of each horse-racing meeting that the person, association, corporation, or trust proposes to hold or conduct. The application, if made by an individual, shall be signed and verified under oath by the individual and, if made by individuals or a partnership, shall be signed and verified under oath by one of the individuals or a member of the partnership. If made by an association, trust, or corporation, the application shall be signed by its president or vice-president and attested by the secretary or assistant secretary under the seal of the association, trust, or corporation, if it has a seal, and shall also be verified under oath by one of the officers signing the application. The commission shall prescribe forms to be used in making the application. The application shall specify the name of the person, association, trust, or corporation making such application, the post-office address of the applicant (if a corporation, the name of the state of its incorporation), the dates on which the applicant intends to conduct or hold such horse-racing meeting, which dates shall be successive days, including Sundays unless otherwise requested by the applicant and authorized by the commission, the hours of each racing day during which the applicant intends to hold or conduct horse racing at such meeting, which shall be during the hours specified pursuant to section 3769.07 of the Revised Code, the location of the place, track, or enclosure where it is proposed to hold or conduct such horse-racing meeting, and such further information as the commission prescribes.

If the application requests a permit for a horse-racing meet at a location at which such a meet has not previously been conducted by permission of the commission, then, in addition to the other requirements for the application, there shall accompany the application a petition signed by at least fifty-one per cent of the qualified electors voting for governor at the most recent general election in the townships in which the racing meet is proposed to be conducted, together with a certificate of the board of elections of the counties in which such townships are situated that the signatures on the petition are valid and comply with this section. No petition or certificate shall be required for a transfer made under section 3769.13 of the Revised Code if the transfer is to a county in which racing has previously been conducted pursuant to a permit issued under section 3769.06 of the Revised Code.

Such petition shall be in the following form:

"We, the undersigned, electors of ........ township, ......... county, Ohio request the granting of the application of .......... for a horse-racing meet to be conducted in whole or in part in ....... township, ...... county, Ohio in the year ....

Name Address Voting Precinct Township

..............................................................................

Such petition shall be sworn to in the manner provided in section 3513.27 of the Revised Code. This section does not apply to small horse-racing meets or horse shows which are not required to secure permits under section 3769.01 of the Revised Code, nor shall this section, other than the first paragraph, apply to county fair horse-racing meets.

Effective Date: 05-09-2000

3769.041 Confidential information.

(A) Any information concerning the following that is submitted, collected, or gathered as part of an application to the state racing commission for a license or permit under this chapter is confidential and not subject to disclosure by a state agency or political subdivision as a public record under section 149.43 of the Revised Code:

(1) A minor child of an applicant;

(2) The social security number, passport number, or federal tax identification number of an applicant or of the spouse of an applicant;

(3) The home address and telephone number of an applicant or of the spouse or dependent of an applicant;

(4) An applicant's birth certificate;

(5) The driver's license number of an applicant or of the applicant's spouse;

(6) The name or address of a previous spouse of the applicant;

(7) The date of birth of the applicant and of the spouse of an applicant;

(8) The place of birth of the applicant and of the spouse of an applicant;

(9) The personal financial information and records of an applicant or of an employee or the spouse or dependent of an applicant, including tax returns and information, and records of criminal proceedings;

(10) Any information concerning a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking;

(11) The electronic mail address of the spouse or family member of the applicant;

(12) Any trade secret, medical records, and patents or exclusive licenses;

(13) Security information, including risk prevention plans, detection and countermeasures, location of count rooms or other money storage areas, emergency management plans, security and surveillance plans, equipment and usage protocols, and theft and fraud prevention plans and countermeasures;

(14) Information provided in a multijurisdictional personal history disclosure form, including the Ohio supplement, exhibits, attachments, and updates.

(B) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, upon written request from a person, the commission shall provide the following information to the person, except as provided in this chapter:

(1) The information provided under this chapter concerning a licensee, permit holder, or an applicant;

(2) A copy of a letter providing the reasons for the denial of an applicant's license or permit and a copy of a letter providing the reasons for the commission's refusal to allow an applicant to withdraw the applicant's application, but with confidential information redacted if that information is the reason for the denial or refusal to withdraw.

(C) The individual's name, the individual's place of employment, the individual's job title, and the individual's gaming experience that is provided for an individual who holds, held, or has applied for a license or permit under this chapter is not confidential. The reason for denial or revocation of a license or permit or for disciplinary action against the individual is not confidential. The cover sheet completed by an applicant for a key employee license is not confidential.

(D) A person who holds, held, or has applied for a license or permit under this chapter may waive the confidentiality requirements of division (A) of this section.

(E) Confidential information received by the commission from another jurisdiction relating to a person who holds, held, or has applied for a license or permit under this chapter is confidential and not subject to disclosure as a public record under section 149.43 of the Revised Code. The commission may share the information referenced in this division with, or disclose the information to, the inspector general, any appropriate prosecuting authority, any law enforcement agency, or any other appropriate governmental or licensing agency, if the agency that receives the information complies with the same requirements regarding confidentiality as those with which the commission must comply.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.126, HB 386, §1, eff. 6/11/2012.

3769.05 Deposit to be made - refund.

At the time of making application for a permit to conduct a horse-racing meeting, the applicant shall deposit with the state racing commission a cash bond, certified check, or bank draft, payable to the order of the commission, in an amount equal to one hundred dollars for each day petitioned for in said application. At the close of the last day of the horse-racing meeting, for which a permit is issued, as provided for in section 3769.06 of the Revised Code, the commission shall refund to such permit holder the sum of one hundred dollars for each racing day the permit holder paid to the state tax commissioner the tax due for said day, as provided for and at the rate stipulated in section 3769.08 of the Revised Code. In harness horse-racing meetings, if any full day's racing is declared off by the judges because of inclement weather or a muddy track, the commission shall refund to the permit holders the sum of one hundred dollars of their deposit for each such day.

Effective Date: 07-13-1981

3769.06 Issuance of permit - suspension - revocation.

Upon the proper filing of an application to conduct a horse-racing meeting accompanied by a permit fee and a cash bond, certified check, or bank draft by any person, association, trust, or corporation, not in default of payment of any obligation or debt due to the state under sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code, the state racing commission may issue a permit to such applicant to hold or conduct a horse-racing meeting. Such permit shall specify:

(A) The person, association, trust, or corporation to whom the same is issued;

(B) The days upon which such horse-racing meeting is to be held or conducted;

(C) The hours of such days between which live racing programs will be permitted;

(D) The location of the place, track, or enclosure where such horse-racing meeting is to be held or conducted. Such permit shall receipt the payment of the permit fee and deposit of the cash bond, certified check, or bank draft, by the applicant. Every permit shall contain a condition that all horse races or racing meetings, conducted thereunder, shall be subject to the rules and conditions prescribed and promulgated by the commission. The commission may refuse to award days or to issue a permit to any applicant if a permit previously issued to said applicant has been revoked under the authority of such sections. Such permit may be suspended, diminished, or revoked by the commission for any violation of such sections or of any rule of the commission. The commission shall immediately enter upon its record of proceedings a memorandum of its action in such suspension, diminution, or revocation and its reasons therefor. Such permit shall be nontransferable and shall apply only to the place, track, or enclosure specified in the permit, except as provided in section 3769.13 of the Revised Code.

Each permit issued under this section to hold or conduct a horse-racing meeting shall be issued for one year from the first day of January of the year for which it is issued. The holder of such permit shall be entitled to renewal of the permit upon application to the commission for a renewal, and the commission shall renew the permit unless the commission rejects the application for good cause, according to the procedures of Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

3769.07 Permit restrictions - display of permit.

Except as otherwise provided in this section, no permit shall be issued under sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code, authorizing the conduct of a live racing program for thoroughbred horses and quarter horses at any place, track, or enclosure except between the hours of twelve noon and seven p.m., for running horse-racing meetings, except that on special events days running horse-racing meetings may begin at nine a.m. by application to the state racing commission and except that the seven p.m. time may be extended to eight p.m. on a Sunday or holiday by application to the commission, and no permit shall be issued under those sections authorizing the conduct of a live racing program for harness horses at any place, track, or enclosure except between the hours of twelve noon and twelve midnight for light harness horse-racing meetings. The seven p.m. and eight p.m. closing times described in this section shall upon application to the commission be extended to nine p.m. for any running horse-racing meeting conducted between the fifteenth day of May and the fifteenth day of September at a track that is located more than twenty-five miles from a track located in this state where a light harness horse-racing meeting, other than a light harness horse-racing meeting at a county fair or independent fair, is being conducted and that is located less than twenty-five miles from a track located outside this state. A permit issued for horse racing at a county fair shall authorize live horse racing to begin at nine a.m.

No permit shall be granted for the holding or conducting of a horse-racing meeting after the tenth day of December in any calendar year, except for racing at winterized tracks. "Winterized track" means a track with enclosed club house or grandstand, all-weather racing track, heated facilities for jockeys or drivers, backstretch facilities that are properly prepared for winter racing, and adequate snow removal equipment available.

No permit shall be issued for more than an aggregate of fifty-six racing days in any one calendar year, except that an additional five days of racing may be approved by the commission upon application by a permit holder and except that an additional thirty days of racing may be granted for racing at any time after the fifteenth day of October and prior to the fifteenth day of March to a permit holder who has a winterized facility, but no more than thirty such additional days may be issued at any one track or enclosure. No more than an aggregate of fifty-six racing days shall be issued in any one calendar year for any one race track, place, or enclosure, except for the additional five days of racing for each permit holder which may be approved by the commission pursuant to this section, except as provided in sections 3769.071 and 3769.13 of the Revised Code, except for racing days granted as a result of a winterized facility, and except that the commission may issue a second permit for a maximum of fifty-six racing days for any one track, place, or enclosure, if the commission determines that the issuance of such second permit is not against the public interest. No such second permit shall be issued:

(A) For the operation of racing in any county with a population of less than seven hundred thousand or for the operation of racing in any county which has more than one race track at which a racing meet has been authorized, except as provided in this division and in sections 3769.071 and 3769.13 of the Revised Code, in the same year by the commission. A second permit issued pursuant to this division may be issued at either or both race tracks in a county that has only two race tracks if a racing meet has been authorized at both race tracks in the same year by the commission and one race track has been authorized to conduct thoroughbred racing meets and the other race track has been authorized to conduct harness racing meets. When such second permit is issued pursuant to this division for racing at the one race track, racing shall not be conducted at that race track on the same day that racing is conducted at the other race track in the county except by mutual agreement of the two race tracks.

(B) To any corporation having one or more shareholders owning an interest in any other permit issued by the commission for the operation of racing, in the same year, at any other race track, place, or enclosure in this state;

(C) To any person, association, or trust which owns, or which has any members owning, an interest in any other permit issued by the commission for the operation of racing, in the same year, at any other race track, place, or enclosure in this state.

No permit shall be issued so as to permit live racing programs on the same hour at more than one track in one county or on tracks in operation in 1975 within fifty miles of each other, nor shall any other form of pari-mutuel wagering other than horse racing be permitted within seventy-five miles of a track where horse racing is being conducted, except that this provision shall not apply to a horse-racing meeting held at the state fair or at a fair conducted by a county agricultural society or at a fair conducted by an independent agricultural society.Distribution of days shall not apply to fairs or horse shows not required to secure a permit under such section. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a person, association, trust, or corporation may own or operate two separate facilities in this state that are conducting horse-racing meetings.

A permit, granted under sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code, shall be conspicuously displayed during the horse-racing meeting in the principal office at such race track and at all reasonable times shall be exhibited to any authorized person requesting to see the same.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996; 2007 HB177 10-25-2007

3769.071 Quarter horse racing.

In addition to any permit authorized to be issued by this chapter, the state racing commission may issue not more than three permits for not more than fourteen consecutive racing days each at any race track, place, or enclosure. Not more than two permits shall be issued for quarter horse racing in one county. All racing under any permit issued pursuant to this section shall be limited to quarter horse racing only. This chapter applies to quarter horse racing, which shall be classified for this purpose the same as running horse racing. The minimum purse shall be five hundred dollars.

Effective Date: 03-29-1988

3769.072 Granting additional permits where another track or enclosure is located within twenty miles or in same county.

The commission shall grant to any track or enclosure that has fewer permits or total racing days available to it than another track or enclosure located within twenty miles a number of permits so that the total number of racing days available to both tracks or enclosures is equal. The state racing commission shall issue one additional permit for not more than sixty-one days to a permit holder issued a racing permit under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code, if, on the effective date of this section, such permit holder conducts racing at a track that is located within the same county as, or is located within twenty miles of, another track for which three or more permits have previously been issued by the commission under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code. If one of the three permits is for racing at a winterized facility, the new permit issued under this section shall be for thirty days. Further, in addition to any permit authorized to be issued by this chapter, the commission shall issue not more than two additional permits for not more than fourteen days each to a permit holder issued a racing permit under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code, if, on the effective date of this section, such permit holder conducts racing at a track that is located within the same county as another track for which permits have previously been issued by the commission under section 3769.071 of the Revised Code. Permit holders receiving permits issued by the commission under this section may, but need not, conduct live racing programs under such a permit, subject to commission approval, but the number of racing days authorized by the permit shall be considered to be permit days for the purpose of section 3769.0810 of the Revised Code, whether or not live racing programs are conducted under that permit.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

3769.08 Pari-mutuel system of wagering.

(A) Any person holding a permit to conduct a horse-racing meeting may provide a place in the race meeting grounds or enclosure at which the permit holder may conduct and supervise the pari-mutuel system of wagering by patrons of legal age on the live racing programs and simulcast racing programs conducted by the permit holder.

The pari-mutuel method of wagering upon the live racing programs and simulcast racing programs held at or conducted within such race track, and at the time of such horse-racing meeting, or at other times authorized by the state racing commission, shall not be unlawful. No other place, except that provided and designated by the permit holder and except as provided in section 3769.26 of the Revised Code, nor any other method or system of betting or wagering on live racing programs and simulcast racing programs, except the pari-mutuel system, shall be used or permitted by the permit holder; nor, except as provided in section 3769.089 or 3769.26 of the Revised Code, shall the pari-mutuel system of wagering be conducted by the permit holder on any races except the races at the race track, grounds, or enclosure for which the person holds a permit. Each permit holder may retain as a commission an amount not to exceed eighteen per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on live racing programs and simulcast racing programs.

The pari-mutuel wagering authorized by this section is subject to sections 3769.25 to 3769.28 of the Revised Code.

(B) At the close of each racing day, each permit holder authorized to conduct thoroughbred racing, out of the amount retained on that day by the permit holder, shall pay in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax, a sum equal to the following percentages of the total of all moneys wagered on live racing programs on that day and shall separately compute and pay in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax, a sum equal to the following percentages of the total of all money wagered on simulcast racing programs on that day:

(1) One per cent of the first two hundred thousand dollars wagered, or any part of that amount;

(2) Two per cent of the next one hundred thousand dollars wagered, or any part of that amount;

(3) Three per cent of the next one hundred thousand dollars wagered, or any part of that amount;

(4) Four per cent of all sums over four hundred thousand dollars wagered.

Except as otherwise provided in section 3769.089 of the Revised Code, each permit holder authorized to conduct thoroughbred racing shall use for purse money a sum equal to fifty per cent of the pari-mutuel revenues retained by the permit holder as a commission after payment of the state tax. This fifty per cent payment shall be in addition to the purse distribution from breakage specified in this section.

[Effective 9/29/2013]Subject to division (M) of this section, from the moneys paid to the tax commissioner by thoroughbred racing permit holders, one-half of one per cent of the total of all moneys so wagered on a racing day shall be paid into the Ohio fairs fund created by section 3769.082 of the Revised Code, one and one-eighth per cent of the total of all moneys so wagered on a racing day shall be paid into the Ohio thoroughbred race fund created by section 3769.083 of the Revised Code, and one-quarter of one per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on a racing day by each permit holder shall be paid into the state racing commission operating fund created by section 3769.03 of the Revised Code. The required payment to the state racing commission operating fund does not apply to county and independent fairs and agricultural societies. The remaining moneys may be retained by the permit holder, except as provided in this section with respect to the odd cents redistribution. Amounts paid into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund pursuant to this section and section 3769.26 of the Revised Code shall be used solely for the support of the PASSPORT program as determined in appropriations made by the general assembly. If the PASSPORT program is abolished, the amount that would have been paid to the nursing home franchise permit fee fund under this chapter shall be paid to the general revenue fund of the state. As used in this chapter, "PASSPORT program" has the same meaning as in section 173.51 of the Revised Code.

The total amount paid to the Ohio thoroughbred race fund under this section and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code shall not exceed by more than six per cent the total amount paid to this fund under this section and division (A) of that section during the immediately preceding calendar year.

Each year, the total amount calculated for payment into the Ohio fairs fund under this division, division (C) of this section, and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code shall be an amount calculated using the percentages specified in this division, division (C) of this section, and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code.

A permit holder may contract with a thoroughbred horsemen's organization for the organization to act as a representative of all thoroughbred owners and trainers participating in a horse-racing meeting conducted by the permit holder. A "thoroughbred horsemen's organization" is any corporation or association that represents, through membership or otherwise, more than one-half of the aggregate of all thoroughbred owners and trainers who were licensed and actively participated in racing within this state during the preceding calendar year. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, any moneys received by a thoroughbred horsemen's organization shall be used exclusively for the benefit of thoroughbred owners and trainers racing in this state through the administrative purposes of the organization, benevolent activities on behalf of the horsemen, promotion of the horsemen's rights and interests, and promotion of equine research. A thoroughbred horsemen's organization may expend not more than an aggregate of five per cent of its annual gross receipts, or a larger amount as approved by the organization, for dues, assessments, and other payments to all other local, national, or international organizations having as their primary purposes the promotion of thoroughbred horse racing, thoroughbred horsemen's rights, and equine research.

(C) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, at the close of each racing day, each permit holder authorized to conduct harness or quarter horse racing, out of the amount retained that day by the permit holder, shall pay in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax, a sum equal to the following percentages of the total of all moneys wagered on live racing programs and shall separately compute and pay in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax, a sum equal to the following percentages of the total of all money wagered on simulcast racing programs on that day:

(1) One per cent of the first two hundred thousand dollars wagered, or any part of that amount;

(2) Two per cent of the next one hundred thousand dollars wagered, or any part of that amount;

(3) Three per cent of the next one hundred thousand dollars wagered, or any part of that amount;

(4) Four per cent of all sums over four hundred thousand dollars wagered.

Except as otherwise provided in division (B) and subject to division (M) of this section, from the moneys paid to the tax commissioner by permit holders authorized to conduct harness or quarter horse racing, one-half of one per cent of all moneys wagered on that racing day shall be paid into the Ohio fairs fund; from the moneys paid to the tax commissioner by permit holders authorized to conduct harness racing, five-eighths of one per cent of all moneys wagered on that racing day shall be paid into the Ohio standardbred development fund; and from the moneys paid to the tax commissioner by permit holders authorized to conduct quarter horse racing, five-eighths of one per cent of all moneys wagered on that racing day shall be paid into the Ohio quarter horse development fund.

(D) In addition, subject to division (M) of this section, beginning on January 1, 1996, from the money paid to the tax commissioner as a tax under this section and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code by harness horse permit holders, one-half of one per cent of the amount wagered on a racing day shall be paid into the Ohio standardbred development fund. Beginning January 1, 1998, the payment to the Ohio standardbred development fund required under this division does not apply to county agricultural societies or independent agricultural societies.

The total amount paid to the Ohio standardbred development fund under this division, division (C) of this section, and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code and the total amount paid to the Ohio quarter horse development fund under this division and division (A) of that section shall not exceed by more than six per cent the total amount paid into the fund under this division, division (C) of this section, and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code in the immediately preceding calendar year.

(E) Subject to division (M) of this section, from the money paid as a tax under this chapter by harness and quarter horse permit holders, one-quarter of one per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on a racing day by each permit holder shall be paid into the state racing commission operating fund created by section 3769.03 of the Revised Code. This division does not apply to county and independent fairs and agricultural societies.

(F) Except as otherwise provided in section 3769.089 of the Revised Code, each permit holder authorized to conduct harness racing shall pay to the harness horsemen's purse pool a sum equal to fifty per cent of the pari-mutuel revenues retained by the permit holder as a commission after payment of the state tax. This fifty per cent payment is to be in addition to the purse distribution from breakage specified in this section.

(G) In addition, each permit holder authorized to conduct harness racing shall be allowed to retain the odd cents of all redistribution to be made on all mutual contributions exceeding a sum equal to the next lowest multiple of ten.

Forty per cent of that portion of that total sum of such odd cents shall be used by the permit holder for purse money for Ohio sired, bred, and owned colts, for purse money for Ohio bred horses, and for increased purse money for horse races. Upon the formation of the corporation described in section 3769.21 of the Revised Code to establish a harness horsemen's health and retirement fund, twenty-five per cent of that portion of that total sum of odd cents shall be paid at the close of each racing day by the permit holder to that corporation to establish and fund the health and retirement fund. Until that corporation is formed, that twenty-five per cent shall be paid at the close of each racing day by the permit holder to the tax commissioner or the tax commissioner's agent in the county seat of the county in which the permit holder operates race meetings. The remaining thirty-five per cent of that portion of that total sum of odd cents shall be retained by the permit holder.

(H) In addition, each permit holder authorized to conduct thoroughbred racing shall be allowed to retain the odd cents of all redistribution to be made on all mutuel contributions exceeding a sum equal to the next lowest multiple of ten. Twenty per cent of that portion of that total sum of such odd cents shall be used by the permit holder for increased purse money for horse races. Upon the formation of the corporation described in section 3769.21 of the Revised Code to establish a thoroughbred horsemen's health and retirement fund, forty-five per cent of that portion of that total sum of odd cents shall be paid at the close of each racing day by the permit holder to that corporation to establish and fund the health and retirement fund. Until that corporation is formed, that forty-five per cent shall be paid by the permit holder to the tax commissioner or the tax commissioner's agent in the county seat of the county in which the permit holder operates race meetings, at the close of each racing day. The remaining thirty-five per cent of that portion of that total sum of odd cents shall be retained by the permit holder.

(I) In addition, each permit holder authorized to conduct quarter horse racing shall be allowed to retain the odd cents of all redistribution to be made on all mutuel contributions exceeding a sum equal to the next lowest multiple of ten, subject to a tax of twenty-five per cent on that portion of the total sum of such odd cents that is in excess of two thousand dollars during a calendar year, which tax shall be paid at the close of each racing day by the permit holder to the tax commissioner or the tax commissioner's agent in the county seat of the county within which the permit holder operates race meetings. Forty per cent of that portion of that total sum of such odd cents shall be used by the permit holder for increased purse money for horse races. The remaining thirty-five per cent of that portion of that total sum of odd cents shall be retained by the permit holder.

(J)

(1) To encourage the improvement of racing facilities for the benefit of the public, breeders, and horse owners, and to increase the revenue to the state from the increase in pari-mutuel wagering resulting from those improvements, the taxes paid by a permit holder to the state as provided for in this chapter shall be reduced by three-fourths of one per cent of the total amount wagered for those permit holders who make capital improvements to existing race tracks or construct new race tracks. The percentage of the reduction that may be taken each racing day shall equal seventy-five per cent of the taxes levied under divisions (B) and (C) of this section and section 3769.087 of the Revised Code, and division (F)(2) of section 3769.26 of the Revised Code, as applicable, divided by the calculated amount each fund should receive under divisions (B) and (C) of this section and section 3769.087 of the Revised Code, and division (F)(2) of section 3769.26 of the Revised Code and the reduction provided for in this division. If the resulting percentage is less than one, that percentage shall be multiplied by the amount of the reduction provided for in this division. Otherwise, the permit holder shall receive the full reduction provided for in this division. The amount of the allowable reduction not received shall be carried forward and applied against future tax liability. After any reductions expire, any reduction carried forward shall be treated as a reduction as provided for in this division.

If more than one permit holder is authorized to conduct racing at the facility that is being built or improved, the cost of the new race track or capital improvement shall be allocated between or among all the permit holders in the ratio that the permit holders' number of racing days bears to the total number of racing days conducted at the facility.

A reduction for a new race track or a capital improvement shall start from the day racing is first conducted following the date actual construction of the new race track or each capital improvement is completed and the construction cost has been approved by the racing commission, unless otherwise provided in this section. A reduction for a new race track or a capital improvement shall continue for a period of twenty-five years for new race tracks and for fifteen years for capital improvements if the construction of the capital improvement or new race track commenced prior to March 29, 1988, and for a period of ten years for new race tracks or capital improvements if the construction of the capital improvement or new race track commenced on or after March 29, 1988, but before June 6, 2001, or until the total tax reduction reaches seventy per cent of the approved cost of the new race track or capital improvement, as allocated to each permit holder, whichever occurs first. A reduction for a new race track or a capital improvement approved after June 6, 2001, shall continue until the total tax reduction reaches one hundred per cent of the approved cost of the new race track or capital improvement, as allocated to each permit holder.

A reduction granted for a new race track or a capital improvement, the application for which was approved by the racing commission after March 29, 1988, but before June 6, 2001, shall not commence nor shall the ten-year period begin to run until all prior tax reductions with respect to the same race track have ended. The total tax reduction because of capital improvements shall not during any one year exceed for all permit holders using any one track three-fourths of one per cent of the total amount wagered, regardless of the number of capital improvements made. Several capital improvements to a race track may be consolidated in an application if the racing commission approved the application prior to March 29, 1988. No permit holder may receive a tax reduction for a capital improvement approved by the racing commission on or after March 29, 1988, at a race track until all tax reductions have ended for all prior capital improvements approved by the racing commission under this section or section 3769.20 of the Revised Code at that race track. If there are two or more permit holders operating meetings at the same track, they may consolidate their applications. The racing commission shall notify the tax commissioner when the reduction of tax begins and when it ends.

Each fiscal year the racing commission shall submit a report to the tax commissioner, the office of budget and management, and the legislative service commission. The report shall identify each capital improvement project undertaken under this division and in progress at each race track, indicate the total cost of each project, state the tax reduction that resulted from each project during the immediately preceding fiscal year, estimate the tax reduction that will result from each project during the current fiscal year, state the total tax reduction that resulted from all such projects at all race tracks during the immediately preceding fiscal year, and estimate the total tax reduction that will result from all such projects at all race tracks during the current fiscal year.

(2) In order to qualify for the reduction in tax, a permit holder shall apply to the racing commission in such form as the commission may require and shall provide full details of the new race track or capital improvement, including a schedule for its construction and completion, and set forth the costs and expenses incurred in connection with it. The racing commission shall not approve an application unless the permit holder shows that a contract for the new race track or capital improvement has been let under an unrestricted competitive bidding procedure, unless the contract is exempted by the controlling board because of its unusual nature. In determining whether to approve an application, the racing commission shall consider whether the new race track or capital improvement will promote the safety, convenience, and comfort of the racing public and horse owners and generally tend towards the improvement of racing in this state.

(3) If a new race track or capital improvement is approved by the racing commission and construction has started, the tax reduction may be authorized by the commission upon presentation of copies of paid bills in excess of one hundred thousand dollars or ten per cent of the approved cost, whichever is greater. After the initial authorization, the permit holder shall present copies of paid bills. If the permit holder is in substantial compliance with the schedule for construction and completion of the new race track or capital improvement, the racing commission may authorize the continuation of the tax reduction upon the presentation of the additional paid bills. The total amount of the tax reduction authorized shall not exceed the percentage of the approved cost of the new race track or capital improvement specified in division (J)(1) of this section. The racing commission may terminate any tax reduction immediately if a permit holder fails to complete the new race track or capital improvement, or to substantially comply with the schedule for construction and completion of the new race track or capital improvement. If a permit holder fails to complete a new race track or capital improvement, the racing commission shall order the permit holder to repay to the state the total amount of tax reduced. The normal tax paid by the permit holder shall be increased by three-fourths of one per cent of the total amount wagered until the total amount of the additional tax collected equals the total amount of tax reduced.

(4) As used in this section:

(a) "Capital improvement" means an addition, replacement, or remodeling of a structural unit of a race track facility costing at least one hundred thousand dollars, including, but not limited to, the construction of barns used exclusively for the race track facility, backstretch facilities for horsemen, paddock facilities, new pari-mutuel and totalizator equipment and appurtenances to that equipment purchased by the track, new access roads, new parking areas, the complete reconstruction, reshaping, and leveling of the racing surface and appurtenances, the installation of permanent new heating or air conditioning, roof replacement or restoration, installations of a permanent nature forming a part of the track structure, and construction of buildings that are located on a permit holder's premises. "Capital improvement" does not include the cost of replacement of equipment that is not permanently installed, ordinary repairs, painting, and maintenance required to keep a race track facility in ordinary operating condition.

(b) "New race track" includes the reconstruction of a race track damaged by fire or other cause that has been declared by the racing commission, as a result of the damage, to be an inadequate facility for the safe operation of horse racing.

(c) "Approved cost" includes all debt service and interest costs that are associated with a capital improvement or new race track and that the racing commission approves for a tax reduction under division (J) of this section.

(5) The racing commission shall not approve an application for a tax reduction under this section if it has reasonable cause to believe that the actions or negligence of the permit holder substantially contributed to the damage suffered by the track due to fire or other cause. The racing commission shall obtain any data or information available from a fire marshal, law enforcement official, or insurance company concerning any fire or other damage suffered by a track, prior to approving an application for a tax reduction.

(6) The approved cost to which a tax reduction applies shall be determined by generally accepted accounting principles and verified by an audit of the permit holder's records upon completion of the project by the racing commission, or by an independent certified public accountant selected by the permit holder and approved by the commission.

(K) No other license or excise tax or fee, except as provided in sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code, shall be assessed or collected from such licensee by any county, township, district, municipal corporation, or other body having power to assess or collect a tax or fee. That portion of the tax paid under this section by permit holders for racing conducted at and during the course of an agricultural exposition or fair, and that portion of the tax that would have been paid by eligible permit holders into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund as a result of racing conducted at and during the course of an agricultural exposition or fair, shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the horse racing tax fund, which is hereby created for the use of the agricultural societies of the several counties in which the taxes originate. The state racing commission shall determine eligible permit holders for purposes of the preceding sentence, taking into account the breed of horse, the racing dates, the geographic proximity to the fair, and the best interests of Ohio racing. On the first day of any month on which there is money in the fund, the tax commissioner shall provide for payment to the treasurer of each agricultural society the amount of the taxes collected under this section upon racing conducted at and during the course of any exposition or fair conducted by the society.

(L) From the tax paid under this section by harness track permit holders, the tax commissioner shall pay into the Ohio thoroughbred race fund a sum equal to a percentage of the amount wagered upon which the tax is paid. The percentage shall be determined by the tax commissioner and shall be rounded to the nearest one-hundredth. The percentage shall be such that, when multiplied by the amount wagered upon which tax was paid by the harness track permit holders in the most recent year for which final figures are available, it results in a sum that substantially equals the same amount of tax paid by the tax commissioner during that year into the Ohio fairs fund from taxes paid by thoroughbred permit holders. This division does not apply to county and independent fairs and agricultural societies.

(M) Twenty-five per cent of the taxes levied on thoroughbred racing permit holders, harness racing permit holders, and quarter horse racing permit holders under this section, division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code, and division (F)(2) of section 3769.26 of the Revised Code shall be paid into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund. The tax commissioner shall pay any money remaining, after the payment into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund and the reductions provided for in division (J) of this section and in section 3769.20 of the Revised Code, into the Ohio fairs fund, Ohio thoroughbred race fund, Ohio standardbred development fund, Ohio quarter horse fund, and state racing commission operating fund as prescribed in this section and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code. The tax commissioner shall thereafter use and apply the balance of the money paid as a tax by any permit holder to cover any shortage in the accounts of such funds resulting from an insufficient payment as a tax by any other permit holder. Subject to section 3769.101 of the Revised Code, the moneys received by the tax commissioner shall be deposited monthly and paid by the tax commissioner into the funds to cover the total aggregate amount due from all permit holders to the funds, as calculated under this section and division (A) of section 3769.087 of the Revised Code, as applicable. If, after the payment into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund, sufficient funds are not available from the tax deposited by the tax commissioner to pay the required amounts into the Ohio fairs fund, Ohio standardbred development fund, Ohio thoroughbred race fund, Ohio quarter horse fund, and the state racing commission operating fund, the tax commissioner shall prorate on a proportional basis the amount paid to each of the funds. Any shortage to the funds as a result of a proration shall be applied against future deposits for the same calendar year when funds are available. After this application, the tax commissioner shall pay any remaining money paid as a tax by all permit holders into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund. This division does not apply to permit holders conducting racing at the course of an agricultural exposition or fair as described in division (K) of this section.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013 and 10/1/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.126, HB 386, §1, eff. 6/11/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2011.

Effective Date: 06-06-2001

3769.081 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 09-27-1994

3769.082 Ohio fairs fund - distribution of funds.

(A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio fairs fund. Moneys to the credit of the fund shall be distributed by the director of agriculture annually, on or before the first day of March, as follows:

(1) To each county agricultural society and to each independent agricultural society conducting an annual fair, twelve per cent of the total moneys in the Ohio fairs fund, to be allocated for general operations;

(2) To the Ohio expositions commission, the sum of one hundred twenty thousand dollars annually, to be divided equally as purse money among four stake races for two-year-old and three-year-old colts and for four stake races for two-year-old and three-year-old fillies at each gait of trotting and pacing; provided, that five thousand dollars and all entry fees shall be added to each race by the Ohio expositions commission.

If the races in this division cannot be contested due to unfavorable weather or other unavoidable cause, the races may be transferred to a suitable track approved by the director of agriculture and the Ohio exposition commission.

(3) To each county agricultural society and each independent agricultural society conducting horse races during their annual fair, the sum of four thousand dollars, to be used as purse money for horse races in accordance with this section, and the additional sum of one thousand dollars to each such county agricultural society and independent agricultural society to be used for race track maintenance and other expenses necessary for the conduct of such horse races or colt stakes.

A grant of four thousand dollars shall be available to each county or independent agricultural society for the conduct of four stake races for two-year-old and three-year-old colts and for four stake races for two-year-old and three-year-old fillies at each gait of trotting and pacing; provided, that at least five hundred dollars shall be added to each race. Exclusive of entrance fees and the excess moneys provided in division (A)(4) of this section from the grant of four thousand dollars for purse money provided in this division, a sum not to exceed three thousand dollars may be used by a society to reach the required purse for each of the eight stake races. Such stake races shall be distributed as evenly as possible throughout the racing season.

(4) In the event that the moneys available on the first day of March of any year are less than that required to carry out divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of this section, the moneys so available in the Ohio fairs fund shall be prorated equally to the items set forth in such divisions. In the event that the moneys available on the first day of March of any year are in excess of that required to carry out divisions (A)(1), (2), and (3) of this section, such excess shall be distributed equally to those county agricultural societies and independent agricultural societies conducting stake races, such excess to be added to the stake races conducted under division (A)(3) of this section. The balance of such excess shall be distributed to provide four per cent of such excess to the Ohio expositions commission to be added to the purses pursuant to division (A)(2) of this section, and the balance shall be distributed to the county and independent agricultural societies conducting stake races, such excess to be added to and divided equally among the stake races conducted under division (A)(3) of this section.

(B) County agricultural societies and independent agricultural societies participating under division (A)(3) of this section shall, on or before the first day of November in the year immediately preceding the year in which the moneys are to be distributed, make application for participation in such distribution to the director of agriculture on forms provided by the director.

(C) Distribution of moneys pursuant to division (A)(3) of this section shall not be paid to county agricultural societies and independent agricultural societies that conduct on their race courses automobile or motorcycle races during any year for which such distribution is requested, unless such automobile or motorcycle races are not conducted during the days and nights that horse racing is being conducted at such fair.

(D) All the foals in stake races conducted for two-year-old and three-year-old colts and fillies under this section shall have been sired by a stallion registered with the state racing commission. To be eligible for registration, a stallion shall be one of the following:

(1) Owned by a resident of Ohio and regularly standing the entire stud season in Ohio;

(2) Owned by a resident of a state other than Ohio but regularly standing the entire stud season in Ohio and leased by a resident of Ohio for a term of not less than ten years;

(3) Owned jointly by a resident of a state other than Ohio and a resident of Ohio, regularly standing the entire stud season in Ohio, and leased by a resident of Ohio for a term of not less than ten years.

Each race shall be conditioned to admit only registered two-year-old and three-year-old colts and fillies sired by a registered stallion owned or leased and permanently standing for service at and within this state at the time of the foal's conception. All other conditions for the scheduling and conduct of these races shall be approved by the state racing commission. The races shall be scheduled subject to the right of the commission to prevent conflicts in the event of contemporaneous meetings.

Such stake races shall be open for nomination not earlier than the fifteenth day of February in the year the race is to be held. All entrance fees in such events shall be added to the moneys distributed under this section as purse money.

(E) The state racing commission shall make unannounced periodic urine, saliva, or blood tests of horses competing in the events raced under this section.

(F) The director of agriculture shall provide forms for application for distribution under division (A)(3) of this section, shall adopt such rules as are necessary for carrying out this section, and may make such investigations as are necessary to determine the validity of any claims and applications for distribution of moneys under this section.

(G) Any county agricultural society or independent agricultural society which uses the moneys distributed under this section for any purpose other than that provided in this section is not eligible to receive distribution from the Ohio fairs fund for a period of two years after such misuse of such moneys occurs.

(H) As used in this section, "horse races" and "stake races" include either harness races or running races.

Effective Date: 07-01-1985

3769.083 Ohio thoroughbred race fund.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) An "accredited Ohio thoroughbred horse" means a horse conceived in this state and born in this state which is both of the following:

(a) Born of a mare that is domiciled in this state at the time of the horse's conception, that remains continuously in the state through the date on which the horse is born, and that is registered as required by the rules of the state racing commission;

(b) By a stallion that stands for breeding purposes only in this state in the year in which the horse is conceived, and that is registered as required by the rules of the commission.

(2) An "Ohio foaled horse" means a horse registered as required by the rules of the state racing commission which is either of the following:

(a) A horse born of a mare that enters this state before foaling and remains continuously in this state until the horse is born;

(b) A thoroughbred foal produced within the state by any broodmare shipped into the state to foal and be bred to a registered Ohio stallion. To qualify this foal as an Ohio foaled horse, the broodmare shall remain in this state one year continuously after foaling or continuously through foaling to the cover of the Ohio stallion, whichever is sooner. All horses previously registered as Ohio conceived and foaled shall be considered as Ohio foaled horses effective January 1, 1976.

Any thoroughbred mare may leave this state for periods of time for purposes of activities such as veterinary treatment or surgery, sales purposes, breeding purposes, racing purposes, and similar activities if permission is granted by the state racing commission and the mare is returned to this state immediately upon the conclusion of the requested activity.

(3) "Horse," "stallion," "mare," or "foal" means a horse of the thoroughbred breed as distinguished from a horse of the standard breed or any other breed, and "race" means a race for thoroughbred horses conducted by a permit holder of the state racing commission.

(4) "Horse" includes animals of all ages and of both sexes.

(B) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio thoroughbred race fund, to consist of moneys paid into it pursuant to sections 3769.08 and 3769.087 of the Revised Code. All investment earnings on the cash balances in the fund shall be credited to it. Moneys to the credit of the fund shall be distributed on order of the state racing commission. The commission , with the advice and assistance of the Ohio thoroughbred racing advisory committee, shall use the fund, except as provided in divisions (C)(2) and (3) and (D) of this section, to promote races and provide purses for races for horses in the following classes:

(1) Accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses;

(2) Ohio foaled horses.

Not less than ten nor more than twenty-five per cent of the total money to be paid from the fund for all types of races shall be allocated to races restricted to accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses. The commission may combine the classes of horses described in divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section in one race, except in stakes races.

(C)

(1) Each permit holder conducting thoroughbred races shall schedule races each week for horses in the classes named in division (B) of this section; the number of the races shall be prescribed by the state racing commission. The commission , pursuant to division (B) of this section, shall prescribe the class or classes of the races to be held by each permit holder and , with the advice of the Ohio thoroughbred racing advisory committee, shall fix the dates and conditions of the races and the amount of moneys to be paid from the Ohio thoroughbred race fund to be added in each race to the minimum purse established by the permit holder for the class of race held.

(2) The commission , with the advice of the Ohio thoroughbred racing advisory committee, may provide for stakes races to be run each year, and fix the number of stakes races and the time, place, and conditions under which each shall be run. The commission shall fix the amount of moneys to be paid from the Ohio thoroughbred race fund to be added to the purse provided for each stakes race by the permit holder, except that, in at least four stakes races each year, the commission shall require, if four stakes races can be arranged, that the permit holder conducting the stakes race provide no less than fifteen thousand dollars for the purse for the stakes race, and the commission shall provide moneys from the fund to be added to the purse in an amount equal to or greater than the amount provided by the permit holder. The commission may require a nominating, sustaining, and entry fee not to exceed one per cent of the money added from the fund for each horse in any stakes race, which fee shall be added to the purse for the race.

Stakes races where money is added from the Ohio thoroughbred race fund shall be open only to accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses and Ohio foaled horses. Twenty-five per cent of the total moneys to be paid from the fund for stakes races shall be allocated to races for only accredited Ohio thoroughbred horses. The commission may require a nominating, sustaining, and entry fee, not to exceed one per cent of the money added from the fund, for each horse in any of these stakes races. These fees shall be accumulated by the commission and shall be paid out by the commission at its discretion as part of the purse money for additional races.

(3) The commission may pay from the Ohio thoroughbred race fund to the breeder of a horse of class (1) or (2) of division (B) of this section winning first, second, or third prize money of a purse for a thoroughbred race an amount not to exceed fifteen per cent of the first, second, or third prize money of the purse. For the purposes of this division, the term "breeder" shall be defined by rule of the commission.

The commission also may provide for stallion owners' awards in an amount equal to not less than three nor more than ten per cent of the first, second, or third place share of the purse. The award shall be paid to the owner of the stallion, provided that the stallion was standing in this state as provided in division (A)(1)(b) of this section at the time the horse placing first, second, or third was conceived.

(D) The state racing commission may provide for the expenditure of moneys from the Ohio thoroughbred race fund in an amount not to exceed in any one calendar year ten per cent of the total amount received in the account that year to provide for research projects directed toward improving the breeding, raising, racing, and health and soundness of thoroughbred horses in the state and toward education or promotion of the industry. Research for which the moneys from the fund may be used may include, but shall not be limited to, studies of pre-race blood testing, post-race testing, improvement of the breed, and nutrition.

(E) The state racing commission shall appoint qualified personnel as may be required to supervise registration of horses under the terms of this section, to determine the eligibility of horses for accredited Ohio thoroughbred races, Ohio foaled races, and the stakes races authorized by division (C)(2) of this section, and to assist the Ohio thoroughbred racing advisory committee and the commission in determining the conditions, class, and quality of the race program to be established under this section so as to carry out the purposes of this section. The personnel shall serve at the pleasure of the commission, and compensation shall be fixed by the commission. The compensation of the personnel and necessary expenses shall be paid out of the Ohio thoroughbred race fund.

The commission shall adopt rules as are necessary to carry out this section and shall administer the stakes race program and other races supported by the Ohio thoroughbred race fund in a manner best designed to aid in the development of the thoroughbred horse industry in the state, to upgrade the quality of horse racing in the state, and to improve the quality of horses conceived and foaled in the state.

Effective Date: 03-29-1988; 04-04-2007

3769.084 Ohio thoroughbred racing advisory committee.

(A) The Ohio thoroughbred racing advisory committee is hereby created to consist of three members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The members of the committee shall be residents of the state knowledgeable in the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses. The Ohio thoroughbred horsemen's association and representatives of Ohio thoroughbred race tracks may submit to the governor the names of persons whom they recommend for appointment as members of the committee. Terms of office shall be for three years, commencing on the first day of February and ending on the thirty-first day of January. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his term until his successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

(B) The Ohio thoroughbred racing advisory committee shall advise and assist the state racing commission regarding the administration of the Ohio thoroughbred race fund created by section 3769.083 of the Revised Code.

(C) Members of the committee shall receive no compensation except that they shall be paid from the fund for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

Effective Date: 07-01-1985

3769.085 Ohio standardbred development fund.

(A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio standardbred development fund, to consist of moneys paid into it pursuant to section 3769.08 of the Revised Code and any fees assessed for or on behalf of the Ohio sires stakes races. All fees so assessed shall be exempt from the requirements of divisions (D) and (M) of that section . All investment earnings on the cash balance in the fund shall be credited to the fund. Moneys to the credit of the fund shall be distributed on order of the state racing commission with the approval of the Ohio standardbred development commission.

(B) The Ohio standardbred development commission shall consist of three members, all to be residents of this state knowledgeable in breeding and racing, to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. One member shall be a standardbred breeder, and one member shall be a standardbred owner. Of the initial appointments, one member shall be appointed for a term ending June 30, 1977, and two members shall be appointed for terms ending June 30, 1979. Thereafter, appointments for other than unexpired terms shall be for four years. Terms shall begin the first day of July and end the thirtieth day of June. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office. Members shall receive no compensation, except that they shall be paid actual and necessary expenses from the Ohio standardbred development fund. The state racing commission also shall be reimbursed from the fund for actual expenses approved by the development commission. The development commission may elect one member to serve as secretary.

(C) Upon application not later than the first day of December from the harness tracks conducting races with pari-mutuel wagering, other than agricultural expositions and fairs, the Ohio standardbred development commission , after a hearing and not later than the twentieth day of January, shall allocate and approve all available moneys for colt races for two-year-old and three-year-old colts and fillies, both trotting and pacing. Separate races for fillies shall be provided at each age and gait. Up to five races and a championship race shall be scheduled for each of the eight categories of age, sex, and gait. The allocations shall take into account the time of year that racing colts is feasible, the equity and continuity of the proposed dates for racing events, and the amounts to be added by the tracks, looking to the maximum benefit for those participating in the races. Representatives of the tracks and the Ohio harness horsemen's association shall be given an opportunity to be heard before the allocations are made. No races shall be contested earlier than the first day of May or later than the first day of November; all permit holders operating extended pari-mutuel meetings between those dates shall be entitled to at least three races. No funds for a race shall be allocated to and paid to a permit holder by the development commission unless the permit holder adds at least twenty-five per cent to the amount allocated by the development commission, and not less than five thousand dollars to each race.

Colts and fillies eligible to the races shall be only those sired by a standardbred stallion that was registered with the state racing commission and stood in the state the entire breeding season of the year the colt or filly was conceived .

If the development commission concludes that sufficient funds are available to add aged races without reducing purse levels of the colt and filly races, the development commission may allocate funds to four-year-old and up races of each sex and gait with Ohio eligibility required as set forth in this section.

(D) The state racing commission may allocate an amount not to exceed five per cent of the total Ohio standardbred development fund available in any one calendar year to research projects directed toward improving the breeding, raising, racing, and health and soundness of horses in the state and toward education or promotion of the industry.

Effective Date: 09-05-2001; 04-04-2007

3769.086 Ohio quarter horse development fund.

There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio quarter horse development fund, to consist of all moneys paid into the fund at Ohio quarter horse meets. The purpose of the fund is to advance and improve the breeding of racing quarter horses in Ohio.

Moneys to the credit of the fund shall be distributed on order of the state racing commission with the approval of the Ohio quarter horse development commission.

The development commission shall consist of three members, to be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate. One member shall be a quarter horse breeder and one a quarter horse owner. Of the initial appointments, one member shall be appointed for a term ending June 30, 1977, and two members shall be appointed for terms ending June 30, 1979. Thereafter appointments for other than unexpired terms shall be for four years. Terms shall begin the first day of July and end the thirtieth day of June. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until a successor takes office. Members shall receive no compensation, except they shall be paid actual and necessary expenses from the Ohio quarter horse development fund. The state racing commission shall also be reimbursed for actual expense approved by the development commission. The development commission may elect one member to serve as secretary.

After a general meeting advertised at least one month in advance, the development commission shall allocate and approve all available moneys to one or more stake races and, at the development commission's discretion, to one or more overnight races. The eligibility for entry into such stake or overnight races shall be restricted to the following horses:

(A) An Ohio-sired horse, which means a colt or filly registered with the American quarter horse association that has been sired by a quarter horse or thoroughbred stallion that stands for breeding purposes only in this state in the year that the colt or filly was conceived and is registered according to the rules of the state racing commission;

(B) An Ohio-foaled horse, which means a filly or colt with a certificate of registration from the American quarter horse association that the colt or filly was foaled in this state. A copy of the registration papers shall accompany any nomination for entry in a race.

(C) An Ohio-owned horse, which means a colt or filly wholly owned by a resident of this state, according to the rules of the state racing commission, both at the time of nomination and at the time of the race.

The development commission may combine any or all of the above classes in one race, but in an overnight race to which money is allocated, preference shall be given to the highest preferred class in the order listed in this section.

The development commission may allocate a sum not to exceed ten per cent of the total Ohio quarter horse development fund to research projects directed toward improving the breeding, raising, and racing of horses in the state and toward education or promotion of the industry.

Effective Date: 12-02-1996

3769.087 Retaining additional tax and amount from certain wagering.

(A) In addition to the commission of eighteen per cent retained by each permit holder as provided in section 3769.08 of the Revised Code, each permit holder shall retain an additional amount equal to four per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on each racing day on all wagering pools other than win, place, and show, of which amount retained an amount equal to three per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on each racing day on those pools shall be paid in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax. Subject to the restrictions contained in divisions (B), (C), and (M) of section 3769.08 of the Revised Code, from such additional moneys paid to the tax commissioner:

(1) Four-sixths shall be allocated to fund distribution as provided in division (M) of section 3769.08 of the Revised Code.

(2) One-twelfth shall be paid into the Ohio fairs fund created by section 3769.082 of the Revised Code.

(3) One-twelfth of the additional moneys paid to the tax commissioner by thoroughbred racing permit holders shall be paid into the Ohio thoroughbred race fund created by section 3769.083 of the Revised Code.

(4) One-twelfth of the additional moneys paid to the tax commissioner by harness horse racing permit holders shall be paid to the Ohio standardbred development fund created by section 3769.085 of the Revised Code.

(5) One-twelfth of the additional moneys paid to the tax commissioner by quarter horse racing permit holders shall be paid to the Ohio quarter horse development fund created by section 3769.086 of the Revised Code.

(6) One-sixth shall be paid into the state racing commission operating fund created by section 3769.03 of the Revised Code.

The remaining one per cent that is retained of the total of all moneys wagered on each racing day on all pools other than win, place, and show, shall be retained by racing permit holders, and, except as otherwise provided in section 3769.089 of the Revised Code, racing permit holders shall use one-half for purse money and retain one-half.

(B) In addition to the commission of eighteen per cent retained by each permit holder as provided in section 3769.08 of the Revised Code and the additional amount retained by each permit holder as provided in division (A) of this section, each permit holder shall retain an additional amount equal to one-half of one per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on each racing day on all wagering pools other than win, place, and show. The additional amount retained under this division shall be paid in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax. The tax commissioner shall pay the amount of the tax received under this division to the state racing commission operating fund created by section 3769.03 of the Revised Code.

(C) [Effective 9/29/2013] Unless otherwise agreed to by the video lottery sales agent and the applicable horsemen's association recognized by the state racing commission to represent such persons, within ninety days after the effective date of this amendment for video lottery sales agents operating as such on the effective date of this amendment or within six months after the date a video lottery sales agent begins operating as such for video lottery sales agents not operating as such on the effective date of this amendment, the state racing commission shall direct through rule that a percentage of the lottery sales agent's commission as determined by the state lottery commission for conducting video lottery terminal gaming on behalf of the state be paid to the state racing commission for the benefit of breeding and racing in this state. The percentage so determined shall not be less than nine per cent or more than eleven per cent of the video lottery terminal income, and shall be a sliding scale based upon capital expenditures necessary to build the video lottery sales agent's facility. The aggregate of one hundred per cent of video lottery terminal income minus the lottery sales agent's commission percentage as determined by the state lottery commission plus the percentage of the lottery sale agent's commission, as determined by the state racing commission or otherwise agreed to by the video lottery sales agent and the applicable horsemen's association recognized by the state racing commission to represent such persons, for the benefit of breeding and racing in this state shall not exceed forty-five per cent of the video lottery terminal income. In addition, beginning July 1, 2013, the state lottery commission shall adopt a rule to require the lottery sales agent conducting video lottery terminal gaming on behalf of the state to disperse to the state lottery commission one-half of one per cent of such a lottery sales agent's commission for the purpose of providing funding support to appropriate state agencies for programs that provide for gambling addiction and other related addiction services. The state lottery commission's rule also may require the lottery sales agent conducting video lottery terminal gaming on behalf of the state to disperse to the state lottery commission an additional amount up to one-half of one per cent of such a lottery sales agent's commission for that purpose.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013 and 10/1/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.126, HB 386, §1, eff. 6/11/2012.

Effective Date: 06-29-2004; 03-30-2006; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

3769.088 Making assessment for failure to pay taxes.

(A)

(1) If any permit holder required by this chapter to pay the taxes levied by sections 3769.08, 3769.087, 3769.26, and 3769.28 of the Revised Code fails to pay the taxes as required, the tax commissioner may make an assessment against the permit holder based upon any information in the commissioner's possession.

(2) If a permit holder required to remit taxes or file a report electronically in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code fails to do so, the tax commissioner may impose an additional penalty of fifty dollars or ten per cent of the tax due as shown on the report, whichever is greater.

(3) A penalty of up to fifteen per cent may be added to the amount of every assessment made under this section.

(4) The commissioner may adopt rules providing for the imposition and remission of penalties added to assessments made under this section.

(5) The commissioner shall give the party assessed written notice of the assessment in the manner provided in section 5703.37 of the Revised Code. With the notice, the commissioner shall provide instructions on how to petition for reassessment and request a hearing on the petition.

(B) Unless the party assessed files with the tax commissioner within sixty days after service of the notice of assessment, either personally or by certified mail, a written petition for reassessment signed by the party assessed or that party's authorized agent having knowledge of the facts, the assessment becomes final and the amount of the assessment is due and payable from the party assessed to the commissioner. The petition shall indicate the objections of the party assessed, but additional objections may be raised in writing if received by the commissioner prior to the date shown on the final determination. If the petition has been properly filed, the commissioner shall proceed under section 5703.60 of the Revised Code.

(C) After an assessment becomes final, if any portion of the assessment remains unpaid, including accrued interest, a certified copy of the tax commissioner's entry making the assessment final may be filed in the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas in the county in which the place, track, or enclosure for which the permit was issued is located or the county in which the party assessed resides or has its principal place of business. If the party assessed maintains no place of business in this state and is not a resident of this state, the certified copy of the entry may be filed in the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas of Franklin county.

Immediately upon the filing of the entry, the clerk shall enter a judgment for the state against the party assessed in the amount shown on the entry. The judgment may be filed by the clerk in a loose-leaf book entitled "special judgments for state horse racing tax," and shall have the same effect as other judgments. Execution shall issue upon the judgment upon the request of the tax commissioner, and all laws applicable to sales on execution shall apply to sales made under the judgment.

[Effective 9/29/2013] If the assessment is not paid in its entirety within sixty days after the day the assessment was issued, the portion of the assessment consisting of tax due shall bear interest at the rate per annum prescribed by section 5703.47 of the Revised Code from the day the tax commissioner issues the assessment until the day the assessment is paid or until it is certified to the attorney general for collection under section 131.02 of the Revised Code, whichever comes first. If the unpaid portion of the assessment is certified to the attorney general for collection, the entire unpaid portion of the assessment shall bear interest at the rate per annum prescribed by section 5703.47 of the Revised Code from the date of certification until the date it is paid in its entirety. Interest shall be paid in the same manner as the tax and may be collected by the issuance of an assessment under this section.

(D) All money collected by the tax commissioner under this section shall be treated as revenue arising from the taxes imposed by sections 3769.08, 3769.087, 3769.26, and 3769.28 of the Revised Code.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 09-06-2002

3769.089 Simulcast horse racing.

(A) As used in this chapter:

(1) "Racing day" means any day authorized under a permit holder's permit on which, at a simulcast host, either a live racing program is conducted as authorized under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code or a simulcast racing program is conducted as authorized under this section.

(2) "Live racing day" means a racing day on which a live racing program is conducted by the permit holder along with simulcasts of all other available racing programs from within this state and simulcast racing programs from outside this state as authorized under this section.

(3) "Live racing program" means a racing program consisting of no fewer than seven live horse races at thoroughbred tracks and nine live races at standardbred tracks and additional horse races simulcast from other facilities located either inside or outside this state, in which not more than two horse races on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted are simulcast from facilities located outside this state. If only one racing meeting of a particular breed of horse is being held, no fewer than nine live horse races shall be held on a live racing day. If, during the course of a racing meeting at a standardbred track, the racing secretary of the permit holder determines that there is an insufficient number of entries to have a full field of eight horses for each of nine races on a live racing program, then the racing secretary of the permit holder, after consultation with the Ohio harness horsemens association, may reduce the number of live races on that live racing program, as the racing secretary may determine. The racing secretary shall not reduce the live racing program to less than seven live races. If during the course of a meeting at a thoroughbred track, the racing secretary of a permit holder determines that there is an insufficient number of entries to have a full field of eight horses for each of nine races on a live racing program, then the racing secretary of the permit holder, with the consent of the thoroughbred horsemens association, may reduce the number of live races on that live racing program, as the racing secretary may determine. The racing secretary shall not reduce the live racing program to less than seven live races. No more than seventeen races on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted, including both live races and races simulcast from other facilities located either inside or outside this state, shall be part of a live racing program.

(4) "Simulcast host" means a track or enclosure in this state where, on a racing day, a permit holder is doing one or both of the following:

(a) Conducting a live racing program and offering this program for simulcasting to one or more simulcast guests and satellite facilities in this state;

(b) Receiving a simulcast racing program for simulcasting to one or more simulcast guests and satellite facilities in this state.

(5) "Simulcast guest" means any track or enclosure that is receiving from a simulcast host, on a day other than a racing day, a live racing program or a simulcast racing program.

(6) "Simulcast racing program" means all simulcasts of horse races to a simulcast host or simulcast guest on a racing day or on any other day on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted, but does not include any simulcast horse races from inside or outside this state that are included in a simulcast host's live racing program.

(7) "Satellite facility" has the same meaning as in section 3769.25 of the Revised Code.

(8) "Collection and settlement agent" has the same meaning as in section 3769.0810 of the Revised Code.

(9) "Special racing event" means individual races in live racing programs or simulcast racing programs, and simulcast racing programs on special event days under division (C) of this section, conducted at facilities located outside this state for which the track, racing association, or state regulatory agency conducting such races charges a simulcast host a fee for the privilege of receiving a simulcast of such races into this state that is higher than the customary and regular fee charged for simulcast races because of the status or popularity of such races.

(B)

(1)

(a) The state racing commission shall, upon request by any permit holder, permit electronically televised simulcasts of horse races at the permit holder's track or enclosure on racing days authorized by the permit holder's permit. Except as provided in division (B) of this section, the commission shall not permit the simulcast of any simulcast racing program conducted at tracks or facilities located outside this state unless the out-of-state simulcast racing program is available at the same signal rate to all permit holders, whether serving as simulcast hosts or simulcast guests, and all satellite facilities, in this state open and operating on that day. A permit holder or satellite facility may inform the commission that it waives the right to receive the simulcast of a simulcast racing program or a race in a simulcast racing program on that day and in this event the simulcast racing program or simulcast race shall be available to all other simulcast hosts, simulcast guests, and satellite facilities open and operating in this state on that day.

(b) In order for a permit holder to offer simulcasts of horse races conducted at facilities located outside this state, the permit holder shall have conducted live racing programs during the immediately preceding calendar year on a number of days that is not less than the number of regular live racing days it conducted in calendar year 1991, not including additional racing days conducted in calendar year 1991 by the permit holder at a winterized facility under a permit issued under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code, as certified by the commission. In satisfying the foregoing requirement for live racing days during the immediately preceding calendar year, a permit holder may include the number of days on which live racing programs were conducted under a permit issued under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code for additional racing days at a winterized facility. In addition, in order for a permit holder to offer simulcasts of horse races conducted at facilities located outside this state, the permit holder shall offer all simulcasts of horse races conducted in this state made available to it.

In order for a permit holder to offer simulcasts of races conducted at race tracks located outside this state at the same time and during the hours in which the live races of a live racing program are being conducted at its track, a permit holder conducting a thoroughbred live racing program shall obtain the consent of the thoroughbred horsemens association and a permit holder conducting a harness live racing program shall obtain the consent of the Ohio harness horsemens association. The consent of the horsemen's organization shall not be unreasonably withheld, and shall be consistent with the interest of preserving live racing in this state. If a horsemen's organization withholds its consent, the permit holder may file an objection with the commission, which shall promptly consider the objection and determine whether the horsemen's organization's action in withholding consent is without substantial merit and, if the commission so determines, shall authorize the permit holder to simulcast the simulcast racing programs. The determination of the commission is final. A permit holder, as a simulcast host, may offer simulcast racing programs at its track or enclosure of races conducted at tracks and facilities located outside this state prior to the commencement of, and following the conclusion of, its live races without obtaining the consent of a horsemen's organization under this division.

(c) Division (B)(1)(b) of this section remains in effect for each permit holder until the calendar year after that permit holder first receives a commission as a lottery sales agent for conducting video lottery terminal gaming on behalf of the state.

(2) Notwithstanding section 3769.07 of the Revised Code and unless otherwise agreed to by the applicable horsemen's association and the permit holder, beginning in the calendar year after the permit holder first receives video lottery terminal income, one of the following applies as determined on a yearly basis:

(a) If eleven per cent of the gross gaming revenue from video lottery terminals at the permit holder's facilities (either existing or relocated) in the previous calendar year exceeds fifteen million dollars, a permit holder shall conduct a minimum of one hundred twenty-five live racing days.

(b) If eleven per cent of the gross gaming revenue from video lottery terminals at the permit holder's facilities (either existing or relocated) in the previous calendar year exceeds eleven million dollars, but is less than or equal to fifteen million dollars, a permit holder shall conduct a minimum of one hundred live racing days or the number of racing days applied for by the permit holder in calendar year 2012, whichever is greater.

(c) If eleven per cent of the gross gaming revenue from video lottery terminals at the permit holder's facilities (either existing or relocated) in the previous calendar year is less than or equal to eleven million dollars, a permit holder shall conduct a minimum of seventy-five racing days or the number of racing days applied for by the permit holder for calendar year 2012, whichever is greater.

In no case shall the minimum number of racing days for any permit holder exceed one hundred twenty-five racing days or the maximum number of racing days for any permit holder exceed two hundred ten racing days.

(3) For the purposes of division (B)(2) of this section, for live racing conducted at a track with more than one permit, the minimum and maximum live racing days shall apply to those permits collectively and not as a single permit.

(4) In addition to the required live racing days, a permit holder shall simulcast a simulcast racing program on a minimum of three hundred sixty days each calendar year. The permit holder shall simulcast all simulcast racing programs conducted in this state and made available to the permit holder and simulcast racing programs conducted outside this state.

(5) The commission may make exception to the required minimum number of live racing days or simulcast racing program days in instances of natural disaster or other unexpected circumstances as defined by the commission, in its sole discretion. For any calendar year, the horsemen's association at each track may negotiate an agreement with the permit holder for that track to reduce the number of live racing days at that track to less than the minimum live racing days required by division (B)(2)(a), (b), or (c) of this section, as applicable, or to increase the number of live racing days at that track to a number that is greater than the maximum live racing days permitted by division (B)(2)(c) of this section, subject to the approval of the commission. These negotiations shall not reduce the number of live racing days to less than fifty days per calendar year.

(6) To satisfy the requirement of live racing days, a permit holder may include the number of days on which live racing programs were conducted under a permit issued under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code for racing days authorized at a winterized facility.

(C) The commission shall allocate to each track one racing day for each permit holder during each calendar year for the conduct of a live racing program on which a permit holder may conduct as few as one live horse race, with the remainder of the horse races on that racing day on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted as part of the live racing program being simulcast from other tracks and facilities located either inside or outside this state. In addition, the commission may allocate to each permit holder racing days on which it may as part of a live racing program simulcast more than two horse races from facilities located outside this state if the horse races involve a national wagering pool and pari-mutuel wagering is conducted on the national wagering pool, but on such a racing day there shall in no event be more than two horse races simulcast from facilities located outside this state included in a live racing program on which separate pari-mutuel wagering is conducted. As used in this division, "national wagering pool" means an interstate or intrastate common pari-mutuel wagering pool involving two or more selections covering two or more horse races conducted at tracks located inside or outside this state.

In emergency situations, the commission may authorize a live racing day at a track in which all horse races on that racing day on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted are simulcast from tracks and facilities located either inside or outside this state with the consent of the thoroughbred horsemens association for a track conducting a thoroughbred live racing program and with the consent of the Ohio harness horsemens association for a track conducting a harness live racing program. If a horsemen's organization withholds its consent, the permit holder may file an objection with the commission, which shall promptly consider the objection and determine whether the horsemen's organization's action in withholding consent is without substantial merit and, if the commission so determines, shall authorize the permit holder to simulcast the simulcast racing programs. The determination of the commission is final.

(D) On any day that a racing day has been applied for at any track in this state, each track in this state may operate as either a simulcast host or a simulcast guest and may conduct, with the approval of the state racing commission, pari-mutuel wagering on all simulcasts of races conducted inside this state made available to it plus all simulcasts of races conducted at facilities located outside this state as determined by the simulcast hosts. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any simulcast host or simulcast guest may receive and conduct simulcast racing programs that feature any breed of horse at any time of day, as authorized by the commission. Those persons holding state fair, county fair, or other fair permits shall not receive a simulcast racing program on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted, except that a holder of a permit issued under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code that has been authorized by the commission to conduct races of the state fair, a county fair, or other fair at a commercial track may receive and conduct simulcast racing programs as a simulcast host or simulcast guest at the same time in conjunction with the live racing program of the state fair, county fair, or other fair permit holder conducted at its track.

The simulcast hosts, with the approval of the state racing commission, shall determine which simulcast racing programs offered by race tracks located outside this state will be simulcast at their tracks and at all simulcast hosts, simulcast guests, and satellite facilities in this state that are open and operating during the hours that the simulcast hosts are operating. Simulcast guests and satellite facilities shall receive all approved simulcast racing programs offered by simulcast hosts. In addition, a simulcast host and simulcast guest, with the approval of the commission, may also receive simulcast horse races and simulcast racing programs not agreed to by simulcast hosts.

A simulcast host that normally operates during the day only may serve as a simulcast host for only day-simulcast racing programs, which include all simulcast racing programs that commence at a track located outside this state on or before four p.m. A simulcast host that normally operates during the evening only may serve as a simulcast host for only evening-simulcast racing programs, which include all simulcast racing programs that commence at a track located outside this state on or after three p.m. A simulcast host that normally operates during the evening, but that under its permit conducts live racing programs during the day, may serve as a simulcast host for day-simulcast racing programs. A permit holder that is offering at its track simulcast racing programs that commence at a track located outside this state on or before four p.m. and simulcast racing programs that commence at a track located outside this state on or after three p.m. may serve as a simulcast host for both the day-simulcast racing program and the evening-simulcast racing program only if no other permit holder is serving as a simulcast host for the other simulcast racing programs. The times listed in this and the immediately following paragraphs are standard time as described in section 1.04 of the Revised Code and in the "Uniform Time Act of 1966," 80 Stat. 107, 15 U.S.C. 260 to 265.

If a simulcast host is conducting a racing program that features thoroughbred or quarter horses on the same day that another simulcast host is conducting a live racing program that features harness horses at a track located in the same county as, or within twenty miles of, the track of the first simulcast host, the first simulcast host shall not conduct pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast racing programs that commence after four p.m. on that day and the second simulcast host shall not conduct wagering on simulcast racing programs that commence before three p.m. on that day.

A simulcast host that is conducting a live racing program and is simulcasting that program to other simulcast hosts and simulcast guests in this state shall receive from each simulcast host and each simulcast guest receiving the simulcast an intrastate simulcast fee of one and three-eighths per cent of the amounts wagered on such simulcast racing program at its facilities. The simulcast hosts and simulcast guests receiving such simulcast racing program shall pay the intrastate simulcast fee to the collection and settlement agent, and the fee shall be disbursed by the agent, at the time and in the manner provided in section 3769.0810 of the Revised Code.

(E)

(1) The moneys wagered on simulcast racing programs on a racing day shall be separated from the moneys wagered on the live racing program on that racing day. From the moneys wagered on the simulcast races, each permit holder may retain as a commission the percentage of the amount wagered as specified in sections 3769.08 and 3769.087 of the Revised Code, as applicable, and shall pay, in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax, the tax specified in sections 3769.08 and 3769.087 of the Revised Code, as applicable. From the tax collected, the tax commissioner shall make the distributions to the respective funds, and in the proper amounts, as required by sections 3769.08 and 3769.087 of the Revised Code, as applicable. Except as provided in division (E)(2) of this section, from the amount remaining after the payment of state taxes on the moneys wagered on live racing programs and on the moneys wagered on simulcast racing programs, a permit holder shall retain an amount equal to two and three-eighths per cent of the amount wagered on live racing programs and on intrastate and interstate simulcast racing programs simulcast at its track and on the amount wagered on the live racing programs and simulcast racing programs at a satellite facility allocated to it under section 3769.26 of the Revised Code, as a fee to pay for those costs associated with the reception and transmission of simulcasts and the administrative cost of the conduct of live racing programs and simulcast racing programs. From the remaining balance, one-half shall be retained by the permit holder for purses. On a day when a permit holder conducts a live racing program, all purse money generated from wagering on live racing programs and on simulcast racing programs at its track shall be used for that permit holder's purse account. On a day when a permit holder operates as a simulcast host with no live racing program, or operates as a simulcast guest, all purse money generated from wagering on intrastate and interstate simulcast racing programs shall be paid to the state racing commission for deposit into the Ohio combined simulcast horse racing purse fund created under this section. In addition, on a day when a permit holder serves as a simulcast host for a satellite facility, all purse money generated from amounts wagered at the satellite facility allocated to the permit holder under section 3769.26 of the Revised Code shall be paid to the commission for deposit into the Ohio simulcast horse racing purse fund.

(2) If there are not four satellite facilities in operation in this state within one year after September 19, 1996, or if there are not seven satellite facilities in operation in this state within two years after September 19, 1996, or if there are not ten satellite facilities in operation in this state within three years after September 19, 1996, then in any such event the amount to be retained as a fee by the permit holder under division (E)(1) of this section shall be one and seven-eighths per cent until such time as the number of satellite facilities specified in division (E)(2) of this section are in operation. For good cause shown, the thoroughbred horsemens association and Ohio harness horsemens association may waive the requirements of division (E)(2) of this section or extend the date for compliance as to any year by filing a written notification with the state racing commission.

(3) If a simulcast racing program simulcast by a simulcast host at its track or enclosure and to other simulcast hosts, simulcast guests, and satellite facilities in this state is a special racing event, the permit holder offering the special racing event and other simulcast hosts, simulcast guests, and satellite facilities receiving the special racing event shall not retain the fee provided under division (E)(1) or (2) of this section but shall retain from the moneys wagered on the special racing event an amount equal to the fee charged by the track, racing association, or state regulatory agency simulcasting the special racing event to the simulcast host. From the remaining balance, one-half shall be retained by the permit holder for purses in the manner provided in division (E)(1) of this section.

A permit holder proposing to simulcast a special racing event as a simulcast host shall advise its horsemen's organization of the proposed schedule of the special racing event and obtain its consent to this schedule. The consent of the horsemen's organization shall not be unreasonably withheld and shall be consistent with the interest of preserving live racing in this state. If the horsemen's organization withholds its consent, the permit holder may file an objection with the state racing commission, which shall promptly consider the objection and determine whether the organization's action in withholding consent is without substantial merit and, if the commission so determines, shall authorize the permit holder to simulcast the special racing event. The determination of the commission is final.

(F) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio combined simulcast horse racing purse fund, to consist of moneys paid into it by permit holders pursuant to division (E) of this section and by satellite facilities pursuant to division (F) of section 3769.26 of the Revised Code. Moneys to the credit of the fund, including interest earned thereon, may be used by the commission for the costs of administering this division and the balance shall be distributed among permit holders no less frequently than monthly to each permit holder's purse account on order of the commission.

For each calendar year, permit holders at each track shall receive a share of each distribution of the Ohio combined simulcast horse racing purse fund in the same percentage, rounded to the nearest one-hundredth of the amount of each distribution, as the average total amount wagered at the track on racing days at which live racing programs were conducted, including the amount allocated to the track under section 3769.26 of the Revised Code for live races, during the five calendar years immediately preceding the year for which the distribution is made bears to the average annual total amount wagered at all tracks in the state operating under permits issued by the state racing commission under section 3769.07, 3769.071, or 3769.072 of the Revised Code on all racing days at which live racing programs were conducted, including the amount allocated to the tracks under section 3769.26 of the Revised Code for live races, during the five calendar years immediately preceding the year for which the distribution is made. By the thirty-first day of January of each year the commission shall calculate the share of the permit holders at each track for that year, shall enter the share percentages in its official records, and shall notify all permit holders of the share percentages of all tracks for that calendar year.

The permit holders at each track, with the approval of the commission, shall allocate their share of the fund as distributed to the purse account of each permit holder for each race meeting.

The commission shall cause to be kept accurate records of its administration of the fund, including all administrative expenses incurred by it and charged to the fund, and of distributions to permit holders. These records are public records available for inspection at any time during the regular business hours of the commission by any permit holder or horsemen's organization, by an authorized agent of the permit holder or horsemen's organization, or by any other person.

(G) Upon the approval of the commission, a permit holder conducting live racing programs may transmit electronically televised simulcasts of horse races conducted at the permit holder's track to racing associations, tracks, and facilities located outside this state for the conduct of pari-mutuel wagering thereon, at the times, on the terms, and for the fee agreed upon by the permit holder and the receiving racing association, track, or facility. From the fees paid to the permit holder for such simulcasts, a permit holder shall retain for the costs of administration a fee in an amount equal to one per cent of the amount wagered on the races simulcast by the permit holder. From the remaining balance of the fee, one-half shall be retained by the permit holder for purses, except that notwithstanding the fee arrangement between the permit holder and the receiving racing association, track, or facility, the permit holder shall deposit into its purse account not less than an amount equal to three-fourths of one per cent of the amount wagered at racing associations, tracks, and facilities located outside the state on the races simulcast by the permit holder.

All televised simulcasts of horse races conducted in this state to racing associations, tracks, and facilities located outside this state shall comply with the "Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978," 92 Stat. 1811, 15 U.S.C.A. 3001 to 3007. The consent of the horsemen's organization at the track of the permit holder applying to the commission to simulcast horse races conducted at the permit holder's track to racing associations, tracks, and facilities located outside this state shall be consistent with the interest of preserving live racing.

(H)

(1) The state racing commission may authorize any permit holder that is authorized to conduct live horse racing on racing days and that conducts pari-mutuel wagering on simulcasts of horse races under this section that are conducted at race tracks either inside or outside this state to conduct, supervise, and participate in interstate and intrastate common pari-mutuel wagering pools on those races in the manner provided in division (H) of this section. Except as otherwise expressly provided in division (H) of this section or in the rules of the state racing commission, the provisions of this chapter that govern pari-mutuel wagering apply to interstate or intrastate common pari-mutuel wagering pools.

(2) Subject to the approval of the state racing commission, the types of wagering, calculation of the commission retained by the permit holder, tax rates, distribution of winnings, and rules of racing in effect for pari-mutuel wagering pools at the host track may govern wagers placed at a receiving track in this state and merged into an interstate or intrastate common pari-mutuel wagering pool. Breakage from interstate or intrastate common pari-mutuel wagering pools shall be calculated in accordance with the rules that govern the host track and shall be distributed among the tracks participating in the interstate or intrastate common wagering pool in a manner agreed to by the participating tracks and the host track. An interstate common pari-mutuel wagering pool formed under division (H)(3) of this section is subject to that division rather than to division (H)(2) of this section.

(3) Subject to the approval of the state racing commission, an interstate common pari-mutuel wagering pool may be formed between a permit holder and one or more receiving tracks located in states other than the state in which the host track is located. The commission may approve types of wagering, calculation of the commission retained by the permit holder, tax rates, distribution of winnings, rules of racing, and calculation of breakage for such an interstate common pari-mutuel wagering pool that differ from those that would otherwise be applied in this state under this chapter but that are consistent for all tracks participating in the interstate common pari-mutuel wagering pool formed under division (H)(3) of this section.

(4) As used in division (H) of this section:

(a) "Host track" means a track where live horse races are conducted and offered for simulcasting to receiving tracks.

(b) "Receiving track" means a track where simulcasts of races from a host track are displayed and wagered on.

(I) Each permit holder is responsible for paying all costs associated with the up-link for, and reception of, simulcasts, and the conduct and operation of simulcast racing programs, for all fees and costs associated with serving as a simulcast host or simulcast guest, and for any required fees payable to the tracks, racing associations, or state regulatory agencies where simulcast racing is conducted at tracks located outside this state.

(J) No license, fee, or excise tax, other than as specified in division (E) of this section, shall be assessed upon or collected from a permit holder or the owners of a permit holder in connection with, or pertaining to, the operation and conduct of simulcast racing programs in this state, by any county, township, municipal corporation, district, or other body having the authority to assess or collect a tax or fee.

(K)

(1) Permit holders operating tracks within the same county or adjacent counties that are conducting simulcast racing programs under this section may enter into agreements regarding the conduct of simulcast racing programs at their respective tracks and the sharing of the retained commissions therefrom, for such periods of time, upon such terms and conditions, and subject to such rights and obligations, as the contracting permit holders consider appropriate under the circumstances. Permit holders shall notify the state racing commission of their entry into an agreement pursuant to this division, the names of the permit holders that are parties to the agreement, and the length of time the agreement shall be in effect.

(2) Permit holders and the thoroughbred horsemens association and Ohio harness horsemens association may agree to do any of the following:

(a) Increase or reduce the fees and amounts to be retained by the permit holders under this section;

(b) Increase or reduce the fees and amounts to be allocated to the purse accounts of permit holders under this section;

(c) Increase or reduce the fees to be paid between and among simulcast hosts and simulcast guests under this section and under division (C) of section 3769.0810 of the Revised Code;

(d) Modify, suspend, or waive the requirements set forth in division (B) of this section as to any permit holder or as to all permit holders.

All permit holders and both horsemen's organizations shall approve such agreement. Any agreement entered into under division (K)(2) of this section shall set forth the effective date of any such increase or reduction, and the terms and provisions of the agreement, and a copy of the agreement shall be filed with the state racing commission.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 10/1/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.126, HB 386, §1, eff. 6/11/2012.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

3769.0810 [Effective Until 7/1/2015] Collection and settlement agent for simulcast fees.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Collection and settlement agent" means the permit holder designated by the state racing commission under division (B) of this section.

(2) "Racing week" means a seven-day period commencing on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.

(3) "Simulcast guest" and "simulcast host" have the same meanings as in section 3769.089 of the Revised Code.

(4) "Satellite facility" has the same meaning as in section 3769.25 of the Revised Code.

(5) "Settlement of wagering accounts" means the exchange of funds in order to equalize payments of winning wagers at all tracks and facilities participating in a common pari-mutuel pool.

(B) The state racing commission shall annually appoint as the collection and settlement agent one or more permit holders of tracks that hold no fewer than three fifty-six-day permits issued under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code. The collection and settlement agent shall give a cash or surety bond payable to the treasurer of state in an amount set by the commission for the performance of its duties under this section, and the bond shall be filed with the commission.

(C)

(1) At the close of each day, each permit holder acting as a simulcast guest shall pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, out of the money retained on that day to the collection and settlement agent an amount equal to one-half of one per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on that day on out-of-state simulcast racing programs simulcast to the simulcast guest from a simulcast host, to reimburse the simulcast host for administrative and simulcast costs.

(2) Within five business days after the close of each racing week, the collection and settlement agent shall pay and distribute to each simulcast host operating during that racing week its pro rata share of the fees collected from simulcast guests during that racing week. If a simulcast host acted as a host for day-simulcast racing programs only, then its share of the fees collected by the collection and settlement agent shall be computed and based on fees paid by simulcast guests offering such day-simulcast racing programs at their tracks. If a simulcast host acted as a simulcast host for evening-simulcast racing programs only, then its share of the fees shall be computed and based on fees paid by simulcast guests offering such evening-simulcast racing programs at their tracks. In making a calculation of the amount of fees to be distributed to simulcast hosts, the collection and settlement agent shall allocate equally between the accounts of simulcast hosts conducting only day-simulcast racing programs and only evening-simulcast racing programs those fees received by the agent from simulcast guests for simulcast racing programs that commenced on or after three p.m. and on or before before four p.m. the times listed in division (C)(2) of this section are standard time as described in section 1.04 of the Revised Code and in the "Uniform Time Act of 1966," 80 Stat. 107, 15 260 to 265.

(D)

(1) At the close of each day, each permit holder shall pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, out of the money retained on that day to the collection and settlement agent the intrastate simulcast fee provided in division (D) of section 3769.089 of the Revised Code in the amount equal to one and three-eighths per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on that day at its track or enclosure on live races conducted in this state and simulcast to its facility.

(2) Within five business days after the close of each racing week, the collection and settlement agent shall pay and distribute to permit holders that conducted live racing programs in this state during that racing week their share of the fees collected from other permit holders for that racing week.

(E) At the close of each day, each permit holder and satellite facility shall pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, out of the money retained on that day to the collection and settlement agent a sum equal to required fees due to tracks, racing associations, or state regulatory agencies located outside this state for races simulcast into this state based on the totals of all money wagered that day at its track or enclosure or satellite facility on simulcast racing programs of races conducted outside this state. The collection and settlement agent shall inform the permit holders and the satellite facilities each day of the fee charged by each track, racing association, or state regulatory agency located outside this state for the simulcast of simulcast racing programs on races conducted outside this state and simulcast into this state. The collection and settlement agent shall be responsible for paying and disbursing to these tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies on a timely basis the fees collected by it from permit holders and satellite facilities under this division.

(F) On or before the tenth day of each month, the collection and settlement agent shall file a report with the state racing commission showing all of the following:

(1) All collections of moneys and fees from permit holders and satellite facilities during the preceding calendar month;

(2) All payments and disbursements made by the agent to permit holders operating as simulcast hosts and the method of calculation of the share of each simulcast host;

(3) All payments and disbursements of required fees to tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies located outside this state from which there were simulcasts of simulcast racing programs into this state;

(4) Such other information regarding the performance of its duties under this section as the commission may request.

(G) All moneys and fees received and collected by the collection and settlement agent shall be deposited into, and disbursed from, separate bank accounts maintained with banks domiciled in this state established by the agent for this purpose, and no other funds or money of the agent or any other person shall be commingled with, deposited into, or withdrawn from the accounts. The collection and settlement agent may retain as its fee for services it provides and expenses it incurs in the performance of its duties under this section any interest earned on the bank accounts maintained by the agent under this division. The commission shall annually audit the bank account records, and the books and records, of the collection and settlement agent.

(H)

(1) The collection and settlement agent shall assist permit holders and satellite facilities in the settlement of wagering accounts between and among simulcast hosts, simulcast guests, and satellite facilities for intrastate simulcast racing programs.

(2) The collection and settlement agent on behalf of all permit holders and satellite facilities operating in this state shall be responsible for the settlement of wagering accounts for interstate simulcast racing programs with all tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies located outside this state. The agent shall notify each permit holder and satellite facility not less frequently than weekly of the amounts that may be due from it, or the amounts that may be due to it, for the settlement of wagering accounts on interstate simulcast racing programs simulcast into this state during the preceding race week. If a permit holder or satellite facility owes money for the settlement of wagering accounts for that racing week, it shall promptly pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, to the agent the amount due. From the amounts it collects, the agent shall pay and disburse to permit holders and satellite facilities and to tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies located outside this state, the amounts necessary to provide for the settlement of wagering accounts for that racing week.

(I) If a permit holder or satellite facility fails to timely pay and remit to the collection and settlement agent the money and fees provided for in this section and in sections 3769.089 and 3769.26 of the Revised Code, the agent shall promptly notify the commission, or if the collection and settlement agent fails to collect, pay, disburse, and account for, the moneys and fees in the manner provided for in this section, then in any such event or occurrence, based on the information in the commission's possession, the commission may issue an emergency order prohibiting the permit holder, satellite facility, or agent, as the case may be, from serving as a simulcast host or simulcast guest or from receiving any simulcast racing program, and conducting wagering thereon, at its track or satellite facility, until such time as the permit holder, satellite facility, or agent complies with the requirements of this section and sections 3769.089 and 3769.26 of the Revised Code in the manner and to the extent set forth in the commission's order. In addition, the commission may make an assessment against the permit holder, satellite facility, or agent, as the case may be, based on information in the commission's possession. The commission shall give the party assessed written notice of the assessment by personal service or certified mail. All assessments not paid within thirty days after service of the notice of assessment, shall bear interest at the rate per annum prescribed by section 5703.47 of the Revised Code computed from and after the date the assessment is made by the commission and entered in its official records until paid.

Unless the party to whom the notice of assessment is directed files with the commission, within thirty days after service of the notice of assessment, either personally or by certified mail, a petition for reassessment in writing, signed by the party assessed, or by the party's authorized agent having knowledge of the facts, the assessment shall become conclusive and the amount of the assessment, together with interest on it, shall be due and payable from the party assessed to the commission. The petition shall indicate the objections of the party assessed, but additional objections may be raised in writing if received prior to the date shown on the final determination by the commission.

Unless the petitioner waives a hearing, the commission shall assign a time and place for the hearing on the petition and notify the petitioner of the time and place of the hearing by personal service or certified mail, but the commission may continue the hearing from time to time if necessary.

The commission may make such correction to its assessment as it finds proper. The commission shall serve a copy of its final determination on the petitioner by personal service or certified mail, and its decision in the matter is final, subject to appeal under section 119.12 of the Revised Code.

After an assessment becomes final, if any portion of the assessment, or interest due on it, remains unpaid, a certified copy of the commission's entry making the assessment final may be filed in the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas in the county in which the track for which the permit was issued is located or the county in which the party assessed resides or has its principal place of business. If the party assessed maintains no place of business in this state and is not a resident of this state, the certified copy of the entry may be filed in the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas of Franklin county. The clerk, immediately upon the filing of such entry, shall enter a judgment for the state against the party assessed in the amount shown on the entry.

From the date of the filing of the entry in the clerk's office, any unpaid portion of the assessment, including the interest, shall bear interest at the rate per annum prescribed in section 5703.47 of the Revised Code and shall have the same effect as other judgments. Execution shall issue upon the judgment upon request of the commission, and all laws applicable to sales on execution apply to sales made under the judgment.

If the judgment is entered against the collection and settlement agent, the commission may immediately proceed against the agent's bond and surety for the full amount of the judgment and interest on it.

Any assessment, including interest on it, paid to or collected by the commission shall be deposited with the treasurer of state to the account of the commission, and the fee portion of such amount shall be distributed by the treasurer on order of the commission to the collection and settlement agent or to the permit holders and satellite facilities entitled to receive such fees, as the case may be under the circumstances.

(J) The commission may adopt rules for the implementation and administration of this section.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

3769.0810 [Effective 7/1/2015] Collection and settlement agent for simulcast fees.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Collection and settlement agent" means the permit holder designated by the state racing commission under division (B) of this section.

(2) "Racing week" means a seven-day period commencing on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.

(3) "Simulcast guest" and "simulcast host" have the same meanings as in section 3769.089 of the Revised Code.

(4) "Satellite facility" has the same meaning as in section 3769.25 of the Revised Code.

(5) "Settlement of wagering accounts" means the exchange of funds in order to equalize payments of winning wagers at all tracks and facilities participating in a common pari-mutuel pool.

(B) Except as provided in division (K) of this section, the state racing commission shall annually appoint as the collection and settlement agent one or more permit holders of tracks that hold no fewer than three fifty-six-day permits issued under section 3769.07 of the Revised Code. The collection and settlement agent shall give a cash or surety bond payable to the treasurer of state in an amount set by the commission for the performance of its duties under this section, and the bond shall be filed with the commission.

(C)

(1) At the close of each day, each permit holder acting as a simulcast guest shall pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, out of the money retained on that day to the collection and settlement agent an amount equal to one-half of one per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on that day on out-of-state simulcast racing programs simulcast to the simulcast guest from a simulcast host, to reimburse the simulcast host for administrative and simulcast costs.

(2) Within five business days after the close of each racing week, the collection and settlement agent shall pay and distribute to each simulcast host operating during that racing week its pro rata share of the fees collected from simulcast guests during that racing week. If a simulcast host acted as a host for day-simulcast racing programs only, then its share of the fees collected by the collection and settlement agent shall be computed and based on fees paid by simulcast guests offering such day-simulcast racing programs at their tracks. If a simulcast host acted as a simulcast host for evening-simulcast racing programs only, then its share of the fees shall be computed and based on fees paid by simulcast guests offering such evening-simulcast racing programs at their tracks. In making a calculation of the amount of fees to be distributed to simulcast hosts, the collection and settlement agent shall allocate equally between the accounts of simulcast hosts conducting only day-simulcast racing programs and only evening-simulcast racing programs those fees received by the agent from simulcast guests for simulcast racing programs that commenced on or after three p.m. and on or before four p.m. The times listed in division (C)(2) of this section are standard time as described in section 1.04 of the Revised Code and in the "Uniform Time Act of 1966," 80 Stat. 107, 15 U.S.C. 260 to 265.

(D)

(1) At the close of each day, each permit holder shall pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, out of the money retained on that day to the collection and settlement agent the intrastate simulcast fee provided in division (D) of section 3769.089 of the Revised Code in the amount equal to one and three-eighths per cent of the total of all moneys wagered on that day at its track or enclosure on live races conducted in this state and simulcast to its facility.

(2) Within five business days after the close of each racing week, the collection and settlement agent shall pay and distribute to permit holders that conducted live racing programs in this state during that racing week their share of the fees collected from other permit holders for that racing week.

(E) At the close of each day, each permit holder and satellite facility shall pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, out of the money retained on that day to the collection and settlement agent a sum equal to required fees due to tracks, racing associations, or state regulatory agencies located outside this state for races simulcast into this state based on the totals of all money wagered that day at its track or enclosure or satellite facility on simulcast racing programs of races conducted outside this state. The collection and settlement agent shall inform the permit holders and the satellite facilities each day of the fee charged by each track, racing association, or state regulatory agency located outside this state for the simulcast of simulcast racing programs on races conducted outside this state and simulcast into this state. The collection and settlement agent shall be responsible for paying and disbursing to these tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies on a timely basis the fees collected by it from permit holders and satellite facilities under this division.

(F) On or before the tenth day of each month, the collection and settlement agent shall file a report with the state racing commission showing all of the following:

(1) All collections of moneys and fees from permit holders and satellite facilities during the preceding calendar month;

(2) All payments and disbursements made by the agent to permit holders operating as simulcast hosts and the method of calculation of the share of each simulcast host;

(3) All payments and disbursements of required fees to tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies located outside this state from which there were simulcasts of simulcast racing programs into this state;

(4) Such other information regarding the performance of its duties under this section as the commission may request.

(G) All moneys and fees received and collected by the collection and settlement agent shall be deposited into, and disbursed from, separate bank accounts maintained with banks domiciled in this state established by the agent for this purpose, and no other funds or money of the agent or any other person shall be commingled with, deposited into, or withdrawn from the accounts. The collection and settlement agent may retain as its fee for services it provides and expenses it incurs in the performance of its duties under this section any interest earned on the bank accounts maintained by the agent under this division. The commission shall annually audit the bank account records, and the books and records, of the collection and settlement agent.

(H)

(1) The collection and settlement agent shall assist permit holders and satellite facilities in the settlement of wagering accounts between and among simulcast hosts, simulcast guests, and satellite facilities for intrastate simulcast racing programs.

(2) The collection and settlement agent on behalf of all permit holders and satellite facilities operating in this state shall be responsible for the settlement of wagering accounts for interstate simulcast racing programs with all tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies located outside this state. The agent shall notify each permit holder and satellite facility not less frequently than weekly of the amounts that may be due from it, or the amounts that may be due to it, for the settlement of wagering accounts on interstate simulcast racing programs simulcast into this state during the preceding race week. If a permit holder or satellite facility owes money for the settlement of wagering accounts for that racing week, it shall promptly pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, to the agent the amount due. From the amounts it collects, the agent shall pay and disburse to permit holders and satellite facilities and to tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies located outside this state, the amounts necessary to provide for the settlement of wagering accounts for that racing week.

(I) If a permit holder or satellite facility fails to timely pay and remit to the collection and settlement agent the money and fees provided for in this section and in sections 3769.089 and 3769.26 of the Revised Code, the agent shall promptly notify the commission, or if the collection and settlement agent fails to collect, pay, disburse, and account for, the moneys and fees in the manner provided for in this section, then in any such event or occurrence, based on the information in the commission's possession, the commission may issue an emergency order prohibiting the permit holder, satellite facility, or agent, as the case may be, from serving as a simulcast host or simulcast guest or from receiving any simulcast racing program, and conducting wagering thereon, at its track or satellite facility, until such time as the permit holder, satellite facility, or agent complies with the requirements of this section and sections 3769.089 and 3769.26 of the Revised Code in the manner and to the extent set forth in the commission's order. In addition, the commission may make an assessment against the permit holder, satellite facility, or agent, as the case may be, based on information in the commission's possession. The commission shall give the party assessed written notice of the assessment by personal service or certified mail. All assessments not paid within thirty days after service of the notice of assessment, shall bear interest at the rate per annum prescribed by section 5703.47 of the Revised Code computed from and after the date the assessment is made by the commission and entered in its official records until paid.

Unless the party to whom the notice of assessment is directed files with the commission, within thirty days after service of the notice of assessment, either personally or by certified mail, a petition for reassessment in writing, signed by the party assessed, or by the party's authorized agent having knowledge of the facts, the assessment shall become conclusive and the amount of the assessment, together with interest on it, shall be due and payable from the party assessed to the commission. The petition shall indicate the objections of the party assessed, but additional objections may be raised in writing if received prior to the date shown on the final determination by the commission.

Unless the petitioner waives a hearing, the commission shall assign a time and place for the hearing on the petition and notify the petitioner of the time and place of the hearing by personal service or certified mail, but the commission may continue the hearing from time to time if necessary.

The commission may make such correction to its assessment as it finds proper. The commission shall serve a copy of its final determination on the petitioner by personal service or certified mail, and its decision in the matter is final, subject to appeal under section 119.12 of the Revised Code.

After an assessment becomes final, if any portion of the assessment, or interest due on it, remains unpaid, a certified copy of the commission's entry making the assessment final may be filed in the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas in the county in which the track for which the permit was issued is located or the county in which the party assessed resides or has its principal place of business. If the party assessed maintains no place of business in this state and is not a resident of this state, the certified copy of the entry may be filed in the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas of Franklin county. The clerk, immediately upon the filing of such entry, shall enter a judgment for the state against the party assessed in the amount shown on the entry.

From the date of the filing of the entry in the clerk's office, any unpaid portion of the assessment, including the interest, shall bear interest at the rate per annum prescribed in section 5703.47 of the Revised Code and shall have the same effect as other judgments. Execution shall issue upon the judgment upon request of the commission, and all laws applicable to sales on execution apply to sales made under the judgment.

If the judgment is entered against the collection and settlement agent, the commission may immediately proceed against the agent's bond and surety for the full amount of the judgment and interest on it.

Any assessment, including interest on it, paid to or collected by the commission shall be deposited with the treasurer of state to the account of the commission, and the fee portion of such amount shall be distributed by the treasurer of state on order of the commission to the collection and settlement agent or to the permit holders and satellite facilities entitled to receive such fees, as the case may be under the circumstances.

(J) The commission may adopt rules for the implementation and administration of this section.

(K)

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, after sixty days notification to the commission, a permit holder may take responsibility for handling any payments and distributions required of a collection and settlement agent under this section for any or all related permits under common ownership in lieu of making the required payments and distributions through the collection and settlement agent designated by the state racing commission under division (B) of this section.

(2) Any permit holder having responsibility for payments and distributions required under division (K)(1) of this section shall, on or before the tenth day of each month, file a report with the state racing commission showing the following:

(a) All payments and disbursements made by the permit holder to permit holders operating as simulcast hosts and the method of calculation of the share of each simulcast host;

(b) All payments and disbursements of required fees to tracks, racing associations, and state regulatory agencies located outside this state from which there were simulcasts of simulcast racing programs into the permit holder facilities;

(c) Such other information regarding the performance of the permit holder's duties under this section as the commission may request.

(3) A permit holder having responsibility for payments and distributions required under division (K)(1) of this section may utilize an authorized agent to make the required payments and distributions.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.126, HB 386, §1, eff. 7/1/2015.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

3769.0811 Horse races conducted by agricultural society.

Horse races that are conducted by a county agricultural society or independent agricultural society in accordance with section 3769.082 of the Revised Code shall be conducted at the fairgrounds of the sponsoring agricultural society or, with the approval of the director of agriculture, at a track designated by the agricultural society in the applicable county. If the horse races cannot be contested due to unfavorable weather or another cause, the races may be transferred to a suitable track with the approval of the director.

If a county agricultural society or independent agricultural society is unable to conduct races in accordance with section 3769.082 of the Revised Code because of unfavorable weather or another cause or if the number of horse races and stake races that are conducted by an agricultural society is fewer than the number that was scheduled to be conducted, the pro rata remainder of the money distributed from the Ohio fairs fund created in section 3769.082 of the Revised Code for each horse race and stake race not conducted shall be returned to the director to be credited to the fund.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.42, HB 229, §1, eff. 10/17/2011.

3769.0812 Fees paid to thoroughbred jockeys.

Beginning in the calendar year after the first calendar year in which all thoroughbred permit holders receive a commission as a lottery sales agent for conducting video lottery terminal gaming on behalf of the state or on January 1, 2015, whichever occurs first, the fees to be paid to thoroughbred jockeys shall be according to the following schedule:

Purse Winning Mount Second Mount Third Mount Fourth Mount Losing Mount
Up to $5,999 10% of win purse $65 $60 $55 $50
$6,000 to $7,799 10% of win purse $75 $70 $65 $60
$7,800 to $9,999 10% of win purse 5% of place purse $75 $70 $65
$10,000 to $17,999 10% of win purse 5% of place purse $85 $80 $75
$18,000 to $24,999 10% of win purse 5% of place purse 5% of show purse $85 $80
$25,000 to $49,999 10% of win purse 5% of place purse 5% of show purse $95 $85
$50,000 to $74,999 10% of win purse 5% of place purse 5% of show purse $100 $90
$75,000 and up 10% of win purse 5% of place purse 5% of show purse 5% of fourth purse $105

As used in this section, "win purse" means the amount paid the winning horse less the fees paid by the owner to enter the horse in the race.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.126, HB 386, §1, eff. 6/11/2012.

3769.09 Commission to employ racing inspectors.

The state racing commission shall employ a racing inspector to attend each horse-racing meeting, held under a permit issued under sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code. Such racing inspector shall give bond in the sum of five thousand dollars with sufficient sureties to be approved by and made payable to the treasurer of state, which bond shall be filed with the secretary of state. Such racing inspectors [inspector] shall be paid a salary fixed pursuant to Chapter 124. of the Revised Code. Such racing inspector shall have full and free access to the books, records, and papers pertaining to the pari-mutuel system of wagering and to the enclosure or space where the pari-mutuel system is conducted at any horse-racing meeting to which he shall be assigned, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the holder of such permit is retaining the proper amount of commission. Such racing inspector shall investigate and ascertain whether such sections or rules promulgated by the commission are being violated at such race track or enclosure. Upon discovering any such violation, such racing inspector shall immediately report his findings in writing and under oath to the commission for such action as it may deem fitting and proper.

Effective Date: 06-22-1984

3769.091 Imposing fines and suspensions.

The state racing commission may delegate to the stewards and judges of racing meetings under the jurisdiction of the commission the power to suspend licenses for not to exceed one year and to impose fines not to exceed one thousand dollars for any violation of the rules or orders of the commission, provided that two of such officials shall concur in such suspension. Any suspension of a license by such officials is valid even though the suspension extends beyond the period of the racing meeting for which such officials have been appointed. The suspension shall be effective at all other race meetings under the jurisdiction of the commission. Any fine or suspension may be appealed to the commission. Such appeal shall stay the fine or suspension until further action by the commission.

Effective Date: 09-27-1994

3769.10 Enforcement of chapter - taxes, fees.

The state racing commission and the tax commissioner shall enforce this chapter and may incur such expenses as are necessary; provided, that the power of the tax commissioner shall extend only to enforcement and administration of the taxes levied by sections 3769.08, 3769.087, 3769.26, and 3769.28 of the Revised Code as provided in those sections and in sections 3769.088, 3769.101, 3769.102, 3769.103, 5703.05, 5703.17 to 5703.37, 5703.39, 5703.41, and 5703.45 of the Revised Code. The commissioner may adopt, in accordance with section 5703.14 of the Revised Code, such rules as the commissioner considers necessary to administer sections 3769.08, 3769.087, 3769.088, 3769.101, 3769.102, 3769.103, 3769.26, and 3769.28 of the Revised Code.

Except as otherwise provided in section 3769.03 of the Revised Code, all taxes, fees, and moneys due the state under sections 3769.01 to 3769.071 and 3769.09 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code shall be paid to, and receipted for by, the secretary of the state racing commission, and shall be paid by the secretary weekly into the state treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund. All taxes due the state under sections 3769.08, 3769.087, and 3769.26 of the Revised Code shall be paid to, and receipted for by, the tax commissioner, and shall be paid by the commissioner monthly into the proper funds.

All vouchers of the commission shall be approved by the commission chairperson or secretary, or both, as authorized by the commission.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 10/1/2013.

Effective Date: 09-29-1997

3769.101 Horse-racing tax revenue fund.

(A) For the purposes of receiving, distributing, and accounting for revenue received from the taxes levied by sections 3769.08, 3769.087, and 3769.26 of the Revised Code, there is hereby created in the state treasury the horse-racing tax revenue fund.

(B) All moneys collected from the taxes imposed by sections 3769.08, 3769.087, and 3769.26 of the Revised Code shall be deposited into the horse-racing tax revenue fund.

(C) On or before the fifteenth day of each month, the tax commissioner shall pay into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund, Ohio fairs fund, Ohio thoroughbred race fund, Ohio standardbred development fund, Ohio quarter horse fund, and state racing commission operating fund created under this chapter the amounts required by sections 3769.08, 3769.087, and 3769.26 of the Revised Code based on amounts received in the preceding month.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 10/1/2013.

3769.102 Horse-racing tax municipality fund.

(A) For the purpose of receiving, distributing, and accounting for revenue received from the tax levied by section 3769.28 of the Revised Code, there is hereby created in the state treasury the horse-racing tax municipality fund.

(B) All moneys collected from the tax imposed by section 3769.28 of the Revised Code shall be deposited into the horse-racing tax municipality fund.

(C) On or before the fifteenth day of each month, the tax commissioner shall provide for payments from the horse-racing tax municipality fund to municipal corporations or townships in which a permit holder's horse-racing meeting took place and in which any facilities or accessory uses therefor were located based on amounts received in the preceding month from the permit holder. The amount collected from a permit holder pursuant to section 3769.28 of the Revised Code shall be divided equally between the municipal corporations or townships in which a permit holder's horse-racing meeting took place and in which any facilities or accessory uses therefor were located. Such municipal corporations or townships may distribute a portion of the moneys so received to any adjoining political subdivision that incurs increased expenses because of such a horse-racing meeting.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 10/1/2013.

3769.103 Remittance of tax due.

(A) On each day on which banks are open for business, or not later than noon of the calendar day following a racing day on which banks are not open for business, a permit holder shall remit the amount of tax due under sections 3769.08, 3769.087, and 3769.26 of the Revised Code in the manner required by the commissioner. The permit holder shall file with the tax due a report in the form required by the commissioner. The report shall reflect the activity of the previous racing day and include any other information the commissioner considers necessary to administer the taxes imposed under sections 3769.08, 3769.087, and 3769.26 of the Revised Code.

(B) Within ten days after the close of a horse-racing meeting, a permit holder shall remit the amount of tax due under section 3769.28 of the Revised Code in the manner required by the commissioner. The permit holder shall file with the tax due the final report required pursuant to section 3769.28 of the Revised Code in the form required by the commissioner. The report shall include any information the commissioner considers necessary to administer the tax imposed by section 3769.28 of the Revised Code.

(C) The commissioner may require permit holders to use the Ohio business gateway to file reports and remit the tax, or may provide for another means for taxpayers to file and remit the tax electronically.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 10/1/2013.

3769.11 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-01-1996

3769.12 Duty of county sheriffs.

The county sheriff shall enforce sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 , inclusive, of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3769.13 Damaged track - permit to hold meeting elsewhere.

(A) Any person, association, trust, or corporation owning, leasing, or operating a race track, place, or enclosure which has been damaged by fire or other cause and at which in any year such a person, association, trust, or corporation has held or conducted a horse-racing meeting under a permit issued by the state racing commission, may be issued a permit by said commission to hold or conduct a horse-racing meeting at any one other track, place, or enclosure for not more than an aggregate of fifty-six racing days in the calendar year for which such permit is issued, provided:

(1) The damaged race track, place, or enclosure has not been repaired or restored to its previous condition at the time the permit is issued;

(2) The permit is issued within two years after the damage was incurred.

(B) The permits provided for in divisions (A), (C), and (D) of this section shall be issued in conformity with and subject to sections 3769.01 to 3769.14 of the Revised Code, except that the restriction contained in section 3769.07 of the Revised Code against the issuing of a permit for the holding or conducting of a horse-racing meeting for more than an aggregate of fifty-six racing days in any one calendar year for any one race track, place, or enclosure shall not be applicable to a race track, place, or enclosure at which a horse-racing meeting is held under a permit issued pursuant to this section, and except that if more than one permit holder has conducted horse-racing meetings at the same race track pursuant to divisions (A), (C), and (D) of this section, the permits may be consolidated or held under one permit holder with the consent of all current permit holders and the approval of the racing commission.

(C) Any person, association, trust, or corporation operating or conducting a horse-racing meeting at a race track in 1974 under license from the commission, or successor in interest to such person, association, trust, or corporation, shall be issued a permit by the commission to conduct a horse-racing meeting at any other race track, if the race track is within fifty miles of the race track at which racing was conducted in 1974, and the facilities of the race track to which it is sought to remove are substantially better than the facilities of the race track from which it is sought to remove. In the event of the removal, no other person, association, trust, or corporation, or successor in interest to the person, association, trust, or corporation, excepting however, a fair or agricultural society, may conduct racing under license from the commission at the race track from which said permit was removed.

(D) Any person, association, trust, or corporation to whom a permit has been issued under section 3769.06 of the Revised Code but who is unable to conduct a horse-racing meeting on any of the days authorized by the permit because of damage by fire or other cause to the race track, place, or enclosure where the horse-racing meeting was to occur shall be issued a permit by the commission authorizing the unused racing days to be used during the next three successive years for which a permit is issued under section 3769.06 of the Revised Code, except that the commission shall not issue a permit authorizing the future use of the unused days if it has reasonable cause to believe that the actions or negligence of the permit holder substantially contributed to the damage suffered by the track.

Effective Date: 03-29-1988

3769.131 Consolidating permits.

Notwithstanding sections 3769.07 and 3769.13 of the Revised Code, any person operating or conducting a horse-racing meeting at any race track, place, or enclosure in 1990 under a permit issued by the state racing commission, or the successor in interest to such person, may, with the approval of the commission, consolidate and hold in one entity all permits issued by the commission for horse racing at the same race track, place, or enclosure, as were held in 1990. Any such consolidation of permits shall have no effect on the number of racing days authorized to the holder of the permits by this chapter.

Effective Date: 04-11-1991

3769.14 Submission of question of prohibiting horse racing - duties of board of elections.

If there is presented to the board of elections of any county a petition, sworn to in the manner provided by section 3513.27 of the Revised Code and signed by thirty-five per cent of the qualified and registered electors, where such qualified electors are required to be registered to enjoy the privilege of suffrage, as shown by the most recent general election, but in no event shall such petition contain less than thirty-five hundred signatures of qualified electors, requesting that there be submitted at a general election or at a special election, at the discretion of the board, the issue, "Shall licensed horse racing be prohibited throughout this county for a period of .......... (not to exceed five) years?", the board shall submit such issue to the electors of said county in the manner provided by section 3505.06 of the Revised Code. If a majority of the electors voting on said issue vote "yes" thereon, the state racing commission shall have no jurisdiction thereafter to license meetings in said county for the number of years, not exceeding five, specified in said petition. If a majority of the electors voting on said issue or question vote "no" thereon, such issue or question shall not again be submitted to a vote until the expiration of the time set forth in the petition on which the question or issue was submitted.

When the board of any county has received such petition and accepted it as valid, it shall notify the commission of said petition, and the commission shall not issue a permit for racing in said county between the time of filing said petition and the general or special election.

Effective Date: 08-22-1995

3769.15, 3769.16 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-01-1996

3769.17 Change of name for purpose of entry.

The name of a horse, mare, gelding, colt, or filly for entry for competition in a contest of speed shall not be changed after having contested for a prize, purse, premium, stake, or sweepstake, except as provided by the printed rules of the society or association under which such contest is advertised to be conducted.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3769.18 Determination of class for purpose of entry.

The class to which a horse belongs for an entry in a contest of speed shall be determined by its public performance in former contests or trials of speed, as provided by the printed rules of the society or association under which such contest is advertised to be conducted.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

3769.19 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-01-1996

3769.20 Major capital improvement project tax reduction.

(A) To encourage the renovation of existing racing facilities for the benefit of the public, breeders, and horse owners and to increase the revenue to the state from the increase in pari-mutuel wagering resulting from such improvement, the taxes paid by a permit holder to the state, in excess of the amount paid into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund, shall be reduced by one per cent of the total amount wagered for those permit holders who carry out a major capital improvement project. The percentage of the reduction that may be taken each racing day shall equal seventy-five per cent of the amount of the taxes levied under divisions (B) and (C) of section 3769.08 , section 3769.087 , and division (F)(2) of section 3769.26 of the Revised Code, as applicable, divided by the calculated amount each fund should receive under divisions (B) and (C) of section 3769.08 , section 3769.087 , and division (F)(2) of section 3769.26 of the Revised Code and the reduction provided for in this section. If the resulting percentage is less than one, that percentage shall be multiplied by the amount of the reduction provided for in this section. Otherwise, the permit holder shall receive the full reduction provided for in this section. The amount of the allowable reduction not received shall be carried forward and added to any other reduction balance and applied against future tax liability. After any reductions expire, any reduction carried forward shall be treated as a reduction as provided for in this section. If the amount of allowable reduction exceeds the amount of taxes derived from a permit holder, the amount of the allowable reduction not used may be carried forward and applied against future tax liability.

If more than one permit holder is authorized to conduct racing at the facility that is being improved, the cost of the major capital improvement project shall be allocated between or among all the permit holders in the ratio that each permit holder's number of racing days bears to the total number of racing days conducted at the facility.

A reduction for a major capital improvement project shall start from the day racing is first conducted following the date on which the major capital improvement project is completed and the construction cost has been approved by the state racing commission, except as otherwise provided in division (E) of this section, and shall continue until the total tax reduction equals the cost of the major capital improvement project plus debt service applicable to the project. In no event, however, shall any tax reduction, excluding any reduction balances, be permitted under this section after December 31, 2017. The total tax reduction because of the major capital improvement project shall not during any one year exceed for all permit holders using any one track one per cent of the total amount wagered. The racing commission shall notify the tax commissioner when the reduction of tax begins and when it ends.

(B) Each fiscal year, the racing commission shall submit a report to the tax commissioner, the office of budget and management, and the legislative service commission. The report shall identify each capital improvement project undertaken under this section and in progress at each race track, indicate the total cost of each project, state the tax reduction that resulted from each project during the immediately preceding fiscal year, estimate the tax reduction that will result from each project during the current fiscal year, state the total tax reduction that resulted from all such projects at all race tracks during the immediately preceding fiscal year, and estimate the total tax reduction that will result from all such projects at all race tracks during the current fiscal year.

(C) The tax reduction granted pursuant to this section shall be in addition to any tax reductions for capital improvements and new race tracks provided for in section 3769.08 of the Revised Code and approved by the racing commission.

(D) In order to qualify for the reduction in tax, a permit holder shall apply to the racing commission in such form as the commission may require and shall provide full details of the major capital improvement project, including plans and specifications, a schedule for the project's construction and completion, and a breakdown of proposed costs. In addition, the permit holder shall have commenced construction of the major capital improvement project or shall have had the application for the project approved by the racing commission prior to March 29, 1988. The racing commission shall not approve an application unless the permit holder shows that a contract for the major capital improvement project has been let under an unrestricted competitive bidding procedure, unless the contract is exempted by the controlling board because of its unusual nature. In determining whether to approve an application, the racing commission shall consider whether the major capital improvement project will promote the safety, convenience, and comfort of the racing public and horse owners and generally tend toward the improvement of racing in this state.

(E) If the major capital improvement project is approved by the racing commission and construction has started, the tax reduction may be authorized by the commission upon presentation of copies of paid bills in excess of five hundred thousand dollars. After the initial authorization, the permit holder shall present copies of paid bills in the amount of not less than five hundred thousand dollars. If the permit holder is in substantial compliance with the schedule for construction and completion of the major capital improvement project, the racing commission may authorize the continuance of the tax reduction upon the presentation of the additional paid bills in increments of five hundred thousand dollars. The racing commission may terminate the tax reduction if a permit holder fails to complete the major capital improvement project or fails to comply substantially with the schedule for construction and completion of the major capital improvement project. If the time for completion of the major capital improvement project is delayed by acts of God, strikes, or the unavailability of labor or materials, the time for completion as set forth in the schedule shall be extended by the period of the delay. If a permit holder fails to complete the major capital improvement project, the racing commission shall order the permit holder to repay to the state the total amount of tax reduced, unless the permit holder has spent at least six million dollars on the project. The normal tax paid by the permit holder under section 3769.08 of the Revised Code shall be increased by one per cent of the total amount wagered until the total amount of the additional tax collected equals the total amount of tax reduced. Any action taken by the racing commission pursuant to this section in terminating the tax adjustment or requiring repayment of the amount of tax reduced shall be subject to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(F) As used in this section, "major capital improvement project" means the renovation, reconstruction, or remodeling, costing at least six million dollars, of a race track facility, including, but not limited to, the construction of barns used exclusively for that race track facility, backstretch facilities for horsemen, paddock facilities, pari-mutuel and totalizator equipment and appurtenances to that equipment purchased by the track, new access roads, new parking areas, the complete reconstruction, reshaping, and leveling of the racing surface and appurtenances, grandstand enclosure, installation of permanent new heating or air conditioning, roof replacement, and installations of a permanent nature forming a part of the track structure.

(G) The cost and expenses to which the tax reduction granted under this section applies shall be determined by generally accepted accounting principles and be verified by an audit of the permit holder's records, upon completion of the major capital improvement project, either by the racing commission or by an independent certified public accountant selected by the permit holder and approved by the commission.

(H) This section and section 3769.201 of the Revised Code govern any tax reduction granted to a permit holder for the cost to the permit holder of any cleanup, repair, or improvement required as a result of damage caused by the 1997 Ohio river flood to the place, track, or enclosure for which the permit is issued.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2011.

Effective Date: 06-06-2001

3769.201 Cleanup, repair or improvement related to 1997 Ohio river flood tax reduction.

The holder of a permit issued under section 3769.06 of the Revised Code may apply to the state racing commission for the tax reduction available under section 3769.20 of the Revised Code for the cost to the permit holder of any cleanup, repair, or improvement required as a result of damage caused by the 1997 Ohio river flood to the place, track, or enclosure for which the permit is issued. As part of the application, the permit holder shall submit evidence of payment of the cost of the cleanup, repair, or improvement. The commission shall approve the tax reduction in the amount of the cost to the permit holder, net of any insurance proceeds, of any cleanup, repair, or improvement the commission determines was required as a result of damage caused by the flood. The permit holder need not have followed unrestricted competitive bidding procedures as required under section 3769.20 of the Revised Code to qualify for the reduction under this section.

The permit holder shall claim the tax reduction under this section in the same manner as if it were a tax reduction for a major capital improvement project under section 3769.20 of the Revised Code. The percentage of the reduction that may be taken each racing day shall equal the percentage allowed for a reduction under section 3769.20 of the Revised Code. A reduction under this section shall be in addition to, and shall be taken after completion of, a reduction approved under section 3769.20 or division (J) of section 3769.08 of the Revised Code. A permit holder shall not take a reduction under this section for a repair or improvement for which a reduction is taken under section 3769.20 or division (J) of section 3769.08 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999

3769.21 Thoroughbred horsemen's health and retirement fund.

(A) A corporation may be formed pursuant to Chapter 1702. of the Revised Code to establish a thoroughbred horsemen's health and retirement fund and a corporation may be formed pursuant to Chapter 1702. of the Revised Code to establish a harness horsemen's health and retirement fund to be administered for the benefit of horsemen. As used in this section, "horsemen" includes any person involved in the owning, breeding, training, grooming, or racing of horses which race in Ohio, except for the owners or managers of race tracks. For purposes of the thoroughbred horsemen's health and retirement fund, "horsemen" also does not include trainers and grooms who are not members of the thoroughbred horsemen's organization in this state. No more than one corporation to establish a thoroughbred horsemen's health and retirement fund and no more than one corporation to establish a harness horsemen's health and retirement fund may be established in Ohio pursuant to this section. The trustees of the corporation formed to establish a thoroughbred horsemen's health and retirement fund shall have the discretion to determine which horsemen shall benefit from such fund.

(B) The articles of incorporation of both of the corporations described in division (A) of this section shall provide for at least the following:

(1) The corporation shall be governed by, and the health and retirement fund shall be administered by, a board of three trustees appointed pursuant to division (C) of this section for staggered three-year terms.

(2) The board of trustees shall adopt and administer a plan to provide health benefits, retirement benefits, or both to either thoroughbred or harness horsemen.

(3) The sum paid to the corporation pursuant to division (G) or (H) of section 3769.08 of the Revised Code shall be used exclusively to establish and administer the health and retirement fund, and to finance benefits paid to horsemen pursuant to the plan adopted under division (B)(2) of this section.

(4) The articles of incorporation and code of regulations of the corporation may be amended at any time by the board of trustees pursuant to the method set forth in the articles of incorporation and code of regulations, except that no amendment shall be adopted which is inconsistent with this section.

(C) Within sixty days after the formation of each of the corporations described in division (A) of this section, the state racing commission shall appoint the members of the board of trustees of that corporation. Vacancies shall be filled by the state racing commission in the same manner as initial appointments. Each trustee of the thoroughbred horsemen's health and retirement fund appointed by the commission shall be active as a thoroughbred horseman while serving a term as a trustee and shall have been active as a thoroughbred horseman for at least five years immediately prior to the commencement of any such term. Each trustee of the harness horsemen's health and retirement fund appointed by the commission shall be active as a harness horseman while serving a term as a trustee and shall have been active as a harness horseman for at least five years immediately prior to the commencement of any such term. The incorporators of either such corporation may serve as initial trustees until the state racing commission acts pursuant to this section to make these appointments.

(D) The intent of the general assembly in enacting this section pursuant to Amended House Bill No. 639 of the 115th general assembly was to fulfill a legitimate government responsibility in a manner that would be more cost efficient and effective than direct state agency administration by permitting nonprofit corporations to be formed to establish health and retirement funds for the benefit of harness and thoroughbred horsemen, as it was determined that such persons were in need of such benefits.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

3769.22 Participation in national racing compact.

(A) The general assembly finds and declares all of the following:

(1) A national racing compact, comprised of states that are party to the compact, exists to provide for the licensure and regulation of individuals involved in the horse racing industry.

(2) The intent of the compact is to prevent individual owners, trainers, jockeys, drivers, backstretch employees, totalizator employees, farriers, concessionaires, veterinarians, and other persons involved in live horse racing upon which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted from having to be licensed in each state in which they may conduct business.

(3) The compact authorizes the individuals described in division (A)(2) of this section to be licensed in occupational categories established by the compact committee that oversees the compact and, thus, to be able to practice their occupation in all states that are parties to the compact.

(4) The purposes of the compact are to do all of the following:

(a) Establish uniform requirements among the states that are parties to the compact for the licensure of the individuals described in division (A)(2) of this section and to ensure that all of those individuals licensed pursuant to the compact meet a uniform minimum standard of honesty and integrity;

(b) Facilitate the growth of the horse racing industry in each state that is a party to the compact and throughout the country by simplifying the licensing process for the individuals described in division (A)(4)(a) of this section and by reducing the duplicative and costly process of separate licensing by the applicable agency in each state that is a party to the compact;

(c) Provide for participation in the compact by officials of the states that are parties to the compact, and permit those officials, through the compact committee established by the compact, to enter into contracts with governmental agencies and nongovernmental persons and entities to carry out the purposes of the compact;

(d) Establish the compact committee as an interstate governmental entity authorized to request and receive criminal record history information from the federal bureau of investigation, other federal law enforcement agencies, the royal Canadian mounted police, law enforcement agencies of other nations, and state and local law enforcement agencies.

(5) Both of the following apply under the compact:

(a) No state that is party to the compact, including that state's racing commission or equivalent agency, is liable for the debts or other financial obligations incurred by the compact committee.

(b) No official of a state that is a party to the compact or employee of the compact committee is personally liable for any act the official or employee performs or omits to perform in good faith while carrying out the official's or employee's responsibilities and duties under the compact.

(B)

(1) The state racing commission is hereby authorized to enter into and participate in the compact described in division (A) of this section for the purposes described in that division.

(2) The participation of this state and the commission in the compact shall not have any of the following consequences:

(a) Result in the diminution of any applicable existing standards governing the issuance, denial, suspension, or revocation of a license issued under section 3769.03 of the Revised Code;

(b) Prevent the enforcement of any statute or rule affecting the holder of any such license;

(c) Relieve any individual or entity of its duty to obtain any such license or pay any license fee;

(d) Make the state or the commission liable for the debts or other financial obligations incurred by the compact committee;

(e) Make any officer or employee of this state personally liable for any act the official or employee performs or omits to perform in good faith while carrying out the official's or employee's responsibilities and duties under the compact.

(3) The commission shall designate an individual to represent this state and the commission on the compact committee in the administration of the compact.

Effective Date: 04-04-2007

3769.25 Satellite facility definitions.

As used in sections 3769.25 to 3769.27 of the Revised Code, unless the context requires otherwise:

(A) "Simulcast" means the telecast, for wagering purposes, of audio and visual signals of live horse races conducted at facilities either inside or outside this state.

(B) "Track" means any place, track, or enclosure where a permit holder conducts live horse racing for profit at a race meeting.

(C) "Permit holder" means a corporation, trust, partnership, limited partnership, association, person, or group of persons issued a permit under this chapter to conduct a racing meeting, other than the holder of a permit issued for a racing meeting at a county fair or an independent fair.

(D) "Simulcast host" has the same meaning as in section 3769.089 of the Revised Code.

(E) "Satellite facility" means any facility that is approved by the state racing commission and at which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted under section 3769.26 of the Revised Code. "Satellite facility" does not include a track.

(F) "Collection and settlement agent" has the same meaning as in section 3769.0810 of the Revised Code.

(G) "Approval of the appropriate local legislative authority" means the enactment of an ordinance or resolution by the legislative authority of the municipal corporation where a satellite facility is proposed to be located or, if a satellite facility is proposed to be located in an unincorporated area, by the board of township trustees of the township where the satellite facility is proposed to be located, that approves the location of the satellite facility in the municipal corporation or the unincorporated area. "Approval of the appropriate local legislative authority" also means the failure of the legislative authority of a municipal corporation or the board of township trustees of a township to take a vote to enact an ordinance or resolution described in this division within sixty days after the ordinance or resolution is first introduced before the legislative authority or board.

Effective Date: 09-19-1996

3769.26 Establishing satellite facilities.

(A)

(1) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, each track in existence on September 27, 1994, regardless of the number of permit holders authorized to conduct race meetings at the track, may establish, with the approval of the state racing commission and the appropriate local legislative authority, not more than two satellite facilities at which it may conduct pari-mutuel wagering on horse races conducted either inside or outside this state and simulcast by a simulcast host to the satellite facilities.

(2) Prior to a track's establishing satellite facilities under this section, the permit holders at that track shall agree among themselves regarding their respective rights and obligations with respect to those satellite facilities.

(3)

(a) Any track that desires to establish a satellite facility shall provide written notification of its intent to the state racing commission and to the appropriate local legislative authority that is required to approve the satellite facility, together with detailed plans and specifications for the satellite facility. The commission shall deliver copies of this notification to all other tracks in this state, and the commission shall, within forty-five days after receiving the notification, hold a hearing on the track's intent to establish a satellite facility. At this hearing the commission shall consider the evidence presented and determine whether the request for establishment of a satellite facility shall be approved.

The commission shall not approve a track's request to establish a satellite facility if the owner of the premises where the satellite facility is proposed to be located or if the proposed operator of the satellite facility has been convicted of or has pleaded guilty to a gambling offense that is a felony or any other felony under the laws of this state, any other state, or the United States that the commission determines to be related to fitness to be the owner of such a premises or to be the operator of a satellite facility. As used in division (A)(3)(a) of this section, "gambling offense" has the same meaning as in section 2915.01 of the Revised Code and "operator" means the individual who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a satellite facility. The commission shall conduct a background investigation on each person who is the owner of a premises where a satellite facility is proposed to be located or who is proposed to be the operator or an employee of a satellite facility. The commission shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that specify the specific information the commission shall collect in conducting such a background investigation.

No track shall knowingly contract with a person as the owner of the premises where a satellite facility is located, or knowingly employ a person as the operator or an employee of a satellite facility, who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a gambling offense that is a felony or any other felony under the laws of this state, any other state, or the United States that the commission determines to be related to fitness to be the owner of such a premises or to be the operator or an employee of a satellite facility. The commission may impose a fine in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars on any track that violates any of these prohibitions.

(b) Each track that receives the notification described in division (A)(3)(a) of this section shall notify the commission and the track that desires to establish the satellite facility, within thirty days after receiving the notification from the commission, indicating whether or not it desires to participate in the joint ownership of the facility. Ownership shall be distributed equally among the tracks that choose to participate in the joint ownership of the facility unless the participating tracks agree to and contract otherwise. Tracks that fail to respond to the commission and the track that desires to establish the satellite facility within this thirty-day period regarding the ownership of the particular satellite facility are not eligible to participate in its ownership.

(B) If, within three years after September 27, 1994, a track in existence on September 27, 1994, does not establish both of the satellite facilities it is authorized to establish under division (A) of this section, another track, with the approval of the racing commission, may establish in accordance with this section a number of additional satellite facilities that does not exceed the number of satellite facilities that the first track did not establish. However, no more than fourteen satellite facilities may be established in this state.

(C) Except as otherwise provided in this division, each permit holder in this state shall allow the races that it conducts, and the races conducted outside this state that it receives as a simulcast host, to be simulcast to all satellite facilities operating in this state and shall take all action necessary to supply its simulcast and wagering information to these satellite facilities. A permit holder at a track where the average daily amount wagered for all race meetings during calendar year 1990 did not exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars may elect not to simulcast its races to the satellite facilities. If a permit holder at such a track chooses to simulcast its races to satellite facilities, it shall allow its races to be simulcast to all satellite facilities operating in this state. Except as otherwise provided in this division, each satellite facility shall receive simulcasts of and conduct pari-mutuel wagering on all live racing programs being conducted at any track in this state and on all agreed simulcast racing programs, as provided in division (D) of section 3769.089 of the Revised Code, conducted in other states that are received by simulcast in this state, without regard to the breed of horse competing in the race or the time of day of the race.

No satellite facility may receive simulcasts of horse races during the same hours that a county fair or independent fair located within the same county as the satellite facility is conducting pari-mutuel wagering on horse races at that county or independent fair.

Except as otherwise provided in this division, the commission shall not approve the establishment of a satellite facility within a radius of fifty miles of any track. The commission may approve the establishment of a satellite facility at a location within a radius of at least thirty-five but not more than fifty miles from one or more tracks if all of the holders of permits issued for those tracks consent in writing to the establishment of the satellite facility. The commission may approve the establishment of a satellite facility at a location within a radius of thirty-five miles of more than one race track if all holders of permits issued for those tracks consent in writing to the establishment of the satellite facility and, if the tracks are located completely within one county and the proposed satellite facility will be located within that county, if both the legislative authority of the municipal corporation in that county with the largest population, and the appropriate legislative authority that is required to approve the satellite facility under division (A)(1) of this section, approve the establishment of the new satellite facility. The commission may approve the establishment of a satellite facility at a location within a radius of less than twenty miles from an existing satellite facility if the owner of the existing satellite facility consents in writing to the establishment of the new satellite facility.

A satellite facility shall not receive simulcasts of horse races conducted outside this state on any day when no simulcast host is operating.

(D) Each simulcast host is responsible for paying all costs associated with the up-link for simulcasts. Each satellite facility is responsible for paying all costs associated with the reception of simulcasts and the operation of the satellite facility.

(E) All money wagered at the simulcast host, and all money wagered at all satellite facilities on races simulcast from the simulcast host, shall be included in a common pari-mutuel pool at the simulcast host. Except as otherwise provided in division (F)(6) of this section, the payment shall be the same for all winning tickets whether a wager is placed at a simulcast host or a satellite facility. Wagers placed at a satellite facility shall conform in denomination, character, terms, conditions, and in all other respects to wagers placed at the simulcast host for the same race.

(F)

(1) As used in division (F) of this section, "effective rate" means the effective gross tax percentage applicable at the simulcast host, determined in accordance with sections 3769.08 and 3769.087 of the Revised Code, after combining the money wagered at the simulcast host with the money wagered at satellite facilities on races simulcast from the host track.

(2) For the purposes of calculating the amount of taxes to be paid and the amount of commissions to be retained by permit holders, fifty per cent of the amount wagered at satellite facilities on a live racing program simulcast from a simulcast host shall be allocated to the permit holder's live race wagering at that simulcast host that conducts the live racing program, and fifty per cent of the amount wagered at satellite facilities on simulcast racing programs conducted outside this state shall be allocated to, and apportioned equally among, the permit holders acting as simulcast hosts for the out-of-state simulcast racing programs. The remainder of the amount wagered at a satellite facility on races simulcast from a simulcast host shall be allocated to the satellite facility. In computing the tax due on the amount allocated to the satellite facility, if there is more than one simulcast host for out-of-state simulcast racing programs, the effective rate applied by the satellite facility shall be the tax rate applicable to the simulcast host that pays the highest effective rate under section 3769.08 of the Revised Code on such simulcast racing programs.

(3) The portion of the amount wagered that is allocated to a simulcast host under division (F)(2) of this section shall be treated, for the purposes of calculating the amount of taxes to be paid and commissions to be retained, as having been wagered at the simulcast host on a live racing program or on a simulcast racing program. The permit holder at the simulcast host shall pay, in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, as a tax, the tax specified in sections 3769.08 and 3769.087 of the Revised Code, as applicable, except that the tax shall be calculated using the effective rate, and the permit holder may retain as a commission the percentage of the amount wagered as specified in those sections. From the tax collected, the tax commissioner shall make distributions to the respective funds, and in the proper amounts, as required by sections 3769.08 and 3769.087 of the Revised Code, as applicable.

(4) From the portion of the amount wagered that is allocated to a satellite facility under division (F)(2) of this section, the satellite facility may retain as a commission the amount specified in section 3769.08 or 3769.087 of the Revised Code, as applicable. The portion of the amount wagered that is allocated to a satellite facility shall be subject to tax at the effective rate as follows:

(a) One per cent of such amount allocated to the satellite facility shall be paid as a tax each racing day to the tax commissioner for deposit into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund.

(b) The remaining balance of the taxes calculated at the effective rate, after payment of the tax specified in division (F)(4)(a) of this section, shall be retained by the satellite facility to pay for those costs associated with the reception of the simulcasts.

(5) From the commission retained by a satellite facility after the deduction of the tax paid at the effective rate under division (F)(4) of this section, the satellite facility shall retain an amount equal to two and three-eighths per cent of the amount wagered that day on simulcast racing programs and the balance shall be divided as follows:

(a) One-half shall be paid to the owner of the satellite facility;

(b) One-half shall be paid to the state racing commission for deposit into the Ohio combined simulcast horse racing purse fund.

(6) In addition to the commission retained under this section, a satellite facility shall retain two and one-half per cent of the amount that would otherwise be paid on each winning wager unless the retention of this amount would either cause or add to a minus pool. As used in division (F)(6) of this section, "minus pool" means a wagering pool in which a winning wager is paid off at less than one hundred ten per cent of the amount of the wager. The amount retained shall be paid each racing day to the tax commissioner for deposit into the nursing home franchise permit fee fund.

(7) At the close of each day, each satellite facility shall pay, by check, draft, or money order, or by wire transfer of funds, out of the money retained on that day to the collection and settlement agent the required fee to be paid by the simulcast host to the tracks, racing associations, or state regulatory agencies located outside this state for simulcasts into this state computed and based on one-half of the amount wagered at the satellite facility that day on interstate simulcast racing programs.

(G) No license, fee, or excise tax, other than as specified in division (F)(6) of this section, shall be assessed upon or collected from a satellite facility, the owners of a satellite facility, or the holders of permits issued for a track that has established a satellite facility by any county, township, municipal corporation, district, or other body having the authority to assess or collect a tax or fee.

(H) In no case shall that portion of the commissions designated for purses from satellite facilities be less than that portion of those commissions designated for purses at the simulcast host.

(I) It is the intention of the general assembly in enacting this section not to adversely affect the amounts paid into the Ohio thoroughbred race fund created under section 3769.083 of the Revised Code. Therefore, each track that acts as a simulcast host under this section shall calculate, on a semi-annual basis during calendar years 1994, 1995, and 1996, its average daily contribution to the Ohio thoroughbred race fund created under section 3769.083 of the Revised Code on those days on which the track conducted live horse racing. If this average daily contribution to the fund is less than the average daily contribution from the same track to the fund during the same six-month period of calendar year 1992, there shall be contributed to the fund an amount equal to the average daily shortfall multiplied by the number of days of live racing conducted during the six-month period in calendar year 1994, 1995, or 1996, as applicable. The amount of such contribution shall be allocated among the simulcast host, the purse program at the simulcast host, and the satellite facilities for which the track served as the simulcast host, on a pro rata basis in proportion to the amounts contributed by them to the fund during such six-month period in calendar year 1994, 1995, or 1996, as applicable.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 10/1/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2011.

Effective Date: 07-26-1997

3769.27 Local option election.

(A) If a petition is presented, not later than four p.m. of the ninetieth day before the day of a general or primary election, to the board of elections of any county, signed by qualified electors of the county equal in number to at least ten per cent of the total number of votes cast in the county for the office of governor at the preceding general election for that office, but signed by at least five hundred electors, requesting that there be submitted the question "shall satellite facilities that receive simulcasts of live horse races and that conduct wagering on those simulcasts be prohibited throughout this county for a period of ....... (not to exceed five) years?", the board of elections shall submit this question to the electors of the county on the day of the next general or primary election, whichever occurs first, in the manner provided by law for the submission of questions and issues. The board of elections shall notify the state racing commission of the results of the election on the question.

(B) If a majority of the electors voting on the question set forth in division (A) of this section vote "yes," the state racing commission shall have no jurisdiction thereafter to approve satellite facilities in that county for the number of years, not exceeding five, specified in the petition. If a majority of the electors voting on the question set forth in division (A) of this section vote "no," this question shall not again be submitted to a vote in the county until the expiration of the time set forth in the petition. When the board of elections of any county has received a petition and accepted it as valid, it shall so notify the commission and the commission shall not approve a satellite facility in that county between this notification and the day of the general or primary election.

(C) Once a proposed satellite facility receives the approval of the appropriate local legislative authority, a petition seeking an election under this section in the county where the proposed satellite facility will be located is invalid unless the date of signing of each signature on the petition that is counted by the board of elections to meet the number of signatures required by division (A) of this section is a date within ninety days after the date of the approval of the appropriate local legislative authority for the proposed satellite facility.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.29, HB 48, §1, eff. 7/2/2010.

Effective Date: 09-27-1994

3769.28 Collecting additional tax for benefit of local subdivisions.

Within ten days after the close of a horse-racing meeting, each permit holder who conducts a pari-mutuel system of wagering where the wagering is less than five million dollars shall remit, in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, a sum of money equal to one-tenth of one per cent of the total amount wagered and where the wagering is five million dollars or more a sum of money equal to fifteen hundredths of one per cent of the total amount wagered during any horse-racing meeting for the purpose of providing operating revenue for the political subdivisions wherein such meetings are held. Within ten days after the close of a meeting, the permit holder shall also prepare and transmit, in the manner prescribed under section 3769.103 of the Revised Code, to the tax commissioner a final report showing the total amount wagered during the horse-racing meeting and any other information required by the commissioner relative to the tax levied by this section.

This section shall not apply to any agricultural society which holds a horse-racing permit.

The amount collected under this section from any one permit holder shall not exceed fifteen thousand dollars from any one horse-racing meeting in any calendar year.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 10/1/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.117, HB 508, §1, eff. 9/6/2012.

Effective Date: 10-12-1994

3769.99 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-01-1996