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 .
Related Legislative Provision: See 129th General AssemblyFile No.126, HB 386, §3 .
See 129th General AssemblyFile No.44, HB 277, §3 .