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HB 7145

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A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to pari-mutuel permitholders; amending s.
3550.002, F.S.; revising the definition of the term "full
4schedule of live racing or games" in reference to quarter
5horse permitholders; amending s. 550.334, F.S.; revising
6provisions for permits to conduct quarter horse race
7meetings; removing provisions for application to the
8Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering for a permit to conduct
9quarter horse race meetings; removing provisions for
10granting a license to conduct quarter horse racing;
11removing a provision for governance and control of quarter
12horse racing; revising authorization to substitute races
13of other breeds of horses; providing for an exception to a
14prohibition against the transfer or conversion of a
15quarter horse permit; providing requirements for a quarter
16horse racing permitholder to be eligible to conduct
17intertrack wagering; providing requirements for a quarter
18horse racing permitholder to be eligible to operate a
19cardroom; removing certain provisions restricting
20intertrack wagering; creating s. 550.3345, F.S.; providing
21for the transfer of a quarter horse racing permit to a
22not-for-profit corporation; providing for membership and
23purpose of such corporation; providing for conversion of
24such permit to a limited thoroughbred permit; requiring
25net revenues derived by the not-for-profit corporation to
26be used for certain purposes relating to the thoroughbred
27horse racing industry; prohibiting live racing in certain
28locations during certain times; providing licensure
29requirements; providing for a change in location of the
30permit; prohibiting transfer of the converted permit;
31providing for application of state law to the permit and
32the corporation; providing an exception to certain
33provisions for failure to pay tax on handle; amending s.
34551.106, F.S.; revising the license fee and tax rate for
35slot machine licensees; providing for minimum tax revenue
36from operation of slot machines; amending s. 849.086,
37F.S.; revising requirements for initial issuance of a
38cardroom license; requiring the permitholder to be
39licensed to conduct a full schedule of live racing or
40games during the state fiscal year in which the initial
41cardroom license is issued; permitting cardroom operators
42to operate 24 hours per day; increasing certain wager and
43buy-in limits; permitting charity tournaments under
44certain conditions; providing effective dates, including a
45contingent effective date.
46
47Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
48
49     Section 1.  Subsection (11) of section 550.002, Florida
50Statutes, is amended to read:
51     550.002  Definitions.--As used in this chapter, the term:
52     (11)  "Full schedule of live racing or games" means, for a
53greyhound or jai alai permitholder, the conduct of a combination
54of at least 100 live evening or matinee performances during the
55preceding year; for a permitholder who has a converted permit or
56filed an application on or before June 1, 1990, for a converted
57permit, the conduct of a combination of at least 100 live
58evening and matinee wagering performances during either of the 2
59preceding years; for a jai alai permitholder who does not
60operate slot machines in its pari-mutuel facility, who has
61conducted at least 100 live performances per year for at least
6210 years after December 31, 1992, and whose handle on live jai
63alai games conducted at its pari-mutuel facility has been less
64than $4 million per state fiscal year for at least 2 consecutive
65years after June 30, 1992, the conduct of a combination of at
66least 40 live evening or matinee performances during the
67preceding year; for a jai alai permitholder who operates slot
68machines in its pari-mutuel facility, the conduct of a
69combination of at least 150 performances during the preceding
70year; for a harness permitholder, the conduct of at least 100
71live regular wagering performances during the preceding year;
72for a quarter horse permitholder conducting live regular
73wagering performances at its facility, the conduct of at least
7420 live regular wagering performances in state fiscal year 2010-
752011, the conduct of at least 30 live regular wagering
76performances in state fiscal year 2011-2012 and in state fiscal
77year 2012-2013, and the conduct of at least 40 live regular
78wagering performances in state fiscal year 2013-2014 and every
79state fiscal year thereafter, or for a quarter horse
80permitholder conducting live regular wagering performances at
81its facility, an alternative schedule of at least 20 live
82regular wagering performances may be substituted if agreed to by
83the permitholder and either the Florida Quarter Horse Racing
84Association or the horsemen's association representing the
85majority of the horse owners and trainers at the facility and
86filed with the division with the permitholder's annual date
87application; for a quarter horse permitholder leasing another
88licensed racetrack, the conduct of 160 events at the leased
89facility during the preceding year; and for a thoroughbred
90permitholder, the conduct of at least 40 live regular wagering
91performances during the preceding year. For a permitholder which
92is restricted by statute to certain operating periods within the
93year when other members of its same class of permit are
94authorized to operate throughout the year, the specified number
95of live performances which constitute a full schedule of live
96racing or games shall be adjusted pro rata in accordance with
97the relationship between its authorized operating period and the
98full calendar year and the resulting specified number of live
99performances shall constitute the full schedule of live games
100for such permitholder and all other permitholders of the same
101class within 100 air miles of such permitholder. A live
102performance must consist of no fewer than eight races or games
103conducted live for each of a minimum of three performances each
104week at the permitholder's licensed facility under a single
105admission charge.
106     Section 2.  Section 550.334, Florida Statutes, is amended
107to read:
108     550.334  Quarter horse racing; substitutions.--
109     (1)  Subject to all the applicable provisions of this
110chapter, any person who possesses the qualifications prescribed
111in this chapter may apply to the division for a permit to
112conduct quarter horse race meetings and racing under this
113chapter. The applicant must demonstrate that the location or
114locations where the permit will be used are available for such
115use and that she or he has the financial ability to satisfy the
116reasonably anticipated operational expenses of the first racing
117year following final issuance of the permit. If the racing
118facility is already built, the application must contain a
119statement, with reasonable supporting evidence, that the permit
120will be used for quarter horse racing within 1 year after the
121date on which it is granted; if the facility is not already
122built, the application must contain a statement, with reasonable
123supporting evidence, that substantial construction will be
124started within 1 year after the issuance of the permit. After
125receipt of an application, the division shall convene to
126consider and act upon permits applied for. The division shall
127disapprove an application if it fails to meet the requirements
128of this chapter. Upon each application filed and approved, a
129permit shall be issued setting forth the name of the applicant
130and a statement showing qualifications of the applicant to
131conduct racing under this chapter. If a favorable referendum on
132a pari-mutuel facility has not been held previously within the
133county, then, before a quarter horse permit may be issued by the
134division, a referendum ratified by a majority of the electors in
135the county is required on the question of allowing quarter horse
136races within that county.
137     (2)  After a quarter horse racing permit has been granted
138by the division, the department shall grant to the lawful holder
139of such permit, subject to the conditions of this section, a
140license to conduct quarter horse racing under this chapter; and
141the division shall fix annually the time when, place where, and
142number of days upon which racing may be conducted by such
143quarter horse racing permitholder. After the first license has
144been issued to the holder of a permit for quarter horse racing,
145all subsequent annual applications for a license by a
146permitholder must be accompanied by proof, in such form as the
147division requires, that the permitholder still possesses all the
148qualifications prescribed by this chapter. The division may
149revoke any permit or license issued under this section upon the
150willful violation by the licensee of any provision of this
151chapter or any rule adopted by the division under this chapter.
152The division shall revoke any quarter horse permit under which
153no live racing has ever been conducted before July 7, 1990, for
154failure to conduct a horse meet pursuant to the license issued
155where a full schedule of horseracing has not been conducted for
156a period of 18 months commencing on October 1, 1990, unless the
157permitholder has commenced construction on a facility at which a
158full schedule of live racing could be conducted as approved by
159the division. "Commenced construction" means initiation of and
160continuous activities beyond site preparation associated with
161erecting or modifying a horseracing facility, including
162procurement of a building permit applying the use of approved
163construction documents, proof of an executed owner/contractor
164agreement or an irrevocable or binding forced account, and
165actual undertaking of foundation forming with steel installation
166and concrete placing. The 18-month period shall be extended by
167the division, to the extent that the applicant demonstrates to
168the satisfaction of the division that good faith commencement of
169the construction of the facility is being delayed by litigation
170or by governmental action or inaction with respect to
171regulations or permitting precluding commencement of the
172construction of the facility.
173     (1)(3)  The operator of any licensed racetrack is
174authorized to lease such track to any quarter horse racing
175permitholder for the conduct of quarter horse racing under this
176chapter.
177     (4)  Section 550.054 is inapplicable to quarter horse
178racing as permitted under this section. All other provisions of
179this chapter apply to, govern, and control such racing, and the
180same must be conducted in compliance therewith.
181     (2)(5)  Quarter horses participating in such races must be
182duly registered by the American Quarter Horse Association, and
183before each race such horses must be examined and declared in
184fit condition by a qualified person designated by the division.
185     (3)(6)  Any quarter horse racing days permitted under this
186chapter are in addition to any other racing permitted under the
187license issued the track where such quarter horse racing is
188conducted.
189     (4)(7)(a)  Any quarter horse racing permitholder operating
190under a valid permit issued by the division is authorized to
191substitute races of other breeds of horses, except
192thoroughbreds, which are, respectively, registered with the
193American Paint Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Arabian
194Horse Registry of America, Palomino Horse Breeders of America,
195or United States Trotting Association, or for no more than 50
196percent of the quarter horse races daily, and may substitute
197races of thoroughbreds registered with the Jockey Club for no
198more than 50 percent of the quarter horse races during its meet
199daily with the written consent of all greyhound, harness, and
200thoroughbred permitholders whose pari-mutuel facilities are
201located within 50 air miles of such quarter horse racing
202permitholder's pari-mutuel facility.
203     (b)  Any permittee operating within an area of 50 air miles
204of a licensed thoroughbred track may not substitute thoroughbred
205races under this section while a thoroughbred horse race meet is
206in progress within that 50 miles. Any permittee operating within
207an area of 125 air miles of a licensed thoroughbred track may
208not substitute live thoroughbred races under this section while
209a thoroughbred permittee who pays taxes under s. 550.09515(2)(a)
210is conducting a thoroughbred meet within that 125 miles. These
211mileage restrictions do not apply to any permittee that holds a
212nonwagering permit issued pursuant to s. 550.505.
213     (5)(8)  Except as provided in s. 550.3345, a quarter horse
214permit issued pursuant to this section is not eligible for
215transfer or conversion to another type of pari-mutuel operation.
216     (6)(9)  Any nonprofit corporation, including, but not
217limited to, an agricultural cooperative marketing association,
218organized and incorporated under the laws of this state may
219apply for a quarter horse racing permit and operate racing meets
220under such permit, provided all pari-mutuel taxes and fees
221applicable to such racing are paid by the corporation. However,
222insofar as its pari-mutuel operations are concerned, the
223corporation shall be considered to be a corporation for profit
224and is subject to taxation on all property used and profits
225earned in connection with its pari-mutuel operations.
226     (7)  To be eligible to conduct intertrack wagering, a
227quarter horse racing permitholder must have conducted a full
228schedule of live racing in the preceding year and, to operate a
229cardroom, a quarter horse racing permitholder must be licensed
230to conduct a full schedule of live racing in the initial year of
231cardroom licensure.
232     (10)  Intertrack wagering shall not be authorized for any
233quarter horse permitholder without the written consent of all
234greyhound, harness, and thoroughbred permitholders whose pari-
235mutuel facilities are located within 50 air miles of such
236quarter horse permitholder's pari-mutuel facility.
237     Section 3.  Section 550.3345, Florida Statutes, is created
238to read:
239     550.3345  Conversion of quarter horse permit to a limited
240thoroughbred permit.--
241     (1)  In recognition of the important and long-standing
242economic contribution of the thoroughbred horse breeding
243industry to this state and the state's vested interest in
244promoting the continued viability of this agricultural activity,
245the state intends to provide a limited opportunity for the
246conduct of live thoroughbred horse racing with the net revenues
247from such racing dedicated to the enhancement of thoroughbred
248purses and breeders', stallion, and special racing awards under
249this chapter; the general promotion of the thoroughbred horse
250breeding industry; and the care in this state of thoroughbred
251horses retired from racing.
252     (2)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the holder
253of a quarter horse racing permit issued under s. 550.334 may,
254within 1 year after the effective date of this section, apply to
255the division for a transfer of the quarter horse racing permit
256to a not-for-profit corporation formed under state law to serve
257the purposes of the state as provided in subsection (1). The
258board of directors of the not-for-profit corporation must be
259comprised of 11 members, 4 of whom shall be designated by the
260applicant, 4 of whom shall be designated by the Florida
261Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, and 3 of whom shall be
262designated by the other 8 directors, with at least 1 of these 3
263members being an authorized representative of another
264thoroughbred permitholder in this state. The not-for-profit
265corporation shall submit an application to the division for
266review and approval of the transfer in accordance with s.
267550.054. Upon approval of the transfer by the division, and
268notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the
269not-for-profit corporation may, within 1 year after its receipt
270of the permit, request that the division convert the quarter
271horse racing permit to a permit authorizing the holder to
272conduct pari-mutuel wagering meets of thoroughbred racing.
273Neither the transfer of the quarter horse racing permit nor its
274conversion to thoroughbred racing shall be subject to the
275mileage limitation set forth in s. 550.054(2) or to a
276ratification election under s. 550.0651. Upon receipt of the
277request for such conversion, the division shall timely issue a
278converted permit. The converted permit and the not-for-profit
279corporation shall be subject to the following requirements:
280     (a)  All net revenues derived by the not-for-profit
281corporation under the thoroughbred horse racing permit, after
282the funding of operating expenses and capital improvements,
283shall be dedicated to the enhancement of thoroughbred purses and
284breeders', stallion, and special racing awards under this
285chapter; the general promotion of the thoroughbred horse
286breeding industry; and the care in this state of thoroughbred
287horses retired from racing.
288     (b)  From December 1 through April 30, no live thoroughbred
289racing may be conducted under the permit on any day during which
290another thoroughbred permitholder is conducting live
291thoroughbred racing within 125 air miles of the not-for-profit
292corporation's pari-mutuel facility unless the other thoroughbred
293permitholder gives its written consent.
294     (c)  After the conversion of the quarter horse racing
295permit and the issuance of its initial license to conduct pari-
296mutuel wagering meets of thoroughbred racing, the not-for-profit
297corporation shall annually apply to the division for a license
298pursuant to s. 550.5251(2)-(5).
299     (d)  Racing under the permit may take place only at the
300location for which the original quarter horse racing permit was
301issued, which may be leased by the not-for-profit corporation
302for that purpose; however, the not-for-profit corporation may,
303without the conduct of any ratification election pursuant to ss.
304550.054(13) or 550.0651, move the location of the permit to
305another location in the same county provided that such
306relocation is approved under the zoning and land use regulations
307of the applicable county or municipality.
308     (e)  No permit converted under this section is eligible for
309transfer to another person or entity.
310     (3)  Unless otherwise provided in this section, after
311conversion, the permit and the not-for-profit corporation shall
312be treated under the laws of this state as a thoroughbred permit
313and as a thoroughbred permitholder, respectively, with the
314exception of s. 550.09515(3).
315     Section 4.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) and paragraph
316(a) of subsection (2) of section 551.106, Florida Statutes, are
317amended to read:
318     551.106  License fee; tax rate; penalties.--
319     (1)  LICENSE FEE.--
320     (a)  Upon submission of the initial application for a slot
321machine license and annually thereafter, on the anniversary date
322of the issuance of the initial license, the licensee must pay to
323the division a nonrefundable license fee of $2 $3 million for
324the succeeding 12 months of licensure. The license fee shall be
325deposited into the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund of the
326Department of Business and Professional Regulation to be used by
327the division and the Department of Law Enforcement for
328investigations, regulation of slot machine gaming, and
329enforcement of slot machine gaming provisions under this
330chapter. These payments shall be accounted for separately from
331taxes or fees paid pursuant to the provisions of chapter 550.
332     (2)  TAX ON SLOT MACHINE REVENUES.--
333     (a)  The tax rate on slot machine revenues at each facility
334shall be two times the percentage rate specified in that section
335of a gaming compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and
336the State of Florida applicable to tribal gaming revenues for
337the purpose of determining the annual revenue share that the
338Seminole Tribe of Florida is obligated to pay to the state
339pursuant to such gaming compact that has been ratified by the
340Legislature and has been approved by either the Secretary of the
341United States Department of the Interior or by operation of
342federal law. If, at the end of any fiscal year, the aggregate
343amount of slot machine revenues paid to the state by all
344operating slot machine licensees in Broward and Miami-Dade
345Counties under this paragraph is less than $140 million, each
346slot machine licensee shall pay to the state within 45 days
347after the end of the fiscal year a surcharge equal to its pro
348rata share of the difference. Each pro rata share shall be an
349amount proportional to the number of facilities licensed to
350operate slot machines, regardless of whether the facility is
351operating such machines. The tax rate on slot machine revenues
352at each facility shall be 50 percent.
353     Section 5.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (5), paragraph (b)
354of subsection (7), and subsection (8) of section 849.086,
355Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
356     849.086  Cardrooms authorized.--
357     (5)  LICENSE REQUIRED; APPLICATION; FEES.--No person may
358operate a cardroom in this state unless such person holds a
359valid cardroom license issued pursuant to this section.
360     (a)  Only those persons holding a valid cardroom license
361issued by the division may operate a cardroom. A cardroom
362license may only be issued to a licensed pari-mutuel
363permitholder and an authorized cardroom may only be operated at
364the same facility at which the permitholder is authorized under
365its valid pari-mutuel wagering permit to conduct pari-mutuel
366wagering activities. An initial cardroom license shall only be
367issued to a pari-mutuel permitholder if the permitholder is
368licensed to conduct a full schedule of live racing or games as
369defined in s. 550.002(11) during the state fiscal year in which
370the initial cardroom license is issued.
371     (7)  CONDITIONS FOR OPERATING A CARDROOM.--
372     (b)  Any horserace, greyhound race, or jai alai
373permitholder licensed under this section may operate a cardroom
374at the pari-mutuel facility for 24 hours per day on any day for
375a cumulative amount of 12 hours if the permitholder meets the
376requirements under paragraph (5)(b).
377     (8)  METHOD OF WAGERS; LIMITATION.--
378     (a)  No wagering may be conducted using money or other
379negotiable currency. Games may only be played utilizing a
380wagering system whereby all players' money is first converted by
381the house to tokens or chips which shall be used for wagering
382only at that specific cardroom.
383     (b)  The cardroom operator may limit the amount wagered in
384any game or series of games, but the maximum bet may not exceed
385$50 $5 in value. There may not be more than three raises in any
386round of betting. The fee charged by the cardroom for
387participation in the game shall not be included in the
388calculation of the limitation on the bet amount provided in this
389paragraph. However, a cardroom operator may conduct games of
390Texas Hold-em without a betting limit if the required player
391buy-in is no more than $1,000 $100.
392     (c)  A tournament shall consist of a series of games. The
393entry fee for a tournament, including any re-buys, may not
394exceed the maximum amount that could be wagered by a participant
395in 10 like-kind, nontournament games under paragraph (b).
396Tournaments may be played only with tournament chips that are
397provided to all participants in exchange for an entry fee and
398any subsequent re-buys. All players must receive an equal number
399of tournament chips for their entry fee. Tournament chips have
400no cash value and represent tournament points only. There is no
401limitation on the number of tournament chips that may be used
402for a bet except as otherwise determined by the cardroom
403operator. Tournament chips may never be redeemed for cash or for
404any other thing of value. The distribution of prizes and cash
405awards must be determined by the cardroom operator before entry
406fees are accepted. For purposes of tournament play only, the
407term "gross receipts" means the total amount received by the
408cardroom operator for all entry fees, player re-buys, and fees
409for participating in the tournament less the total amount paid
410to the winners or others as prizes.
411     (d)  In each of its facilities, a cardroom operator may
412hold up to two celebrity or charity poker tournaments per year
413that are not subject to the limitations and restrictions imposed
414by this section, provided that 100 percent of the gross
415receipts, as defined in paragraph (c), from each poker
416tournament are donated to a charitable organization organized
417pursuant to s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Such
418celebrity or charity poker tournament may not be played over
419more than 8 calendar days. The payments made to charitable
420organizations pursuant to this paragraph shall not be calculated
421as gross receipts for the purpose of calculating tax payments
422due to the state under paragraph (13)(a).
423     Section 6.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2009, except
424that the amendments to section 551.106, Florida Statutes, made
425by this act shall take effect only upon the date that the
426Legislature ratifies an Indian gaming compact between the State
427and the Seminole Tribe of Florida and is approved or deemed
428approved by the Secretary of the United States Department of the
429Interior as evidenced by publication of the executed compact in
430the Federal Register.


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