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09.10.03 - Racing Commission - Proposed Regulations

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 43, ISSUE 13,
FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

Title 09 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING, AND REGULATION

Subtitle 10 RACING COMMISSION

09.10.03 Prohibited Acts

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §11-210, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[16-149-P]

The Maryland Racing Commission proposes to amend:
  (1) Regulation .25 under COMAR 09.10.01 Thoroughbred Rules; and
  (2) Regulation .19 under COMAR 09.10.02 Harness Racing.
This action was considered by the Maryland Racing Commission at a public meeting held on May 6, 2016, notice of which was posted on the agency’s website, pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to eliminate the license fee an individual must pay when applying for a license with the Maryland Racing Commission.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. It is estimated that the elimination of these license fees would reduce the General Fund of the State by $240,000 per year.

Revenue (R+/R-)
 
II. Types of Economic
Impact.
Expenditure
(E+/E-)
Magnitude

A. On issuing agency:
 Thoroughbred and
standardbred license fees
NONE
(R-)

$240,000
 
B. On other State agencies: NONE  
 
C. On local governments: NONE
 
Benefit (+)
Cost (-)
Magnitude

D. On regulated industries or trade groups:
 Thoroughbred and
standardbred license fees
NONE

(-)
 

$240,000
E. On other industries or trade groups: NONE
 
F. Direct and indirect effects on public:
  Borrowers
NONE  

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
  A. By eliminating these fees the General Fund of the State would be decreased.
  D. By eliminating these fees, all individuals who are required to have a license issued by the Maryland Racing Commission would not be required to pay the fee associated with the particular license applied for.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to J. Michael Hopkins, Executive Director, Maryland Racing Commission, 300 E. Towsontown Boulevard, or call Towson, Maryland 21286, or email to mike.hopkins@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-296-9687. Comments will be accepted through July 25, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the Maryland Racing Commission during a public meeting to be held on September 20, 2016, at Laurel Park, Laurel, Maryland.

09.10.01 Thoroughbred Rules

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §11-210, Annotated Code of Maryland

.25 Licenses and Registrations.
  A. The following persons are required to take out a license from, or register with, the Commission[, and the annual fee is as follows]:
    (1) Licenses:
      (a) Owner [(original) — $50;
      (b) Owner (renewal) — $25];
      [(c)] (b) Trainer [(original) — $50;
      (d) Trainer (renewal) — $25];
      [(e)] (c) Assistant trainer — $25];
      [(f)] (d) Jockey [— $25];
      [(g)] (e) Apprentice jockey [— $25];
      [(h)] (f) Jockey agent [— $25];
      [(i)] (g) Pari-mutuel employee [— $5];
      [(j)] (h) Stable employee [— $5];
      [(k)] (i) Track employee [— $5];
      [(l)] (j) Vendor [— $5];
      [(m)] (k) Veterinarian [— $25];
      [(n)] (l) Farrier [— $10];
      [(o)] (m) Exercise rider[— $5].
    (2) Registrations:
      (a) Authorized agent[— $10];
      (b) Stable name [— $75].
  B. [The appropriate fee shall accompany each application for licensure or registration.
  C.] License and Registration Expiration.
    (1) A license or registration issued under §A(1)(a)—[(h)] (f) or §A(2) of this regulation shall expire on December 31 of the year for which it was issued.
    (2) A license issued under §A(1)[(i)—(o)] (g)—(m) of this regulation shall expire on June 30 of each year[:].
      [(a) Before June 30, 1998, shall expire on June 30, 1998;
      (b) After June 30, 1998, shall expire on June 30 of the year following its issuance.]

09.10.02 Harness Racing

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §§11-210 and 11-634, Annotated Code of Maryland

.19 Licenses and Registrations.
        A. The following persons are required to take out a license from, or register with, the Commission[, and the annual fee is as follows]:
    (1) Licenses:
      (a) Trainer [ — $25];
      (b) Owner [—renewal — $25;
      (c) Owner — original — $50;]
      [(d)] (c) Driver [— $25];
      [(e)] (d) Farrier [— $10];
      [(f)] (e) Pari-mutuel employee [— $5];
      [(g)] (f) Stable employee [— $5];
      [(h)] (g) Track employee [— $5];
      [(i)] (h) Veterinarian [— $25];
      [(j)] (i) Vendor [— $5];
      [(k)] (j) Track manager [— $50].
    (2) Registrations:
      (a) Authorized agent [— $10];
      (b) Corporate or stable name [— $75].
  B. [The appropriate fee shall accompany each application for licensure or registration.
  C.] License and Registration Expiration.
    (1) A license or registration issued under §A(1)(a)—[(d)] (c) or §A (2) of this regulation shall expire on December 31 of the final year for which it was issued.
    (2) A license issued under §A(1)[(e)—(k)] (d)—(j) of this regulation shall expire on June 30 of each year[:].
      [(a) Before June 30, 1998, shall expire on June 30, 1998; and
      (b) After June 30, 1998, shall expire on June 30 of the year following its issuance.]

J. MICHAEL HOPKINS
Executive Director