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Act 279 of 1995
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HORSE RACING LAW OF 1995

Act 279 of 1995

AN ACT to license and regulate the conducting of horse race meetings in this state with pari-mutuel wagering on the results of horse races and persons involved in horse racing and pari-mutuel gaming activities at such race meetings; to create the office of racing commissioner; to prescribe the powers and duties of the racing commissioner; to prescribe certain powers and duties of the department of agriculture and the director of the department of agriculture; to provide for the promulgation of rules; to provide for the imposition of taxes and fees and the disposition of revenues; to impose certain taxes; to create funds; to legalize and permit the pari-mutuel method of wagering on the results of live and simulcast races at licensed race meetings in this state; to appropriate the funds derived from pari-mutuel wagering on the results of horse races at licensed race meetings in this state; to prescribe remedies and penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.


History: 1995, Act 279, Imd. Eff. Jan. 9, 1996


© 2017 Legislative Council, State of Michigan

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

DocumentTypeDescription
Section 431.301SectionShort title.
Section 431.302SectionDefinitions.
Section 431.303SectionOffice of racing commissioner; creation; powers and duties of racing commissioner.
Section 431.304SectionRacing commissioner; appointment; qualifications; individuals prohibited from wagering.
Section 431.305SectionRacing commissioner; oath of office.
Section 431.306SectionRacing commissioner; salary; appointment of deputy commissioners and state stewards as special deputies; powers and duties; employment of other personnel; record of proceedings and preservation of documents; annual report.
Section 431.306aSectionHorse racing advisory commission; creation; membership; appointment; terms; removal; chairperson; meetings; business at public meetings; writings subject to MCL 15.231 to 15.246.
Section 431.307SectionRules; security; sanctions; approval of certain extensions, additions, modifications, or improvements; compelling production of books, records, memoranda, data, and documents; removal of employee or official; compliance; failure of witness to appear or testify; false testimony as felony; penalty.
Section 431.308SectionIssuance of licenses; general classes; prohibition.
Section 431.309SectionTrack license; issuance; validity; application; grant or denial of license; review; transfer to new racetrack owner; suspension or revocation of license; imposition of fine; appeal; prohibition.
Section 431.309aSectionToll-free compulsive gaming helpline number; posting.
Section 431.309bSectionPoint of sale device or automatic teller machine service located on license holder's premises; preventing access to cash benefits from Michigan bridge card; definition.
Section 431.310SectionThoroughbred or standardbred race meeting; live and simulcast horse races; race meeting license; application; filing; investigation to determine compliance.
Section 431.312SectionApplicant for license to conduct thoroughbred or standardbred race meeting; live racing and simulcast requirements; amended license.
Section 431.313SectionContracts with certified horsemen's organizations.
Section 431.314SectionGrant or denial of application for race meeting license; conditions for simulcast authorization; charitable organization; imposition of fine or revocation or suspension of license; notice; appeal; maintenance of account for deposit of money.
Section 431.315SectionStatement of receipts; filing; certification; availability to public; preparation; review; remittance of money due state or other entities; licensure of person and racetrack required.
Section 431.316SectionOccupational license; issuance; persons required to be licensed; exception; conditions to licensure; additional requirements; fingerprints; duties and responsibilities of trainer; suspension of occupational license; notice; hearing; appeal; license fee.
Section 431.317SectionLawful forms of pari-mutuel wagering; preapproval by racing commissioner required; use of totalisator or other device; commission retained by holder of race meeting license; definitions; retention and payment of breaks; payoff prices of tickets; "minus pool" defined; patron less than 18 years old prohibited; wagering to occur at licensed race meeting; prohibited conduct; felony; penalty; "act or transaction relative to pari-mutuel wagering on results of live or simulcast horse races" defined.
Section 431.318SectionSimulcast; authorization; permit; conditions; wagering; pools; providing equipment and simulcast signals to other licensees; fees; simulcasting other events prohibited; definitions.
Section 431.319SectionPayment into horsemen's simulcast purse account; disposition; distribution.
Section 431.319aSectionSurrender, revocation, or escrow of license; transfer of purse pool money.
Section 431.319bSectionMoney placed in escrow before effective date of amendatory act; use by September 1, 2017.
Section 431.320SectionMichigan agriculture and equine industry development fund; payments to programs; carrying forward appropriated and allotted money; deposit in compulsive gaming prevention fund; rules.
Section 431.321SectionPolice, fire, and traffic protection.
Section 431.322SectionLicense fee and tax.
Section 431.323SectionAudits.
Section 431.324SectionProhibited dissemination of racing information.
Section 431.325SectionDisclosure of certain information; confidentiality.
Section 431.326SectionApplicability of act to county or state fairs or agricultural or livestock exhibitions.
Section 431.327SectionWagering prohibited; exception.
Section 431.328SectionAssessment or collection of tax or fees prohibited; exception.
Section 431.329SectionAiding, assisting, or abetting violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
Section 431.330SectionAdministration of drug or foreign substance.
Section 431.331SectionProhibited acts; violation as misdemeanor; penalty; exceptions.
Section 431.332SectionInfluencing or attempting to influence result of race or workout as felony; penalty.
Section 431.333SectionInformation regarding violation of MCL 431.330, 431.331, or 431.332; violation as misdemeanor; penalty.
Section 431.334SectionAdditional penalties.
Section 431.335SectionRepeal of MCL 431.61 to 431.88.
Section 431.336SectionEffective date.
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