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      RS 27:438     

  

NOTE: Section heading and Subsections A and B eff. until the Class Action Settlement Agreement in Soileau v. Churchill Downs La. Horseracing Co. becomes final and non-appealable. See Acts 2020, No. 342.

§438. Distribution of device revenues; particular licensed establishments; pari-mutuel wagering facilities

            A. The owner of the licensed establishment shall pay twenty percent of the net device revenue derived from the operation of devices at that licensed establishment to be used to supplement purses for horsemen as provided in Subsection B of this Section. Such monies shall be made available for use as purses monthly, prior to the twentieth day of the month following the month in which they are earned.

            B. Revenues earned for purse supplements under Subsection A shall be disbursed, accounted for, and used as follows:

            (1) Monies earned for purse supplements from devices located at a racing facility currently conducting live racing shall be in addition to all other monies currently provided for purses and purse supplements under other provisions of law and shall be used at the current race meeting.

            (2) Monies earned for purse supplements from devices located at an eligible racing facility not currently conducting live racing shall be placed in an interest-bearing account until the first day of the next live race meeting conducted at that facility, at which time the accumulated monies derived from this Paragraph and interest earned on such monies shall be added to all other monies currently provided for purses and purse supplements at that race meeting under other provisions of the law and shall be used at that race meeting.

            (3) Monies earned for purse supplements from devices located at an eligible off-track wagering facility shall be used for purse supplements at the racing facilities of the owners of the off-track wagering facility where the net device revenues were earned. Where such facilities are jointly owned, the monies earned for purse supplements at that facility shall be divided in direct proportion to ownership of the facility for use at their respective racing facilities. Distribution of monies earned for purse supplements in accordance with this Paragraph shall be distributed as provided for in Paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Subsection.

            (4) Four percent of all monies earned or authorized in accordance with the provisions of this Section for purse supplements shall be paid the authorized representative of the horsemen for the use and benefit of such persons and other horsemen as medical and hospital benefits. However, provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply if provisions of R.S. 4:183 as currently in effect require such a deduction from monies earned for purse supplements under this Section, and provisions of this Paragraph would result in duplication of designated funds for hospitalization for horsemen.

            (5) The Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association shall be deemed to hold a perfected security interest in and to all revenues earned for purse supplements pursuant to Subsection A of this Section until such revenues have been distributed in accordance with Paragraph (4) of this Subsection. All purse supplements to be distributed to the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association shall be deemed to be held in trust for the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association by the licensee until disbursed in accordance with this Section. All such purse supplements shall be deemed to be held in trust for the benefit of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association by the licensee until disbursed pursuant to this Section. A licensee shall have a fiduciary duty to the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to preserve and account for such purse supplements.

NOTE: Section heading and Subsections A and B eff. when the Class Action Settlement Agreement in Soileau v. Churchill Downs La. Horseracing Co. becomes final and non-appealable. See Acts 2020, No. 342.

§438. Distribution of video draw poker device revenues; particular licensed establishments; pari-mutuel wagering facilities

            A. The owner of the licensed establishment shall pay twenty percent of the net video draw poker device revenue derived from the operation of video draw poker devices at that licensed establishment and at its eligible off-track wagering facilities to be used to supplement purses for horsemen as provided in Subsection B of this Section. Such monies shall be made available for use as purses monthly, prior to the twentieth day of the month following the month in which they are earned.

            B. Revenues earned for purse supplements under Subsection A of this Section shall be disbursed, accounted for, and used as follows:

            (1) Monies earned for purse supplements from video draw poker devices located at an eligible racing facility or at an eligible off-track wagering facility shall be used for purse supplements at the racing facilities of the owners of such facility where the net video draw poker device revenues were earned. Where an eligible off-track wagering facility is jointly owned, the monies earned for purse supplements at that facility shall be divided in direct proportion to ownership of the facility for use at their respective racing facilities.

            (2) At the licensed eligible facility located in Orleans Parish:

            (a) Twelve and one-half percent of the monies earned for such purse supplements shall be used to supplement purses for quarter horse races at that licensed eligible facility, or as authorized by R.S. 4:147.1, up to a maximum of one million dollars per state fiscal year, of which twenty-five percent for each state fiscal year shall be distributed to the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, 1993 Inc., to be used to satisfy the 'Settlement Amount' of one million dollars, as defined in and pursuant to the Class Action Settlement Agreement approved by the court in the lawsuit Soileau v. Churchill Downs La. Horseracing Co., et al, Parish of Orleans, Civil District Court, Division G, No. 2014-3873.

            (b) The remainder of the monies earned for such purse supplements shall be allocated to purse supplements for thoroughbred horse races at that licensed eligible facility, or as authorized by R.S. 4:147.1 per state fiscal year.

            (3) For licensed eligible racing facilities required by law to run more than twenty quarter horse racing days:

            (a) Thirty percent of the monies earned for such purse supplements shall be used to supplement purses for quarter horse races at that licensed eligible facility, or as authorized by R.S. 4:147.1.

            (b) Seventy percent of the monies earned for such purse supplements shall be used to supplement purses for thoroughbred races as that licensed eligible facility, or as authorized by R.S. 4:147.1.

            (4) Monies earned for purse supplements in accordance with this Subsection shall be in addition to all other monies currently provided for purses and purse supplements under other provisions of law, shall be the net of sums payable to the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, 1993 Inc., from purses and purse supplements in accordance with the law, and shall be placed in the appropriate breed account, an interest bearing account, until distributed in accordance with this Section.

            (5) Monies earned for purse supplements from video draw poker devices, and interest earned on such monies, shall be added to all other monies currently provided for purses and purse supplements under other provisions of law, and distributed as follows:

            (a) The purses and purse supplements for thoroughbred races shall be used at the eligible facility's current live thoroughbred race meet, or if live thoroughbred racing is not being conducted, used at the eligible facility's next live thoroughbred race meet.

            (b) The purses and purse supplements for quarter horse races shall be used at the eligible facility's current live quarter horse race meet, or if live quarter horse racing is not being conducted, used at the eligible facility's next live quarter horse race meet.

            C. The division shall require all contracts between licensed device owners, operators, or service entities and owners of licensed establishments offering pari-mutuel wagering to be in writing and submitted to the division within ten days of signing. The division shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to require correct reporting and timely use of those funds designated for use as horsemen's purses.

            D. The provisions of this Section shall only apply to pari-mutuel wagering facilities.

            Acts 1991, No. 1062, §1, eff. July 30, 1991; Acts 1993, No. 524, §1. Redesignated from R.S. 33:4862.18 by Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 7, §3, eff. May 1, 1996; Acts 2003, No. 1291, §1; Acts 2012, No. 161, §4; Acts 2014, No. 437, §2; Acts 2020, No. 342, §2, see Act.



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