HBA-DMH H.B. 2484 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2484 By: Wilson Licensing & Administrative Procedures 3/23/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Texas Racing Commission (commission) is responsible for ensuring fair wagering, safe racing, and helping the racing industry grow as an asset to the state's economy. The commission was continued by the legislature under recommendation from the Sunset Advisory Commission on September 1, 1997. House Bill 2484 modifies language relating to breed registry, new racetrack locations, and tax collection to clarify changes made in 1997. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2484 amends the Texas Racing Act to authorize a horse breed registry by rule to restrict the eligibility of its horses for accredited Texas-bred awards or purse supplements when the horse runs in mixed racing. The bill removes the provision that specifies the Texas Appaloosa Horse Club as the appropriate breed registry for Appaloosa horses. The bill prohibits the Texas Racing Commission (commission) from approving the location of a racetrack within 100 miles of an existing Class 1 racetrack unless the affected Class 1 racetrack consents to the new location. If intrastate wagering pools are combined between tracks, the bill provides that the receiving track, rather than the track where the race originates, is responsible for the state's share of the pari-mutuel pool. The bill repeals law relating to the employment of former commission members and employees, racetrack license requirements for residency and operation, and racetrack ownership. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.