2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Committee Approved)

Move Racing Commission 2

Item 99.2 #1h

Item 99.2 #1h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Agriculture and Forestry
Virginia Racing Commission FY2015 $1,626,889 FY2016 $1,616,161 NGF
FY2015 10.00 FY2016 10.00 FTE

Page 77, after line 42, insert:
"Virginia Racing Commission (405)
125. Regulation of Horse Racing and Pari-Mutuel Betting (55800) $1,626,889 $1,616,161
License and Regulate Horse Racing and Pari-Mutuel Wagering (55801) $1,626,889 $1,616,161
Fund Sources:
Special $1,626,889 $1,616,161
Authority:  Title 59.1, Chapter 29, Code of Virginia.
A.  Out of this appropriation, the members of the Virginia Racing Commission shall receive compensation and reimbursement for their reasonable expenses in the performance of their duties, as provided in § 2.2-2104, Code of Virginia.  
B.  Notwithstanding the provisions of § 59.1-392, Code of Virginia, up to $255,000 the first year and $255,000 the second year shall be transferred to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to support the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
C.  Any revenues received during the biennium and which are due to the commission pursuant to § 59.1-364 et seq., Code of Virginia, shall be used first to fund the operating expenses of the commission as appropriated in this item.  Any change in operating expenses as herein appropriated requires the approval of the Department of Planning and Budget.  Any revenues in excess of amounts required for commission operations as appropriated under the provisions of this act and amounts payable to specific entities pursuant to § 59.1-392 and appropriated in paragraphs B and D of this item, shall revert to the general fund.
D.  Out of these amounts, the obligations set out in § 59.1-392 D. 5., D.6., G.5., G.6., K.3., K.4., K.5., N.3., N.4., and N.5., Code of Virginia, shall be fully funded.
E.  In the event revenues exceed the appropriated amounts in this item, the Virginia Racing Commission is authorized to seek an administrative appropriation, up to $700,000, from the Director, Department of Planning and Budget, to develop programs or award grants for the promotion and marketing, sustenance and growth of the Virginia horse industry, including horse breeding.  In no event, however, shall any funds be expended for that purpose that would cause the reversion to the general fund required by Paragraph C above to fall below $100,000 the first year and $50,000 the second year."

(This amendment moves one of the two items associated with the Virginia Racing Commission. House Bill 1074 of the 2014 Session moves the Commission from the Secretariat of Commerce and Trade to the Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry to better reflect the needs of the industry. A companion amendment to Item 99.1 moves the remaining portion of the Commission within Agriculture and Forestry and two amendments eliminate the funding from Items 124 and 125 and transfer the same amounts and language to the Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry.)