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2008 Session

Budget Bill - HB29 (Chapter 847)

Virginia Racing Commission

Item 124

Item 124 (Not set out)

First Year - FY2007Second Year - FY2008
Regulation of Horse Racing and Pari-Mutuel Betting (55800)$2,832,552$2,882,552
License and Regulate Horse Racing and Pari-Mutuel Wagering (55801)FY2007 $2,182,552FY2008 $2,182,552
Promote the Horse Industry (55802)FY2007 $650,000FY2008 $700,000
Fund Sources: 
SpecialFY2007 $2,832,552FY2008 $2,882,552

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. and D. 6., Code of Virginia, shall be fully funded in the second year. From the amounts provided for in this item, up to $40,000 the first year shall be transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the Virginia Horse Industry Board and up to $40,000 the first year shall be provided to the Virginia Horse Center Foundation.


E. Included in this appropriation is an amount not to exceed $650,000 the first year and $700,000 the second year to develop programs or award grants for the promotion and marketing, sustenance and growth of the Virginia horse industry, including horse breeding.  Any unexpended balance remaining on June 30, 2007, of the $650,000 appropriated for fiscal year 2007 shall be carried forward on the books of the Comptroller and shall be available for expenditure during the second year of the current biennium.  Any unexpended balance remaining on June 30, 2008, of the $700,000 appropriated for fiscal year 2008 shall be carried forward on the books of the Comptroller and shall be available for expenditure in the next biennium. In no event, however, shall any funds be expended or carried forward for that purpose that would cause the reversion to the general fund required by Paragraph C above to fall below $815,870 the first year and $815,870 the second year.