Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
§ 2.2-3802. Systems to which chapter inapplicable.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to personal information systems:
1. Maintained by any court of the Commonwealth;
2. Which may exist in publications of general circulation;
5. Maintained by agencies concerning persons required by law to be licensed in the Commonwealth to engage in the practice of any profession, in which case the names and addresses of persons applying for or possessing the license may be disseminated upon written request to a person engaged in the profession or business of offering professional educational materials or courses for the sole purpose of providing the licensees or applicants for licenses with informational materials relating solely to available professional educational materials or courses, provided the disseminating agency is reasonably assured that the use of the information will be so limited;
6. Maintained by the Parole Board, the Crime Commission, the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission, Virginia Racing Commission, and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control;
7. Maintained by the Department of State Police; police departments of cities, counties, and towns; and the campus police departments of public institutions of higher education as established by Chapter 17 (§ 23-232 et seq.) of Title 23, and that deal with investigations and intelligence gathering relating to criminal activity; and maintained by local departments of social services regarding alleged cases of child abuse or neglect while such cases are also subject to an ongoing criminal prosecution;
9. Maintained by the Virginia Tourism Authority in connection with or as a result of the promotion of travel or tourism in the Commonwealth, in which case names and addresses of persons requesting information on those subjects may be disseminated upon written request to a person engaged in the business of providing travel services or distributing travel information, provided the Virginia Tourism Authority is reasonably assured that the use of the information will be so limited;
10. Maintained by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services of the Department of General Services and the Division of Forensic Science of the Department of Criminal Justice Services, which deal with scientific investigations relating to criminal activity or suspected criminal activity, except to the extent that § 9.1-121 may apply;
11. Maintained by the Department of Corrections that deal with investigations and intelligence gathering by persons acting under the provisions of § 53.1-16; and
12. Maintained by the Department of the State Internal Auditor or internal audit departments of state agencies or institutions that deal with communications and investigations relating to the State Employee Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline.
§ 59.1-369. Powers and duties of the Commission.
The Commission shall have all powers and duties necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter and to exercise the control of horse racing as set forth in § 59.1-364. Such powers and duties shall include but not be limited to the following:
1. The Commission is vested with jurisdiction and supervision over all horse racing licensed under the provisions of this chapter including all persons conducting, participating in, or attending any race meeting. It shall employ such persons to be present at race meetings as are necessary to ensure that they are conducted with order and the highest degree of integrity. It may eject or exclude from the enclosure or from any part thereof any person, whether or not he possesses a license or permit, whose conduct or reputation is such that his presence may, in the opinion of the Commission, reflect on the honesty and integrity of horse racing or interfere with the orderly conduct of horse racing.
2. The Commission, its representatives, and employees shall visit, investigate, and have free access to the office, track, facilities, satellite facilities or other places of business of any license or permit holder, and may compel the production of any of the books, documents, records, or memoranda of any license or permit holder for the purpose of satisfying itself that this chapter and its regulations are strictly complied with. In addition, the Commission may require the production of an annual balance sheet and operating statement of any person licensed or granted a permit pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and may require the production of any contract to which such person is or may be a party.
3. The Commission shall promulgate regulations and conditions under which horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering shall be conducted in the Commonwealth, and all such other regulations it deems necessary and appropriate to effect the purposes of this chapter, including a requirement that licensees post, in a conspicuous place in every place where pari-mutuel wagering is conducted, a sign which bears a toll-free telephone number for "Gamblers Anonymous" or other organization which provides assistance to compulsive gamblers. Such regulations shall include provisions for affirmative action to assure participation by minority persons in contracts granted by the Commission and its licensees. Nothing in this subdivision shall be deemed to preclude private local ownership or participation in any horse racetrack. Such regulations may include penalties for violations. The regulations shall be subject to the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.).
4. The Commission shall promulgate regulations and conditions under which
simulcast horse racing shall be conducted at a licensed horse racetrack or
satellite facility in the Commonwealth and all such other regulations it deems
necessary and appropriate to effect the purposes of this chapter. Such
regulations shall include provisions that all simulcast horse racing shall
comply with the Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978 (15 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq.)
and shall require the holder of an unlimited license to schedule not less than 150
live racing days in the Commonwealth each calendar year; however, the Commission
shall have the authority to alter the required number of live racing days
5. The Commission shall promulgate regulations and conditions regulating and controlling a method of pari-mutuel wagering conducted in the Commonwealth that is permissible under the Interstate Horseracing Act, § 3001 et seq. of Chapter 57 of Title 15 of the United States Code, and in which an individual may establish an account with an entity, approved by the Commission, to place pari-mutuel wagers in person or electronically. Such regulations shall include, but not be limited to, (i) standards, qualifications, and procedures for the issuance of a license to any such entity or entities pursuant to § 59.1-375 to operate pari-mutuel wagering in the Commonwealth, (ii) provisions regarding access to books, records, and memoranda, and submission to investigations and audits, as authorized by subdivisions 2 and 10 of this section, and (iii) provisions regarding the collection of all revenues due to the Commonwealth from the placing of such wagers. No pari-mutuel wager may be made on or with any computer owned or leased by the Commonwealth, or any of its subdivisions, or at any public elementary or secondary school, or any public college or university. The Commission also shall ensure that, except for this method of pari-mutuel wagering, all wagering on simulcast horse racing shall take place only at a licensed horse racetrack or satellite facility.
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 59.1-392, the allocation of revenue from a method of pari-mutuel wagering in which an individual may establish an account with an entity approved by the Commission to place pari-mutuel wagers in person or electronically shall include a licensee fee to the Commission, and shall be subject to a contractual agreement, approved by the Commission, between such entity and an unlimited licensee and representatives of the recognized majority horsemen groups concerning the distribution of the remaining portion of the retainage. Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to limit the Commission's authority as set forth elsewhere in this section.
15. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 59.1-391, the Commission may grant provisional limited licenses or provisional unlimited licenses to own or operate racetracks or satellite facilities to an applicant prior to the applicant securing the approval through the local referendum required by § 59.1-391. The provisional licenses issued by the Commission shall only become effective upon the approval of the racetrack or satellite wagering facilities in a referendum conducted pursuant to § 59.1-391 in the jurisdiction in which the racetrack or satellite wagering facility is to be located.
§ 59.1-375. Owner's and operator's license required.
No person shall construct, establish or own a horse racetrack or satellite facility where pari-mutuel wagering is permitted, unless he has obtained an owner's license issued by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
No person shall operate pari-mutuel wagering or conduct any race meeting at which wagering is permitted with his knowledge or acquiescence, unless he has obtained an operator's license issued by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
No person to whom an owner's or operator's license has been issued nor any officer, director, partner, or spouse or immediate family member thereof shall make any contribution to any candidate for public office or public office holder at the local or state level.
No license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall be transferable except as provided in § 59.1-386. The acquisition of actual control of a license, or the acquisition of 25 percent or more of the stock of or other interest in a license shall require the filing of an application for a new owner's or operator's license or both, as the context may require, and the issuance of a new owner's or operator's license, or both, by the Commission.
The provisions of this subdivision shall apply regardless of whether the interest or control acquired shall be direct or indirect, or whether its acquisition shall be accomplished individually or in concert with others.
§ 59.1-386. Acquisition of interest in licensee.
A. The Commission shall require any person desiring to become a partner, member or principal stockholder of any licensee to apply to the Commission for approval thereof and may demand such information of the applicant as it finds necessary. The Commission shall consider such application forthwith and if in its judgment the acquisition by the applicant would be detrimental to the public interest, to the honesty and integrity of racing, or to its reputation, the application shall be denied. The Commission shall act on the application within sixty days of receipt.
B. To assist the Commission in reviewing an application submitted pursuant to subsection A of this section, where the person submitting the application proposes to acquire actual control of a licensee, or 25 percent or more of the stock of or other interest in a licensee, the licensee and the person shall submit such information as is requested by the Commission, and may submit any other information, to assure the Commission that the licensee, under the actual control of the person or with that person's participation as a partner, member, or principal stockholder of the licensee, will have the experience, expertise, and commitment to be and remain in compliance with the conditions of the owner's or operator's license, or both licenses, previously issued to the licensee by the Commission, as those conditions may have been modified since the issuance of the license or licenses. The provisions of this subsection shall apply regardless of whether the interest or control acquired shall be direct or indirect, or whether its acquisition shall be accomplished individually or in concert with others.
C. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to repeal, supercede or expand upon the requirement in § 59.1-375 that the acquisition of an interest of 25 percent or more of a license, or the acquisition of actual control of a license, shall require the filing of an application for a new owner's or operator's license, or both, and the issuance of a new license or licenses by the Commission.
§ 59.1-391. Local referendum required.
The Commission shall not grant any initial license to construct, establish,
operate or own a racetrack or satellite facility until a referendum approving
the question is held in each county
1. A petition, signed by five percent of the qualified voters of such county
2. Following the filing of such petition, the court shall, by order of record
entered in accordance with § 24.2-684.1, require the regular election officers
of such city
3. The clerk of such court of record of such city
4. The regular election officers of such city or county shall open the polls at
the various voting places in such city or county on the date specified in such
order and conduct such election in the manner provided by law. The election
shall be by ballot which shall be prepared by the electoral board of the city
"Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted at a licensed racetrack in .... ................... on live horse racing at, and on simulcast horse racing transmitted from another jurisdiction to, the licensed racetrack on such days as may be approved by the Virginia Racing Commission in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?
[ ] Yes
[ ] No"
"Shall pari-mutuel wagering be permitted in ................ ....... at satellite facilities in accordance with Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia?
[ ] Yes
[ ] No"
In the blank shall be inserted the name of the city
The ballots shall be counted, returns made and canvassed as in other elections,
and the results certified by the electoral board to the court ordering such
election. Thereupon, such court shall enter an order proclaiming the results of
such election and a duly certified copy of such order shall be transmitted to
the Commission and to the governing body of such city
No such referendum as described above shall be held more often than every three
years in the same county
A subsequent local referendum shall be required if a license has not been granted by the Commission within five years of the court order proclaiming the results of the election. Town, for purposes of this section, means any town with a population of 3,500 or more.
§ 59.1-394.1. Live Horseracing Compact; form of compact.
The Live Horseracing Compact is enacted into law and entered into with all other jurisdictions legally joining therein in the form substantially as follows:
ARTICLE I. Purposes.
§ 1. Purposes.
The purposes of this compact are to:
1. Establish uniform requirements among the party states for the licensing of participants in live horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering, and ensure that all such participants who are licensed pursuant to this compact meet a uniform minimum standard of honesty and integrity.
2. Facilitate the growth of the horse racing industry in each party state and nationwide by simplifying the process for licensing participants in live racing, and reduce the duplicative and costly process of separate licensing by the regulatory agency in each state that conducts live horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering.
3. Authorize the Virginia Racing Commission to participate in this compact.
4. Provide for participation in this compact by officials of the party states, and permit those officials, through the compact committee established by this compact, to enter into contracts with governmental agencies and nongovernmental persons to carry out the purposes of this compact.
5. Establish the compact committee created by this compact as an interstate governmental entity duly authorized to request and receive criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other state and local law-enforcement agencies.
ARTICLE II. Definitions.
§ 2. Definitions.
"Compact committee" means the organization of officials from the party states that is authorized and empowered by this compact to carry out the purposes of this compact.
"Official" means the appointed, elected, designated or otherwise duly selected member of a racing commission or the equivalent thereof in a party state who represents that party state as a member of the compact committee.
"Participants in live racing" means participants in live horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering in the party states.
"Party state" means each state that has enacted this compact.
"State" means each of the several states of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and each territory or possession of the United States.
ARTICLE III. Entry into force, Eligible parties and Withdrawal.
§ 3. Entry into force.
This compact shall come into force when enacted by any four states. Thereafter, this compact shall become effective as to any other state upon (i) that state's enactment of this compact and (ii) the affirmative vote of a majority of the officials on the compact committee as provided in § 8.
§ 4. States eligible to join compact.
Any state that has adopted or authorized horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering shall be eligible to become party to this compact.
§ 5. Withdrawal from compact and impact thereof on force and effect of compact.
Any party state may withdraw from this compact by enacting a statute repealing this compact, but no such withdrawal shall become effective until the head of the executive branch of the withdrawing state has given notice in writing of such withdrawal to the head of the executive branch of all other party states. If as a result of withdrawals participation in this compact decreases to less than three party states, this compact no longer shall be in force and effect unless and until there are at least three or more party states again participating in this compact.
ARTICLE IV. Compact Committee.
§ 6. Compact committee established.
There is hereby created an interstate governmental entity to be known as the "compact committee," which shall be comprised of one official from the racing commission or its equivalent in each party state who shall be appointed, serve and be subject to removal in accordance with the laws of the party state he represents. Pursuant to the laws of his party state, each official shall have the assistance of his state's racing commission or the equivalent thereof in considering issues related to licensing of participants in live racing and in fulfilling his responsibilities as the representative from his state to the compact committee. If an official is unable to perform any duty in connection with the powers and duties of the compact committee, the racing commission or equivalent thereof from his state shall designate another of its members as an alternate who shall serve in his place and represent the party state as its official on the compact committee until that racing commission or equivalent thereof determines that the original representative official is able once again to perform his duties as that party state's representative official on the compact committee. The designation of an alternate shall be communicated by the affected state's racing commission or equivalent thereof to the compact committee as the committee's bylaws may provide.
§ 7. Powers and duties of compact committee.
In order to carry out the purposes of this compact, the compact committee is hereby granted the power and duty to:
1. Determine which categories of participants in live racing, including but not limited to owners, trainers, jockeys, grooms, mutuel clerks, racing officials, veterinarians, and farriers, and which categories of equivalent participants in greyhound racing and other forms of live racing with pari-mutuel wagering authorized in 2 or more of the party states, should be licensed by the committee, and establish the requirements for the initial licensure of applicants in each such category, the term of the license for each category, and the requirements for renewal of licenses in each category. Provided, however, that with regard to requests for criminal record on the issuance or renewal of a license, the compact committee shall determine for each category of participants in live racing which licensure requirements for that category are, in its judgment, the most restrictive licensure requirements of any party state for that category and shall adopt licensure requirements for that category that are, in its judgment, comparable to those most restrictive requirements.
2. Investigate applicants for a license from the compact committee and, as
permitted by federal and state law, gather information on such applicants,
including criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and relevant state and local law-enforcement agencies, and, where
appropriate, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and law-enforcement
agencies of other countries, necessary to determine whether a license should be
issued under the licensure requirements established by the committee as
provided in paragraph 1 of this section. Only officials on, and employees of,
the compact committee may receive and review such criminal history record
information, and those officials and employees may use that information only
for the purposes of this compact. No such official or employee may disclose or
disseminate such information to any person or entity other than another
official or employee of the compact committee. The fingerprints of each
applicant for a license from the compact committee shall be taken by the
compact committee, its employees, or its designee and, pursuant to Public Law
92-544 or Public Law 100-413, shall be forwarded to a state identification
3. Issue licenses to, and renew the licenses of, participants in live racing listed in paragraph 1 of this section who are found by the committee to have met the licensure and renewal requirements established by the committee. The compact committee shall not have the power or authority to deny a license. If it determines that an applicant will not be eligible for the issuance or renewal of a compact committee license, the compact committee shall notify the applicant that it will not be able to process his application further. Such notification does not constitute and shall not be considered to be the denial of a license. Any such applicant shall have the right to present additional evidence to, and to be heard by, the compact committee, but the final decision on issuance or renewal of the license shall be made by the compact committee using the requirements established pursuant to paragraph 1 of this section.
4. Enter into contracts or agreements with governmental agencies and with nongovernmental persons to provide personal services for its activities and such other services as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this compact.
5. Create, appoint, and abolish those offices, employments, and positions, including an executive director, as it deems necessary for the purposes of this compact, prescribe their powers, duties and qualifications, hire persons to fill those offices, employments and positions, and provide for the removal, term, tenure, compensation, fringe benefits, retirement benefits and other conditions of employment of its officers, employees and other positions.
6. Borrow, accept, or contract for the services of personnel from any state, the United States, or any other governmental agency, or from any person, firm, association, corporation or other entity.
7. Acquire, hold, and dispose of real and personal property by gift, purchase, lease, license, or in other similar manner, in furtherance of the purposes of this compact.
8. Charge a fee to each applicant for an initial license or renewal of a license.
9. receive other funds through gifts, grants and appropriations.
§ 8. Voting requirements.
A. Each official shall be entitled to one vote on the compact committee.
B. All action taken by the compact committee with regard to the addition of party states as provided in § 3, the licensure of participants in live racing, and the receipt and disbursement of funds shall require a majority vote of the total number of officials (or their alternates) on the committee. All other action by the compact committee shall require a majority vote of those officials (or their alternates) present and voting.
C. No action of the compact committee may be taken unless a quorum is present. A majority of the officials (or their alternates) on the compact committee shall constitute a quorum.
§ 9. Administration and management.
A. The compact committee shall elect annually from among its members a chairman, a vice-chairman, and a secretary/treasurer.
B. The compact committee shall adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business by a two-thirds vote of the total number of officials (or their alternates) on the committee at that time and shall have the power by the same vote to amend and rescind such bylaws. The committee shall publish its bylaws in convenient form and shall file a copy thereof and a copy of any amendments thereto with the secretary of state or equivalent agency of each of the party states.
C. The compact committee may delegate the day-to-day management and administration of its duties and responsibilities to an executive director and his support staff.
D. Employees of the compact committee shall be considered governmental employees.
§ 10. Immunity from liability for performance of official responsibilities and duties.
No official of a party state or employee of the compact committee shall be held personally liable for any good faith act or omission that occurs during the performance and within the scope of his responsibilities and duties under this compact.
ARTICLE V. Rights and responsibilities of each party state.
§ 11. Rights and responsibilities of each party state.
A. By enacting this compact, each party state:
1. Agrees (i) to accept the decisions of the compact committee regarding the issuance of compact committee licenses to participants in live racing pursuant to the committee's licensure requirements and (ii) to reimburse or otherwise pay the expenses of its official representative on the compact committee or his alternate.
2. Agrees not to treat a notification to an applicant by the compact committee under paragraph 3 of § 7 that the compact committee will not be able to process his application further as the denial of a license, or to penalize such an applicant in any other way based solely on such a decision by the compact committee.
3. Reserves the right (i) to charge a fee for the use of a compact committee license in that state, (ii) to apply its own standards in determining whether, on the facts of a particular case, a compact committee license should be suspended or revoked, (iii) to apply its own standards in determining licensure eligibility, under the laws of that party state, for categories of participants in live racing that the compact committee determines not to license and for individual participants in live racing who do not meet the licensure requirements of the compact committee, and (iv) to establish its own licensure standards for the licensure of nonracing employees at horse racetracks and employees at separate satellite wagering facilities. Any party state that suspends or revokes a compact committee license shall, through its racing commission or the equivalent thereof or otherwise, promptly notify the compact committee of that suspension or revocation.
B. No party state shall be held liable for the debts or other financial obligations incurred by the compact committee.
ARTICLE VI. Construction and severability.
§ 12. Construction and severability.
This compact shall be liberally construed so as to effectuate its purposes. The provisions of this compact shall be severable, and, if any phrase, clause, sentence or provision of this compact is declared to be contrary to the Constitution of the United States or of any party state, or the applicability of this compact to any government, agency, person or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this compact and the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby. If all or some portion of this compact is held to be contrary to the constitution of any party state, the compact shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining party states and in full force and effect as to the state affected as to all severable matters.
§ 59.1-395. Unlawful conduct of wagering.
Any person not licensed