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Texas Racing Commission

    • Next Review Date: 2020-2021 Review Cycle - 87th Legislative Session
    • Last Review Date: 2010-2011 Review Cycle - 82nd Legislative Session

    Sunset Review Documents for 2010-2011 Review Cycle, 82nd Legislative Session

    Limited Scope Review

    Legislative Documents

    Final Results from Last Sunset Report

    In 1986, the Legislature passed the Texas Racing Act, allowing pari-mutuel wagering on horse and greyhound races and creating the Texas Racing Commission (Commission) to oversee the racing industry. The Commission’s authority spans from licensing racetracks and their employees, to overseeing live racing events, and monitoring and certifying wagering transactions. Last fi scal year, the Commission spent about $4.3 million for its operations, funded by fees, fines, and a portion of wagers. The State also received about $3.6 million in pari-mutuel taxes.

    House Bill 2271 continues the Racing Commission for six years and abolishes the Equine Research Account Advisory Committee. The Legislature adopted all of the Sunset Commission’s recommendations and added several other statutory modifi cations to H.B. 2271. Most of the Legislature’s modifications affect the Commission’s application approval process and the process for identifying tracks as active or inactive, and how these two types of licenses are reviewed. A discussion of the bill’s major provisions follows.

    • Provide the Commission regulatory tools to ensure proper oversight of today’s racing industry.
    • Strengthen the Commission’s oversight of racing industry occupations.
    • Continue the Texas Racing Commission for six years.
    • Modify the definition of greyhound performance.
    • Authorize the executive director to review and modify disciplinary decisions of stewards and judges.
    • Specify that the Comptroller will sweep from the agency’s account only funds above $750,000 at the end of each biennium.
    • Eliminate the statutory limitation of $200 on ATM withdrawals at racetracks.
    • Require the Commission to establish a process and schedule for conducting active racetrack reviews.
    • Require the Commission to make a determination on a racetrack application within 120 days from the time the application is administratively complete.