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Article - Economic Development

§10–1003.    IN EFFECT

    // EFFECTIVE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2027 PER CHAPTER 111 OF 2023 //

    (a)    The purpose of the Authority is to maintain the State as a best–in–class thoroughbred horse racing venue.

    (b)    The Authority may:

        (1)    study and make any recommendations that the Authority finds are in the best interests of thoroughbred racing in the State;

        (2)    in coordination with other State entities, develop new and existing horse racing and training facilities in the State;

        (3)    subject to subsection (c) of this section and in accordance with an executive order or a determination of the State Racing Commission that a thoroughbred racing licensee under Title 11, Subtitle 5 of the Business Regulation Article, for any reason other than weather, an act of God, or other circumstances beyond the control of the licensee, is unable to support the minimum number of live racing days:

            (i)    manage and oversee, in compliance with Title 11, Subtitle 5 of the Business Regulation Article:

                1.    day–to–day thoroughbred horse racing operations;

                2.    live racing days; and

                3.    assets in the State; and

            (ii)    in coordination with the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, acquire property or contractual interests consistent with § 11–521 of the Business Regulation Article and the procedures set forth in §§ 8–334 through 8–339 of the Transportation Article;

        (4)    enter into any agreements, leases, partnerships, or contracts necessary to:

            (i)    support and sustain Maryland thoroughbred racing and pari–mutuel wagering activity; and

            (ii)    ensure compliance with State Racing Commission rules and regulations;

        (5)    authorize or create a separate body, entity, or holding company to carry out any provisions of this subtitle;

        (6)    adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of this subtitle; and

        (7)    make any other recommendations the Authority deems necessary.

    (c)    Before the Authority may exercise the powers authorized under subsection (b)(3) of this section, the Legislative Policy Committee shall review and comment on the executive order or determination of the State Racing Commission described under subsection (b)(3) of this section.

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