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RACING COMMISSION

Nonprimary Location Public Input Procedures; Off-Track Wagering Petitions

[49 Pa.B. 2463]
[Saturday, May 11, 2019]

 The State Horse Racing Commission (Commission) provides notice that on April 30, 2019, at its regularly scheduled public meeting, it issued an Order adopting, as a temporary regulation, an amendment to its existing thoroughbred and standardbred nonprimary location (off-track wagering) (OTW) regulations found at 58 Pa. Code §§ 171.23 and 189.23 (relating to public hearing and public comment; and public input and public comment). The Commission found that its existing regulations are outdated, inconsistent and in direct conflict with 3 Pa.C.S. § 9331 (relating to pari-mutuel wagering at nonprimary locations). The Commission's Order and temporary regulation was adopted under the authority of 3 Pa.C.S. § 9311(h) (relating to State Horse Racing Commission) and listed under Administrative Docket No. 2019-13.

 The general purpose of the Order is: (1) to provide the Commission administrative and procedural options to receive written public input, oral presentations, transcripts and documents from other regulatory agencies during the course of its due diligence review of OTW Petitions; (2) to update and provide consistent procedures for the receipt and review of written public comments regarding OTW Petitions; (3) to provide for procedures for the conduct of public comment hearings, if applicable; and (4) to provide for limited intervention procedures as the Commission conducts its review of OTW Petitions. The Commission's Order consolidates the existing OTW regulations relating to public comment and input into one uniform provision.

 The Commission's Order and Annex A will be effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. In addition, the Order and Annex A have been posted and published on the Commission's web site and a copy may be accessed by the public at https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Animals/RacingCommission/commission/Pages/Publications.aspx. The Commission will also provide copies of the Order upon request directed to (717) 787-5539.

THOMAS F. CHUCKAS, Jr., 
Director
Bureau of Thoroughbred Horse Racing
Acting Director
Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-741. Filed for public inspection May 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]



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