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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 10. Virginia Racing Commission
Chapter 20. Regulations Pertaining to Horse Racing with Pari-Mutuel Wagering
5/29/2020

11VAC10-20-180. License Criteria.

A. The commission may issue a license if it determines on the basis of all the facts before it that:

1. The applicant is financially able to operate a racetrack;

2. Issuance of a license will not adversely affect competition within the horse racing industry and the public interest;

3. The racetrack will be operated in accordance with all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations, regulations of the commission and all local ordinances; and

4. The issuance of the license will not adversely affect the public health, safety and welfare.

B. In making the required determinations, the commission must consider the following factors:

1. The integrity of the applicant, including:

a. Criminal record;

b. Involvement in litigation over business practices;

c. Involvement in disciplinary actions over a business license or permit or refusal to renew a license or permit;

d. Involvement in proceedings in which unfair labor practices, discrimination or government regulation of horse racing or gambling was an issue;

e. Involvement in bankruptcy proceedings;

f. Failure to satisfy judgments, orders or decrees;

g. Delinquency in filing of tax reports or remitting taxes; and

h. Any other factors related to integrity which the commission deems crucial to its decision making, as long as the same factors are considered with regard to all applicants.

2. The types and variety of pari-mutuel horse racing, pari-mutuel wagering, and other uses of the facility when racing or wagering is not offered;

3. The quality of physical improvements and equipment in applicant's facility, including:

a. Racetrack or tracks and provisions, if any, for a turf course;

b. Stabling, including fire control measures;

c. Grandstand;

d. Detention barn;

e. Paddock;

f. Jockeys', drivers' and backstretch employees' quarters;

g. Pari-mutuel totalizator;

h. Parking;

i. Access by road and public transportation;

j. Perimeter fence;

k. Other security improvements and equipment;

l. Starting, timing, photo finish and photo-patrol or video equipment;

m. Commission work areas; and

n. Any other factors related to quality which the commission deems crucial to its decision making, as long as the same factors are considered with regard to all applicants;

4. Imminence of completion of facility and commencement of pari-mutuel horse racing;

5. Financial ability to develop, own and operate a pari-mutuel horse racing facility successfully, including:

a. Ownership and control structure;

b. Amounts and reliability of development costs;

c. Certainty of site acquisition or lease;

d. Current financial condition;

e. Sources of equity and debt funds, amounts, terms and conditions and certainty of commitment;

f. Provision for cost overruns, nonreceipt of expected equity or debt funds, failure to achieve projected revenues or other financial adversity;

g. Feasibility of financial plan; and

h. Any other factors related to financial ability which the commission deems crucial to its decision making as long as the same factors are considered with regard to all applicants.

6. Status of governmental actions required for the applicant's facility, including:

a. Necessary road improvements;

b. Necessary public utility improvements;

c. Required governmental approvals for development, ownership and operation of the facility;

d. Acceptance of any required environmental assessment and preparation of any required environmental impact statement; and

e. Any other factors related to status of governmental actions which the commission deems crucial to its decision making as long as the same factors are considered with regard to all applicants.

7. Management ability of the applicant, including:

a. Qualifications of managers, consultants and other contractors to develop, own and operate a pari-mutuel horse racing facility;

b. Security plan;

c. Plans for human and animal health and safety;

d. Marketing, promotion and advertising plans;

e. Concessions plan;

f. Plan for training personnel;

g. Equal employment and affirmative action plans; and

h. Any other factors related to management ability which the commission deems crucial to its decision making as long as the same factors are considered with regard to all applicants.

8. Compliance with applicable statutes, charters, ordinances or regulations;

9. Efforts to promote orderly growth of horse racing in Virginia and educate public with respect to horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering;

10. Impact of facility, including:

a. Economic impact, including employment created, purchases of goods and services, public and private investment and taxes generated;

b. Environmental impact;

c. Impact on energy conservation and development of alternative energy sources;

d. Social impact;

e. Costs of public improvements;

f. Impact on the highway network; and

g. Any other factors related to impact which the commission deems crucial to its decision making as long as the same factors are considered with regard to all applicants.

11. Extent of public support and opposition;

12. Effects on competition, including:

a. Number, nature and relative location of other licenses;

b. Minimum and optimum number of racing days sought by the applicant; and

c. Any other factors of the impact of competition which the commission deems crucial to decision making as long as the same factors are considered with regard to all applicants.

13. The commission shall also consider any other information which the applicant discloses and is relevant and helpful to a proper determination by the commission.

Statutory Authority

§ 59.1-369 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR662-01-02 § 2.17, Volume 06, Issue 10, eff. March 14, 1990.

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