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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 10. Virginia Racing Commission
Chapter 30. Limited Licenses

11VAC10-30-20. Generally.

A. The commission is authorized to issue limited licenses for the promotion, sustenance and growth of a native industry, in a manner consistent with the health, safety and welfare of the people. The horse racing, with pari-mutuel wagering privileges, shall be conducted by limited licensees so as to maintain horse racing in the Commonwealth of Virginia of the highest quality and free of any corrupt, incompetent, dishonest or unprincipled practices and to maintain in horse racing complete honesty and integrity.

B. Number of racing days. The commission may issue limited licenses to conduct horse race meetings, with pari-mutuel wagering privileges on races held at the site, for a period not to exceed 14 days in any calendar year or in the case of a significant infrastructure limited licensee, 75 days in any calendar year.

C. Local referendum. The commission shall not grant a limited license to conduct a horse race meeting, with pari-mutuel wagering privileges, until a referendum approving the question is held in the county or city in which the race meeting is to be conducted; however, the commission may, in accordance with § 59.1-378.1 of the Code of Virginia, grant a limited license to the owner or operator of a facility to conduct pari-mutuel wagering on Thoroughbred and Standardbred race meetings and simulcast horse racing at that facility in conjunction with the race meetings for a period not to exceed 14 days in any calendar year if the facility has been approved by the commission and the owner or operator of such facility has been granted tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code.

D. Observance of regulations. The holder of a limited license shall be charged with the same duties and responsibilities as are the holders of unlimited licenses with respect to the observance and enforcement of Chapter 29 (§ 59.1-364 et seq.) of Title 59.1 of the Code of Virginia and the regulations of the commission.

E. Racing surfaces. The holders of limited licenses shall utilize racing surfaces which are safe and humane for participants and meet generally accepted standards for the type of racing being conducted.

F. Renewal of limited licenses. Limited licenses are valid for one calendar year during which the licensee may conduct as many as 14 days of horse racing with pari-mutuel wagering privileges or in the case of a significant infrastructure limited licensee, 75 days in any calendar year. A licensee may apply for a renewal of a limited license by submitting an application to the commission as set forth in 11VAC10-30-30 of this chapter. An applicant for a renewal of a limited license may incorporate by reference any information submitted in previous applications.

Statutory Authority

§ 59.1-369 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR662-02-04 § 2, eff. December 19, 1990; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 4, eff. November 1, 2012; Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

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