An Act To Protect the Future of Harness Racing
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation needs to take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period to provide funding as soon as possible to ensure the continuation of racing if a commercial track closes; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 8 MRSA §267-A, sub-§2, ¶¶B and C, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 539, Pt. G, §6 and affected by §15, are amended to read:
Sec. 2. 8 MRSA §267-A, sub-§2, ¶D is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 8 MRSA §299, sub-§§3 and 4 are enacted to read:
For the purposes of this subsection, "region" is determined by measuring a distance of 50 miles from the center of the racing track along the most commonly used roadway, as determined by the Department of Transportation, drawing a circle around the center of the racing track using that 50-mile measurement and excluding those municipalities or unorganized territories that do not have boundaries contained entirely by that circle.
Sec. 4. 8 MRSA §1036, sub-§2, ¶H, as amended by PL 2011, c. 358, §4, is further amended to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.