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Program A: Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC)

Program Authorization: R.S. 4:141 et seq.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Louisiana State Racing Commission Program is to provide efficient, effective leadership, supervision, and administrative support necessary to operate its regulatory and administrative functions in administering and processing all horse racing activities which are described in the official Rules of Racing published by the LSRC from official statutes.

The goals of the Louisiana State Racing Commission Program are:

  1. Promote and ensure integrity in the conduct of live horse racing in the State of Louisiana.
  2. Regulate all horse racing activities in Louisiana in compliance with statutes.
  3. Encourage the growth of thoroughbred and quarter horse breeding in Louisiana.

The Louisiana State Racing Commission Program includes the following activities:

  1. Executive Administration Supervises and operates all of the LSRC administrative activities throughout the State of Louisiana including hiring, training, and rating employees; scheduling work assignments; forecasting revenues and pari-mutuel handle and providing information for budgets and fiscal impact reports.
  2. Licensing and Regulation Operates the LSRC field offices at each race track and the Audit Division. Performs all licensing and regulatory functions for the LSRC which are necessary to control eligibility of people and horses to work and or compete in horse racing in Louisiana and to collect all state of Louisiana revenue from horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, attendance taxes, licenses, fines and test fees.
  3. Breeder Awards Based on self generated revenues from a percentage of total wagers paid and on percentage of total taxes on off track wagers in Louisiana. These self generated revenues are disbursed out as breeder awards to the Louisiana bred horses based on formulas created by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Horse Breeders Association (LTBA) and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQBHA) for quarter horses according to statutes as described in the Rules of Racing

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded from Fees and Self-generated Revenues and from Statutory Dedications. Fees and Self-generated Revenues are from taxes collected on para-mutual wagering, admissions, occupational licenses, fines, forfeited appeal fees and examination fees. The Statutory Dedications are derived from payments of franchise fees as required for owners of video draw poker devices, and provide funding to the Video Draw Poker Device Purse Supplement Fund. The funds from the Video Draw Poker Device Purse Supplement Fund are provided to licensed Racing Associations. Two thirds of the appropriated funds from the VDPDPSF are available to licensed racing associations for purse supplements based upon the proportion of the number of thoroughbred race days conducted statewide annually. One third of the funds appropriated from the VDPDPSF are available to the La. Quarterhorse Breeder Association. (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.)

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$8,435,139

77

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$8,435,139

77

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$13,129

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 - 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$6,201

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 - 2000

$0

$162,974

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($3,753)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($41,457)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment

$0

$375

0

 

Legislative Auditor Fees

$0

$199

0

 

UPS Fees

$0

$155

0

 

Civil Service Fees

$0

$8,722

0

 

Other Adjustments - Indirect Cost for services from the Office of the Secretary

$0

$55,593

0

 

Other Adjustments - Data Lines for Race Tracks

$0

$53,395

0

 

Other Adjustments - Additional funding for Breeders' Awards due to revised estimates

$0

$94,550

0

 

Other Adjustments - Funding for office automation to assure compliance with Y2K

$0

$0

1

 

Other Adjustments - Increase of one (1) position to assure Security at Race Tracks - Approved by Commissioner of Administration on 12/29/98

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$8,785,222

78

 

GRAND TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$350,083

1

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 104.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.4% of the total request ($8,835,776) for this program. The major changes reflected in the analysis of recommendation include: increased funding for Data Lines for Race Tracks $55,593; increased funding for Office Automation $94,550; increased funding for Breeders Awards $53,395; and the addition of one (1) position for increased Race Track Security.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$5,047

 

Court Reporters - to record and transcribe proceedings at commission hearings

$1,960

 

Professional and Expert Witness fees for testifying at commission hearings

$2,000

 

Medical Review Officer for the drug testing (human) program

$1,500

 

Travel allowances for Court Reporters and Professional and Expert Witnesses

$19,000

 

Participation in the drug testing and quality assurance program, Association of Racing Commissioners Int.

     

$29,507

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$12,087

 

Legislative Auditor Expenses

$2,200

 

Commission Hearing Rooms - to review cases on rule infractions and to approve requests

$1,135,419

 

Breeders' Awards - Thoroughbreds

$800,000

 

Breeders' Awards - Quarterhorses

$427,395

 

Breeders' Awards - Off Track Betting

$3,170,000

 

Purse Supplements - Video Draw poker Device Purse Supplement Fund

$351,900

 

Chemical or other analysis on equine specimens

$22,800

 

Threshold Drug Testing

$25,800

 

Chemical or other analysis on human specimens

$6,000

 

Criminal History Checks

     

$5,953,601

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$412,759

 

Reimbursement for Fiscal, Information Systems and Human Resources support services to the Office of the Secretary

$55,823

 

Fees for services provided by the Department of Justice

$1,400

 

Pro-rata share of the cost of operations of the Department of Civil Service

$2,108

 

Pro-rata share of the cost of operations of the Uniform Payroll System

$123

 

Pro-rata share of the cost of the comprehensive Public Training Program

     

$472,213

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$94,550

 

Acquisition for 35 personal computers, 38 monitors and 3 laser printers

     

$94,550

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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