Program Authorization: R.S. 4:141 et seq.
The mission of the Louisiana State Racing Commission Program is to provide efficient, effective leadership, supervision, and administrative support necessary to carry out the mission of regulatory and administrative functions of the LSRC, including issuance of breeder awards and supervision of video draw poker device purse supplement funds.
The goals of the Louisiana State Racing Commission Program are:
1. Assure that every owner and/or trainer seeking to enter a horse in competition is a person of good character and of financial responsibility.
2. Assure that every horse appearing in a race is the animal he is represented to be on the racing program and is carrying the correct weight assigned by the track handicapper.
3. Assure that every race run represents a true competitive effort by every participating horse and rider.
4. Assure that no rider during the running of a race commits any act that would unfairly tend to make the race anything other than a true competitive test.
5. Assure that every horse is physically fit to race.
6. Assure that no one responsible for the custody of a competing horse has administered any prescribed medication to the competing animal within a specified time prior to the race.
7. Assure that every Racing Association is doing its utmost to provide the spectator public, the horses and their attendants the best possible facilities it can afford.
8. Assure that the wagering facilities and the management and clerks in the LSRC are of an order to inspire confidence of the patrons in the way this feature of the sport is conducted.
The Louisiana State Racing Commission Program includes the following activities: Executive Administration, Licensing and Regulation, and Breeder Awards.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Louisiana State Racing Commission Program, through the executive administration activity, will oversee all horse racing and related wagering and will keep administrative expenses to less than 25% of all self-generated revenue in FY 1998-99.
1 The Rapides Off Track Betting Parlor temporarily closed on Feb. 2, 1998.
2. The Louisiana State Racing Commission Program, through the licensing and regulation activity, will license all qualified applicants in FY 1998-99.
3. The Louisiana State Racing Commission Program, through the licensing and regulation activity, will test at least 15 horses per race day and at least 3 humans per day during live race meets in FY 1998-99.
4. The Louisiana State Racing Commission Program, through the licensing and regulation activity, will maintain the cases heard by the commission which are subsequently overturned to less than 1% in FY 1998-99.
5. The Louisiana State Racing Commission, through the breeder awards activity, will issue 100% of the breeder awards within 60 days of a race in FY 1998-99.
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. Quaterhorse 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
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 98.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.2% of the total request ($ 8,503,248) for this program.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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