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Legislative Update: HB 229
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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday signed HB 229, which amends the state's Horse Racing Act to, among other things, clarify exceptions to conduct that requires denial or revocation of an occupational license, as well as define the time period for denial of license.

The following is an analysis of the bill: HBIC Subsititute for House Bill 229 amends the Horse Racing Act to clarify exceptions to conduct that requires denial or revocation of an occupational license, as well as defining the time period for denial of license. It mandates that the Racing Commission hire or contract an equine health and testing advisor, removing sections requiring an “official chemist” be named by the commission. It also changes the requirement that split samples be stored at the Scientific Laboratory Division at the Department of Health for three months and instead allows for storage at a site maintained by the commission for a time determined using industry guidelines.

This bill also authorizes the commission to revoke occupational licenses for a period not to exceed five years if the licensee attempted to use or conspired with others to use an electrical or mechanical device, implement or instrument for the purpose of affecting the speed or stamina of a racehorse.

Fiscal Implications: HBIC Subsititute for House Bill 229 expands the usability of the Race Horse Testing Fund for other operational expenses (Scot Waterman) in regulating horse racing. It allows the racing commission to handle urine and blood samples in accordance with industry standards, saving about $100 thousand currently used to store samples with the Scientific Laboratory Division of the Department of Health.

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