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The domicile office of the Louisiana State Racing Commission open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm and interested parties may contact Charles A. Gardiner III, executive director, or Larry Munster, assistant executive director, at (504) 483-4000 (holidays and weekends excluded), or by fax (504) 483-4898, for more information. All interested persons may submit written comments relative to this proposed Rule through October 10, 2008, to 320 North Carrollton Avenue, Suite 2-B, New Orleans, LA 70119-5100.

Charles A. Gardiner, III

Executive Director

FISCAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

RULE TITLE:  Modern Therapeutic Measures

I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)

The proposed rule change will result in an increase in the Louisiana Racing Commission (LRC) drug-testing contract with LSU by approximately $100,000 annually. The current drug-testing contract with LSU provides for the testing of nearly 8,000 samples annually. This rule change will result in an increase of one test on each of the 8,000 samples. Funding in the amount of $100,000 from the Pari Mutuel Live Racing Facility Gaming Control Fund was appropriated to the LRC for this purpose in FY 09.

II.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON REVENUE COLLECTIONS OF STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL UNITS (Summary)

The American Graded Stakes Committee is requiring that a state (track) adopt the model rule, recommended by Association of Racing Commissioners International, by January 1, 2009, or the grades status of the state's (track's) races will be taken away. Removal of the graded status will directly affect Delta Downs, Fair Grounds, and Louisiana Downs. Failure to adopt this rule will result in removal of the graded status from the twelve most prestigious races run in Louisiana, including the Million Dollar Jackpot, Super Derby, Louisiana Derby, and the New Orleans Handicap.

Additionally, the Breeders Cup Limited has allocated approximately $250,000 total for purses for Fair Grounds and Louisiana Downs for 2009 which would be forfeited if this rule is not implemented.

As a result, attendance and wagering will likely be decrease, which will affect the handle, causing a significant loss of self-generated revenue for the Racing Commission.

III.ESTIMATED COSTS AND/OR ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO DIRECTLY AFFECTED PERSONS OR NONGOVERNMENTAL GROUPS (Summary)

Passage of this rule could result in economic benefits to racing associations if wagering activity increases due to additional bettor confidence in horseracing.

IV.ESTIMATED EFFECT ON COMPETITION AND EMPLOYMENT (Summary)

Passage of this rule will not affect employment for the Racing Commission. However, it should place Louisiana tracks in a more favorable competitive environment with other tracks around the country.

Charles A. Gardiner III

H. Gordon Monk

Executive Director

Legislative Fiscal Officer

0810#017

Legislative Fiscal Office

NOTICE OF INTENT

Office of the Governor

Division of Administration Racing Commission

Shoes (LAC 35:V.6359)

The Louisiana State Racing Commission hereby gives notice that it intends to amend LAC 35:V.6359 "Shoes" to promote the health and well being of race horses, to guard the integrity of the sport, and to adjust to changes in nation-wide standards in the realm of equine veterinary practices, health, and medication.

This proposed Rule has no known impact on family formation, stability, and/or autonomy as described in R.S. 49:972.

Title 35

HORSE RACING

Part V.  Racing Procedures

Chapter 63.Entries

§6359.Shoes

A.A horse starting in a race, shall not be shod with ordinary or training shoes. Toe grabs with a height greater than two millimeters, bends, jar caulks, stickers and any other appliance worn on the front shoes of horses while racing or training on all racing surfaces are prohibited. Bar plates may be used only with the consent of the stewards, and permission to discontinue their use must be obtained from the stewards.

AUTHORITY NOTE:Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 4:148.

HISTORICAL NOTE:Adopted by the Racing Commission in 1971, promulgated by the Department of Commerce, Racing Commission, LR 2:438 (December 1976), amended LR 3:34 (January 1977), LR 4:280 (August 1978), LR 35:

The domicile office of the Louisiana State Racing Commission is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and interested parties may contact Charles A. Gardiner III, executive director, or Larry Munster, assistant executive director, at (504) 483-4000 (holidays and weekends excluded), or by fax (504) 483-4898, for more information. All interested persons may submit written comments relative to this proposed Rule through October 10, 2008, to 320 North Carrollton Avenue, Suite 2-B, New Orleans, LA 70119-5100.

Charles A. Gardiner III

Executive Director

FISCAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

RULE TITLE:  Shoes

I.ESTIMATED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS (SAVINGS) TO STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS (Summary)

There are no anticipated costs to state or local governmental units associated with this rule.

Louisiana Register   Vol. 34, No. 10   October 20, 2008

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