5-108.01. Hearing on application for or renewal of original permit; notice of hearing; decisions of commission and director; appeal; transfer of permit
A. The commission shall hold a public hearing on an original application for a racing permit or renewal of a current racing permit under this article. At least fifteen days' notice shall be given to all permittees holding a permit, and they may appear and be heard as parties in interest upon the hearing of an application.
B. The commission may provide by rule for rehearings of any final decision of the department in accordance with section 5-104, subsection D. Except as provided in section 41-1092.08, subsection H, the parties to the proceeding before the commission or department may commence an action in the superior court in Maricopa county after a decision of the commission or director has become final to review the decision pursuant to title 12, chapter 7, article 6. Pending determination of the appeal, the decision and order shall remain in full force and effect, and may not be superseded.
C. The commission shall not approve an original permit to conduct a horse racing, harness racing or dog racing meeting at any place, enclosure or track not used for racing purposes pursuant to permits actually issued as authorized by law prior to February 1, 1971, unless before the beginning of construction or preparation of the place, enclosure or track the commission determines that each of the following applies:
1. The conducting of horse, harness or dog racing meetings at such place will serve the public interest, convenience or necessity.
2. The plan of racing is economically feasible.
3. The issuance of a permit is in the best interest of racing and this state generally.
D. No place, enclosure or track used for horse, harness or dog racing on or before February 1, 1971 may be used for any other type of animal racing, except that in counties with a population of less than seven hundred thousand persons as shown by the last United States census, a place, enclosure or track used for one type of animal racing may be used for any other type of animal racing. In considering an application for a permit under this section, the commission shall give consideration to the number and location of existing tracks, the number of permits already granted and the economic effect the granting of a new permit may have on existing tracks and permittees and the revenues of this state.
E. If the owner or lessee of any place, enclosure or track used for racing purposes pursuant to permits issued as authorized by law on or before February 1, 1971 is obligated for any reason to abandon the use of the place, enclosure or track, the owner or lessee may transfer the use and rights to use the premises for racing purposes to any other location in the same county.Section: Previous 5-105.01 5-106 5-107 5-107.01 5-107.02 5-107.03 5-108 5-108.01 5-108.02 5-108.03 5-108.04 5-108.05 5-109 5-109.01 5-110 Next
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