§ 431.301 Short title
§ 431.302 Definitions
§ 431.303 Office of racing commissioner; creation; powers and duties of racing commissioner
§ 431.304 Racing commissioner; appointment; qualifications; individuals prohibited from wagering
§ 431.305 Racing commissioner; oath of office
§ 431.306 Racing commissioner; salary; appointment of deputy commissioners and state stewards as special deputies; powers and duties; employment of other personnel; record of proceedings and preservation of doc
§ 431.306a Horse racing advisory commission; creation; membership; appointment; terms; removal; chairperson; meetings; business at public meetings; writings subject to MCL 15.231 to 15.246
§ 431.307 Rules; security; sanctions; approval of certain extensions, additions, modifications, or improvements; compelling production of books, records, memoranda, data, and documents; removal of employee or o
§ 431.308 Issuance of licenses; general classes; prohibition; limitation pari-mutuel wagering
§ 431.308a Holder of casino license; issuance of race meeting license; limitation
§ 431.309 Track license; issuance; validity; application; grant or denial of license; review; transfer to new racetrack owner; suspension or revocation of license; imposition of fine; appeal; prohibition
§ 431.309a Toll-free compulsive gaming helpline number; posting
§ 431.309b Point of sale device or automatic teller machine service located on license holder’s premises; preventing access to cash benefits from Michigan bridge card; definition
§ 431.310 Thoroughbred or standardbred race meeting; live and simulcast horse races; race meeting license; application; filing; investigation to determine compliance
§ 431.312 Applicant for license to conduct thoroughbred or standardbred race meeting; live racing and simulcast requirements; amended license
§ 431.313 Contracts with certified horsemen’s organizations
§ 431.314 Grant or denial of application for race meeting license; conditions for simulcast authorization; charitable organization; imposition of fine or revocation or suspension of license; notice; appeal; mai
§ 431.315 Statement of receipts; filing; certification; availability to public; preparation; review; remittance of money due state or other entities; licensure of person and racetrack required
§ 431.316 Occupational license; issuance; persons required to be licensed; exception; conditions to licensure; additional requirements; fingerprints; duties and responsibilities of trainer; suspension of occupa
§ 431.317 Lawful forms of pari-mutuel wagering; preapproval by racing commissioner required; use of totalisator or other device; commission retained by holder of race meeting license; definitions; retention and
§ 431.318 Simulcast; authorization; permit; conditions; wagering; pools; providing equipment and simulcast signals to other licensees; fees; simulcasting other events prohibited; definitions
§ 431.319 Payment into horsemen’s purse account; disposition; distribution; payment of net commission on live and simulcast racing to the pari-mutuel horse racing disbursement account
§ 431.319a Surrender, revocation, or escrow of license; transfer of purse pool money
§ 431.319b Money placed in escrow before effective date of amendatory act; use by September 1, 2017
§ 431.319c Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association; transfer and use of money
§ 431.320 Michigan agriculture and equine industry development fund; payments to programs; carrying forward appropriated and allotted money; deposit in compulsive gaming prevention fund; rules; excess to the pa
§ 431.320a Allocation of tax
§ 431.321 Police, fire, and traffic protection
§ 431.322 License fee and tax
§ 431.323 Audits
§ 431.324 Prohibited dissemination of racing information
§ 431.325 Disclosure of certain information; confidentiality
§ 431.326 Applicability of act to county or state fairs or agricultural or livestock exhibitions
§ 431.327 Wagering prohibited; exception
§ 431.328 Assessment or collection of tax or fees prohibited; exception
§ 431.329 Aiding, assisting, or abetting violation as misdemeanor; penalty
§ 431.330 Administration of drug or foreign substance
§ 431.331 Prohibited acts; violation as misdemeanor; penalty; exceptions
§ 431.332 Influencing or attempting to influence result of race or workout as felony; penalty
§ 431.333 Information regarding violation of MCL 431.330, 431.331, or 431.332; violation as misdemeanor; penalty
§ 431.334 Additional penalties
§ 431.335 Repeal of MCL 431.61 to 431.88
§ 431.336 Effective date

Terms Used In Michigan Laws > Chapter 431 > Act 279 of 1995 - Horse Racing Law of 1995

  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Affiliate: means a person who, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with; is in a partnership or joint venture relationship with; or is a co-shareholder of a corporation, co-member of a limited liability company, or co-partner in a limited liability partnership with a person who holds or applies for a race meeting or track license under this act. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Bailiff: a court officer who enforces the rules of behavior in courtrooms.
  • Breaks: means the cents over any multiple of 10 otherwise payable to a patron on a wager of $1. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Civil infraction: means an act or omission that is prohibited by a law and is not a crime under that law or that is prohibited by an ordinance, as defined in section 8701, and is not a crime under that ordinance, and for which civil sanctions may be ordered. See Michigan Laws 600.113
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Controlled substance: means that term as defined in section 7104 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Day of operation: means a period of 24 hours beginning at 12 noon and ending at 11:59 a. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Drug: means any of the following:
  (i) A substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Fair: means a county, district, or community fair or a state fair. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Foreign substance: means a substance, or its metabolites, that does not exist naturally in an untreated horse or, if natural to an untreated horse, exists at an unnaturally high physiological concentration as a result of having been administered to the horse. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Freedom of Information Act: A federal law that mandates that all the records created and kept by federal agencies in the executive branch of government must be open for public inspection and copying. The only exceptions are those records that fall into one of nine exempted categories listed in the statute. Source: OCC
  • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • in writing: shall be construed to include printing, engraving, and lithographing; except that if the written signature of a person is required by law, the signature shall be the proper handwriting of the person or, if the person is unable to write, the person's proper mark, which may be, unless otherwise expressly prohibited by law, a clear and classifiable fingerprint of the person made with ink or another substance. See Michigan Laws 8.3q
  • judgment: as used in this act , includes decree. See Michigan Laws 600.112
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Member of the immediate family: means the spouse, child, parent, or sibling. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • month: means a calendar month; the word "year" a calendar year; and the word "year" alone shall be equivalent to the words "year of our Lord". See Michigan Laws 8.3j
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Net commission: means the amount determined under section 17(3), after first deducting from the licensee's statutory commission the applicable state tax on wagering due and payable under section 22 and the actual verified fee paid by the licensee to the sending host track to receive the simulcast signal. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Office of the racing commissioner: means the horse racing section of the horse racing, audit, and gaming technology division of the Michigan gaming control board created by section 4 of the Michigan gaming control and revenue act, 1996 IL 1, MCL 432. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: means an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, as well as to individuals. See Michigan Laws 8.3l
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Purse pool: means an amount of money allocated or apportioned to pay prizes for horse races and from which payments may be made to certified horsemen's organizations as provided in this act. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • racing commissioner: means the executive director of the Michigan gaming control board appointed under section 4 of the Michigan gaming control and revenue act, 1996 IL 1, MCL 432. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • shall not apply: means that the pertinent provision is not operative as to certain persons or things or in conjunction with a particular date or dates. See Michigan Laws 8.4c
  • Standardbred: means a horse registered with the United States Trotting Association that races on designated gaits of pace or trot. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories belonging to the United States; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the district and territories. See Michigan Laws 8.3o
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Thoroughbred: means a thoroughbred, quarter, paint, Arabian, or other breed horse. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: shall be construed to include the district and territories. See Michigan Laws 8.3o
  • Veterinarian: means an individual licensed to practice veterinary medicine under part 188 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333. See Michigan Laws 431.302
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.