Texas Racing Act
Article 15. General Penalty Provisions
Sec. 15.01. General Penalty.
If no specific penalty is provided for a provision of this Act that is a penal offense, a person who violates the provision commits a state jail felony.
Repealed by Acts 1997, 75th Legislature, Ch. 1275, §54, eff. September 1, 1997.
Sec. 15.03. Administrative Penalty.
- (a) If the commission determines that a person regulated under this Act has violated this Act or a rule or order adopted under this Act in a manner that constitutes a ground for a disciplinary action under this Act, the commission may assess an administrative penalty against that person as provided by this section.
- (b) The commission may assess the administrative penalty in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each violation. In determining the amount of the penalty, the commission shall consider the seriousness of the violation.
- (c) If, after examination of a possible violation and the facts relating to that possible violation, the commission determines that a violation has occurred, the commission shall issue a preliminary report that states the facts on which the conclusion is based, the fact that an administrative penalty is to be imposed, and the amount to be assessed. Not later than the 10th day after the date on which the commission issues the preliminary report, the commission shall send a copy of the report to the person charged with the violation, together with a statement of the right of the person to a hearing relating to the alleged violation and the amount of the penalty.
- (d) Not later than the 20th day after the date on which the commission sends the preliminary report, the person charged may make a written request for a hearing or may remit the amount of the administrative penalty to the commission. Failure to request a hearing or to remit the amount of the administrative penalty within the period prescribed by this subsection results in a waiver of a right to a hearing under this Act. If the person charged requests a hearing, the hearing shall be conducted in the manner provided for a contested case hearing under the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act (Article 6252-13a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes). If it is determined after the hearing that the person has committed the alleged violation, the commission shall give written notice to the person of the findings established by the hearing and the amount of the penalty and shall enter an order requiring the person to pay the penalty.
- (e) Not later than the 30th day after the date on which the notice is received, the person charged shall pay the administrative penalty in full or exercise the right to appeal either the amount of the penalty or the fact of the violation. If a person exercises a right of appeal either as to the amount of the penalty or the fact of the violation, the amount of the penalty is not required to be paid until the 30th day after the date on which all appeals have been exhausted and the commission's decision has been upheld.
Sec. 15.04. Complaints.
Complaints alleging violations of this Act may be instituted by the Department of Public Safety, the commission, or the attorney general. Such complaints shall be adjudicated by the commission pursuant to the provisions for a contested case proceeding under the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act (Article 6252-13a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).