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Article 7. Other Licenses

Sec. 7.01. License Required.
  (a) Except as provided by this section, a person may not participate in racing with pari-mutuel wagering other than as a spectator or as a person placing a wager without first obtaining a license from the commission. A person may not engage in any occupation for which commission rules require a license under this Act without first obtaining a license from the commission.
  (b) The commission by rule shall categorize the occupations of racetrack employees and determine the occupations that afford the employee an opportunity to influence racing with pari-mutuel wagering. The rules must require the following employees to be licensed under this Act:
(1) an employee who works in an occupation determined by the commission to afford the employee an opportunity to influence racing with pari-mutuel wagering; or
(2) an employee who will likely have significant access to the backside of a racetrack or to restricted areas of the frontside of a racetrack.
  (c) A racetrack licensed under this Act is responsible for ensuring that its employees comply with this Act and commission rules. The commission may impose disciplinary action against a licensed racetrack for violations of this Act and commission rules by its employees as provided by Section 6.0603 of this Act.

Sec. 7.02. Licensed Activities.
  (a) Repealed by Acts 2011, 82nd Legislature, HB 2271, Section 26, eff. Sept. 1, 2011.
  (b) The commission shall adopt categories of licenses for the various occupations licensed under this article and shall specify by rule the qualifications and experience required for licensing in each category that requires specific qualifications or experience.
  (c) If an examination is required for the issuance of a license under this article, not later than the 30th day after the date on which a licensing examination is administered under this Act, the commission shall notify each examinee of the results of the examination.
  (d) If requested in writing by a person who fails a licensing examination administered under this Act, the commission shall furnish the person with an analysis of the person's performance on the examination.
  (e) The commission may not approve a management contract to operate or manage a racetrack owned by a governmental entity unless the racetrack license holder is an owner of the entity that proposes to manage the racetrack.

Sec. 7.03. Issuance.
The commission shall issue a license to a qualified person on application and payment of the license fee.

Sec. 7.04. Licenses; Grounds for Denial, Revocation, and Suspension.
The commission, after notice and hearing, may refuse to issue any original or renewal license under this article or may revoke or suspend the license if it has reasonable grounds to believe and finds that:
(1) the applicant has been convicted in a court of competent jurisdiction of a violation of this Act or of any rule adopted by the commission or has aided, abetted, or conspired with any person to commit such a violation;
(2) the applicant has been convicted of a felony or of any crime involving moral turpitude that is reasonably related to the applicant's present fitness to hold a license under this Act;
(3) the applicant has violated or has caused to be violated this Act or a rule of the commission in a manner that involves moral turpitude, as distinguished from a technical violation of this Act or of a rule;
(4) the applicant is unqualified, by experience or otherwise, to perform the duties required of a licensee under this Act;
(5) the applicant failed to answer or has falsely or incorrectly answered a question in an original or renewal application;
(6) the applicant fails to disclose the true ownership or interest in a greyhound or horse as required by the rules of the commission;
(7) the applicant is indebted to the state for any fees or for the payment of a penalty imposed by this Act or by a rule of the commission;
(8) the applicant is not of good moral character or the applicant's reputation as a peaceable, law-abiding citizen in the community where the applicant resides is bad;
(9) the applicant is in the habit of using alcoholic beverages to an excess or uses a controlled substance as defined in Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, or a dangerous drug as defined in Chapter 483, Health and Safety Code, or is mentally incapacitated;
(10) the applicant may be excluded from a track enclosure under this Act;
(11) the commission determines that the applicant has improperly used a temporary pass, license certificate, credential, or identification card issued under this Act;
(12) the applicant is residentially domiciled with a person whose license has been revoked for cause within the 12 months immediately preceding the date of the present application;
(13) the applicant has failed or refused to furnish a true copy of the application to the commission's district office in the district in which the premises for which the permit is sought are located; or
(14) the applicant is engaged or has engaged in activities or practices that are detrimental to the best interests of the public and the sport of horse racing or greyhound racing.

Sec. 7.05. License Fees.
  (a) The commission shall adopt by rule a fee schedule for licenses issued under this article.
  (b) The commission shall base the license fees on the relative or comparative incomes or property interests of the various categories of licensees, with the lower income category of licensees being charged nearer the minimum fee and the higher income category of licensees charged nearer the maximum fee.
  (c) In setting the fee schedule under Subsection (a) of this section, the commission shall include the cost of criminal history checks determined under Section 5.05 of this Act. The commission may determine the best method for recouping this cost and complying with the other provisions of this section, including collecting the costs over an extended period.

Sec. 7.06. Form of License.
The commission shall issue a license certificate under this article in the form of an identification card with a photograph and other information as prescribed by the commission.

Sec. 7.07. Term of License.
  (a) A license issued under this article is valid for a period set by the commission not to exceed 36 months following the date of its issuance. It is renewable on application, satisfactory results of a criminal history information record check, and payment of the fee in accordance with the rules of the commission.
  (a-1) The commission shall obtain criminal history record information on each applicant renewing an occupational license under this article. The commission shall ensure that criminal history record information is obtained on each license holder at least once every 36 months.
  (b) The commission by rule may adopt a system under which licenses expire on various dates during the year. For the year in which the license expiration date is changed, license fees shall be prorated on a monthly basis so that each licensee pays only that portion of the license fee that is allocable to the number of months during which the license is valid. On renewal of the license on the new expiration date, the total license renewal fee is payable.

Sec. 7.08. Valid Throughout State.
A license issued under this article is valid, as determined by the commission, at all race meetings conducted in this state.

Sec. 7.09. Temporary Licenses.
Pending investigation of an applicant's qualifications to receive an original or renewal license, the commission may issue a temporary license to an applicant under this article whose application appears to comply with the requirements of law and who has paid the necessary fee. The temporary license is valid for a period not to exceed 120 days from the date of issuance.

Sec. 7.10. Reciprocal Licenses; Out-of-State Applicants.
  (a) The commission may waive any prerequisite to obtaining a license for an applicant, including any requirement to submit a set of fingerprints, after reviewing the applicant's credentials and determining that the applicant holds a valid license from another state that has license requirements substantially equivalent to those of this state.
  (b) The commission may waive any prerequisite to obtaining a license, including any requirement to submit a set of fingerprints, for an applicant with a valid license from another state with which the State of Texas has a reciprocity agreement. The commission may enter into reciprocal agreements with other states to allow for licensing by reciprocity.


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