562.04(1)(a)1. 1. Ensure that races are conducted under the rules of the department.
562.04(1)(a)2. 2. Supervise racing and the racetrack to ensure the integrity of races.
562.04(1)(a)3. 3. Certify the official results of races.
562.04(1)(a)4. 4. Settle any dispute arising from racing.
562.04(1)(a)5. 5. Perform any other duty assigned by the department.
562.04(1)(b) (b) If one or more stewards have reasonable cause to believe that a person holding a license under s. 562.05 (1) (d) has violated this chapter or rules of the department relating to pari-mutuel racing or engaged in any other conduct which in the opinion of the stewards adversely affects the integrity of racing, the following procedures apply:
562.04(1)(b)1. 1. The 3 stewards shall meet within 3 working days after any one of them has reasonable cause to believe that the alleged violation or conduct occurred.
562.04(1)(b)2. 2. The stewards shall notify the licensee of the time, date and location of the meeting, the specific conduct constituting the alleged offense and the right of the licensee to be present at the meeting, to address stewards at the meeting and to have counsel or an observer of the licensee's choosing present at the meeting.
562.04(1)(b)3. 3. A meeting of the stewards under this paragraph is not a contested case under s. 227.01 (3).
562.04(1)(b)4. 4. If at least 2 stewards determine that the violation or conduct has occurred, the stewards may, under the schedule established by the department under s. 562.02 (1) (f), suspend a license issued under s. 562.05 (1) (d) for a period not to exceed 90 days or impose a forfeiture not to exceed $2,000 or both; or recommend that the department suspend a license for more than 90 days or impose a forfeiture exceeding $2,000 or both. Fifty percent of the moneys received under this subdivision shall be credited to the appropriation accounts under ss. 20.455 (2) (g) and 20.505 (8) (g).
562.04(1)(b)5. 5. After the meeting under subd. 1., the stewards shall submit, in writing, all findings and conclusions from that meeting to the licensee and the department, including the sanctions, if any, imposed by the stewards and shall provide the licensee who is the subject of the meeting with a notice of his or her right to appeal the decision under subd. 6. Within 7 days after receiving the decision, the licensee shall pay any forfeitures imposed by the stewards, regardless of whether the decision is appealed or stayed under subd. 6.
562.04(1)(b)6. 6. Any person adversely affected by a decision issued under subd. 4. may appeal that decision to the department. The appeal shall be filed with the department within 7 days after receipt of that written decision. An appeal does not automatically stay the decision of the stewards. Any person may request that the administrator stay that decision pending the decision of the department on the appeal. If the administrator receives such a request and determines that the stay will not adversely affect public safety or welfare or the safety or welfare of an animal, the administrator shall order the stay. The procedure for the appeal under this subdivision is under ch. 227. If part or all of any forfeiture imposed under subd. 5. is refunded to the licensee under this subdivision, the refund shall include interest calculated at the rate of 9% per year on that amount. The decision of the department on the appeal shall be the final administrative decision on any action of the stewards under subd. 4.
562.04(2) (2)Other racing officials. The department shall, by rule, specify all of the following:
562.04(2)(a) (a) Racing officials, in addition to stewards, required for races conducted at a racetrack not at a fair.
562.04(2)(b) (b) All racing officials, including stewards, required for races conducted under a license issued under s. 562.05 (1) (c).
562.04(2)(c) (c) Qualifications for stewards serving under sub. (1) and for other racing officials serving under pars. (a) and (b).
562.04(2)(d) (d) A fee for the supervision of racing by stewards or other racing officials employed by or under contract with the department. Any moneys received under this paragraph shall be credited to the appropriation accounts under ss. 20.455 (2) (g) and 20.505 (8) (g).
562.045 562.045 Qualifications of administrator, other employees and stewards. Notwithstanding s. 111.321, no person may serve as an administrator or other employee of the division of gaming or as a steward employed by the department or under contract with the department if any of the following apply:
562.045(1) (1) The person has been convicted in a state or federal court of a felony, other than a felony conviction for an offense under subs. (3) to (6), for which he or she has not been pardoned under which his or her full civil rights are restored.
562.045(2) (2) The person has been charged with the violation of a state or federal law which is a felony if that charge has not been dismissed or settled in any other way.
562.045(3) (3) The person has been convicted of fraud or misrepresentation in connection with racing or animal breeding.
562.045(4) (4) The person has been convicted of a violation of any law of this or another state or of the United States related to racing, pari-mutuel wagering or any other form of gambling.
562.045(5) (5) The person has been convicted of a violation of any law of this or another state or of the United States related to the humane treatment of animals.
562.045(6) (6) The person has knowingly violated a rule or order of the department relating to pari-mutuel racing or any provision of this chapter, s. 182.020 or ch. 945.
562.05 562.05 Licenses.
562.05(1)(1) No person may engage in any of the following activities without a valid annual license issued by the department:
562.05(1)(a) (a) The ownership and operation of a racetrack at which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted.
562.05(1)(b) (b) The sponsorship and management of any race on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted and which is not located at a fair.
562.05(1)(c) (c) The sponsorship and management of any horse race on which pari-mutuel wagering is conducted and which is located at a fair.
562.05(1)(d) (d) Any occupation required to be licensed under s. 562.02 (1) (am) or determined by the department under s. 562.02 (1) (am) to require a license.
562.05(1)(e) (e) The conduct of intertrack wagering.
562.05(1b) (1b) The department shall approve and conduct an examination to be administered to all applicants for a license under sub. (1) (d) to be a horse trainer. No license may be issued under sub. (1) (d) to a horse trainer unless the department determines that the applicant for the license is qualified as evidenced by the applicant's performance on the examination conducted under this subsection.
562.05(1c) (1c) If the applicant for a license under this section is an individual, the department may not issue or renew a license if the individual has not provided his or her social security number, unless the individual does not have a social security number and the applicant submits a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation as required under sub. (1e). If the applicant for a license under this section is not an individual, the department may not issue or renew a license if the person has not provided the person's federal employer identification number.
562.05(1e) (1e) If an applicant for a license under this section is an individual who does not have a social security number, the applicant shall submit to the department with his or her application a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation that the applicant does not have a social security number. The form of the statement shall be prescribed by the department of children and families. A license issued in reliance upon a false statement submitted under this subsection is invalid.
562.05(1g) (1g) A license issued under sub. (1) (a) may authorize the ownership and operation of a racetrack where horse racing is conducted, the ownership and operation of a racetrack not at a fair where dog racing is conducted or the ownership and operation of a racetrack not at a fair where both horse racing and dog racing are conducted. A license issued under sub. (1) (b) may authorize the sponsorship and management of horse races or dog races, or both horse races and dog races, at the same location.
562.05(1m) (1m) The department may not issue a license under sub. (1) (a) to (c) except after a public hearing.
562.05(2) (2) The department shall establish, by rule, the qualifications for any license required under sub. (1) and fix the fee for that license and any background investigation under sub. (7) related to that license. Any moneys received under this subsection shall be credited to the appropriation accounts under ss. 20.455 (2) (g) and 20.505 (8) (g).
562.05(2m) (2m) In issuing a license to own and operate a racetrack not at a fair, the department shall consider the competitive effects on any other licensee under sub. (1) (a) or (b). These competitive effects shall include, but not be restricted to, the impact on the economic viability of existing licensed racetracks and the jobs that have been created by such licensed racetracks.
562.05(3) (3) No person may hold more than one license issued under sub. (1) (a) and one license issued under sub. (1) (b) or (c). If the applicant for any of those licenses is a corporation, association, limited liability company or partnership, the department shall determine whether the applicant is the same person as another licensee for the purpose of applying this subsection. Nothing in this subsection prohibits any person with a license under sub. (1) from contracting for services with any other person with a license under sub. (1), subject to any rules promulgated by the department.
562.05(3m) (3m) The department may not accept an application for a license for a race under sub. (1) (c) unless the county board of the county in which that race will be conducted has approved the applicant's sponsorship and management of that race.
562.05(3r) (3r) The application for the first license under sub. (1) (a) to be issued for any location shall be accompanied by a resolution, supporting the proposed location of the racetrack and its ownership and operation by the applicant, which has been adopted, after a public hearing, by the governing body of the city, village or town where the racetrack is proposed to be located. A common council may not adopt such a resolution if an ordinance prohibiting the location of a racetrack at the proposed location has been adopted under s. 9.20 before May 3, 1988, or a petition for such an ordinance has been filed, under s. 9.20, before May 3, 1988. Except as provided in this subsection, no ordinance adopted under s. 9.20 or 66.0101 may prohibit the location of a racetrack in any city or village.
562.05(3w) (3w) Except as provided under subs. (3) to (3r), the department may issue a license under sub. (1) (a) if the department determines that all of the following conditions are met:
562.05(3w)(a) (a) At least 51% of the ownership interest in the racetrack is held by residents of this state.
562.05(3w)(b) (b) The license will not adversely affect the public health, welfare and safety.
562.05(3w)(c) (c) The racetrack will be operated in accordance with applicable laws.
562.05(3w)(d) (d) The applicant is qualified and financially able to operate a racetrack.
562.05(3wmr) (3wmr) If the condition under sub. (2m) is relevant to its decision, the department may consider secondary economic impacts of an applicant's proposal for a racetrack if the applicant proves by a preponderance of evidence that the alleged secondary impacts will enhance the success of the applicant's proposed racetrack and the location of the proposed racetrack would compliment existing development with the overall effect of increasing tourism and generating state revenues from out-of-state residents.
562.05(3wr) (3wr) The first license issued to each applicant under sub. (1) (a) for each racetrack expires after 5 years. Any subsequent license issued to the same applicant for that racetrack expires after one year.
562.05(3wt) (3wt) In the first license issued to each applicant under sub. (1) (a) for each racetrack, the department shall specify a date by which each of the types of racing authorized under the license shall begin at that racetrack. Upon request of the licensee, the department may change a specified date to an earlier or later date pursuant to rules of the department.
562.05(4) (4) Any application for a license to sponsor and manage a race shall be accompanied by a bond, in an amount determined by the department, which shall be sufficient to guarantee the payment of fees, taxes and other money due, including animal owners' purses and payouts on winning wagers.
562.05(4m) (4m) Except as provided in sub. (4), the department may issue a license under sub. (1) (b) if the department determines that all of the following conditions are met:
562.05(4m)(a) (a) The license will not adversely affect the public health, welfare and safety.
562.05(4m)(b) (b) The applicant will conduct races in accordance with applicable laws.
562.05(4m)(c) (c) The license will not create competition that will adversely affect any other licensee under sub. (1) (a) or (b).
562.05(5) (5)
562.05(5)(a)(a) No license may be issued under sub. (1) to any person to whom any of the following applies:
562.05(5)(a)1. 1. The person is in default on any payment required under this chapter or under any rule promulgated under this chapter or under any law of any other state related to pari-mutuel wagering or racing.
562.05(5)(a)2. 2. The person has been convicted of a felony within 20 years preceding the date of application in a state or federal court for which he or she has not been pardoned and restored to full civil rights or has been charged with the violation of a state or federal law which is a felony if that charge has not been dismissed or settled in any other way.
562.05(5)(a)3. 3. The person is or has been connected with or engaged in any business which is prohibited under the laws of this or another state or of the United States.
562.05(5)(a)4. 4. The person has been convicted of fraud or misrepresentation in connection with racing or animal breeding.
562.05(5)(a)5. 5. The person has been convicted of a violation of any law of this or another state or of the United States related to racing, pari-mutuel wagering or of any other form of gambling which is a serious violation, as defined by the department by rule.
562.05(5)(a)6. 6. The person has knowingly violated a rule or order of the department relating to pari-mutuel racing or any provision of this chapter or of ch. 27, 182 or 945.
562.05(5)(a)7. 7. The person has been convicted of a violation of any law of this or another state or of the United States related to the humane treatment of animals, including any rule promulgated under s. 562.02 (1) (b) or 562.105.
562.05(5)(a)8. 8. The person has accepted public money to construct or operate a racetrack in Wisconsin. This subdivision does not apply to any racetrack operated in conjunction with a county fair.
562.05(5)(a)9. 9. The person is delinquent in making court-ordered payments of child or family support, maintenance, birth expenses, medical expenses or other expenses related to the support of a child or former spouse, or fails to comply, after appropriate notice, with a subpoena or warrant issued by the department of children and families or a county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and relating to paternity or child support proceedings, as provided in a memorandum of understanding entered into under s. 49.857.
562.05(5)(a)10. 10. The person is liable for delinquent taxes, as certified by the department of revenue under s. 73.0301. Any person for whom a license is not issued under this paragraph for delinquent taxes is entitled to a notice under s. 73.0301 (2) (b) 1. b. and a hearing under s. 73.0301 (5) (a) but is not entitled to any other notice or hearing under this section.
562.05(5)(a)11. 11. The person is liable for delinquent unemployment insurance contributions, as certified by the department of workforce development under s. 108.227. Any person for whom a license is not issued under this paragraph for delinquent unemployment insurance contributions is entitled to a notice under s. 108.227 (2) (b) 1. b. and a hearing under s. 108.227 (5) (a) but is not entitled to any other notice or hearing under this section.
562.05(5)(b)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 4., if the applicant is a partnership, par. (a) applies to the partnership and each partner of the partnership.
562.05(5)(b)1L. 1L. Except as provided in subd. 4., if the applicant is a limited liability company, par. (a) applies to the limited liability company and to each of its members.
562.05(5)(b)2. 2. Except as provided in subd. 4., if the applicant is an association, par. (a) applies to the association and each officer and director of the association.
562.05(5)(b)3. 3. Except as provided in subd. 4., if the applicant is a corporation, par. (a) applies to the corporation, each officer or director of the corporation and each owner, directly or indirectly, of any equity security or other ownership interest in the corporation.
562.05(5)(b)3m. 3m. Except as provided in subd. 4., if the applicant for a license under sub. (1) (c) is a corporation, par. (a) applies to each officer and director of the corporation.
562.05(5)(b)4. 4. A restriction under par. (a) 2. to 8. does not apply to a partnership, limited liability company, association or corporation if the department determines that the partnership, association, limited liability company or corporation has terminated its relationship with each individual whose actions directly contributed to the application of that restriction to the partnership, association, limited liability company or corporation.
562.05(5)(c)1.1. Every application for a license under sub. (1) shall be accompanied by an affidavit which states that the applicant and any partner, member, officer, director and owner subject to par. (a), as specified in par. (b), and any other person with a present or future direct or indirect financial or management interest in the application, to the best of the applicant's knowledge, meets the qualifications under par. (a).
562.05(5)(c)2. 2. Except as otherwise provided in this subdivision, if after the application for a license is made or a license is issued any new officer, director, partner, member or owner subject to par. (a), as specified in par. (b), or any other new person with a present or future direct or indirect financial or management interest in the application or license joins the applicant or licensee, the applicant or licensee shall, within 5 working days, notify the department of the change and provide the affidavit under subd. 1. After an application for a license under sub. (1) (a) or (b) is made or after a license under sub. (1) (a) or (b) is issued, no ownership interest or right of ownership in the applicant or licensee may be transferred unless the applicant or licensee provides the affidavit under subd. 1. for the proposed new owner and the proposed new owner is approved by the department. The department shall conduct the background investigations required under sub. (7) of any new officer, director, partner, member, shareholder or proposed owner of an applicant or licensee named in a notice to the department under this subdivision.
562.05(6) (6) Every application for a license to own and operate a racetrack or for a license to sponsor and manage a race shall include a statement setting forth the assets and liabilities of the applicant.
562.05(6m) (6m)
562.05(6m)(a)1.1. An application for an intertrack wagering license shall identify each licensee under sub. (1) (b) on whose races the applicant proposes to conduct intertrack wagering and, except as provided in subd. 2., shall be accompanied by a statement, signed by each licensee that is identified in the application, giving consent to the applicant to conduct intertrack wagering on all races that are simulcast by the licensee during the licensee's race meeting.
562.05(6m)(a)2. 2. A licensee under sub. (1) (b) who signs a statement specified in subd. 1. is considered to have given consent to all applicants for intertrack wagering licenses to conducting intertrack wagering on all races that are simulcast by the licensee during the licensee's race meeting, and no similar statements signed by that licensee need be filed by other applicants for intertrack wagering licenses who propose to conduct intertrack wagering on those races.
562.05(6m)(b) (b) The department may not issue an intertrack wagering license unless the department determines that all of the following conditions are met:
562.05(6m)(b)1. 1. The applicant is licensed under sub. (1) (a) or (b).
562.05(6m)(b)2. 2. At least 250 race performances were conducted at the racetrack for which the applicant is licensed under sub. (1) (a) or (b) during the calendar year immediately preceding the year in which the applicant proposes to conduct intertrack wagering. The department may waive the requirement in this subdivision if the department determines that the waiver is in the public interest.
562.05(6m)(b)4. 4. The granting of the intertrack wagering license will not adversely affect the public health, welfare or safety.
562.05(6m)(c) (c) In considering whether to grant an intertrack wagering license, the department shall give due consideration to the best interests of the public and to maximizing revenue to the state.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)