C.R.S. Section 44-32-301
Racing commission

  • creation


There is created, within the division of racing events, the Colorado racing commission. The commission consists of five members, all of whom must be citizens of the United States and must have been residents of this state for the past five years. The members are appointed by the governor, with the consent and approval of the senate. No member shall have been convicted of a felony or gambling-related offense, notwithstanding the provisions of section 24-5-101. No more than three of the five members may be affiliated with the same political party. At the first meeting of each fiscal year, a chair and vice-chair of the commission shall be chosen from the membership by a majority of the members. Membership and operation of the commission shall additionally meet the following requirements:


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Two members of the commission shall have been previously engaged in the racing industry for at least five years;


One member shall be a practicing veterinarian who is currently licensed in Colorado and has been so licensed for not less than five years;


One member shall have been engaged in business in a management-level capacity for at least five years;


One member shall be a registered elector of the state who is not employed in any profession or industry otherwise described in this subsection (1)(a);


No more than two members of the commission may be from the same congressional district; and


One member of the commission must be from west of the continental divide.


The term of office for a member is four years; except that terms shall be staggered so that no more than two members’ terms expire in the same year. No member of the commission is eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms.


Any vacancy on the commission shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. The member appointed to fill the vacancy shall be from the same category described in subsection (1)(a) of this section as the member vacating the position.


Any member of the commission may be removed by the governor at any time.


The term of any member of the commission who misses more than two consecutive regular commission meetings without good cause shall be terminated and the member’s successor shall be appointed in the manner provided for appointments under this section.


Commission members shall be reimbursed for necessary travel and other reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.


Prior to confirmation by the senate, each member shall file with the secretary of state a financial disclosure statement in the form required and prescribed by the executive director. The statement shall be renewed as of each January 1 during the member’s term of office.


The commission shall hold at least one meeting each quarter and such additional meetings as may be prescribed by rules of the commission. In addition, special meetings may be called by the chair, any two commission members, or the director, if written notification of the meeting is delivered to each member at least seventy-two hours prior to the meeting. Notwithstanding section 24-6-402, in emergency situations in which a majority of the commission certifies that exigencies of time require that the commission meet without delay, the requirements of public notice and of seventy-two hours’ actual advance written notice to members may be dispensed with, and commission members as well as the public shall receive such notice as is reasonable under the circumstances. Any action by the commission during such emergency meetings shall be limited to those issues relating to the emergency situation for which the meeting was called.


A majority of the commission shall constitute a quorum, but the concurrence of a majority of the members appointed to the commission shall be required for any final determination by the commission.

Source: Section 44-32-301 — Racing commission - creation, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-44.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

Legislative declaration
Definitions - rules - repeal
Division and commission subject to termination
Division of racing events - creation - representation - rules
Director - qualifications - powers and duties - rules
Investigators - peace officers
Board of stewards or judges
Racing cash fund
Racing commission - creation
Organization and officers - duties - representation
Director and commission members - position of trust - conflicts of interest - definition
Regulation of race meets and racing-related businesses - additional facilities - rules
Delegation of authority to issue certain licenses and registrations - rules
Rules of commission - licensing - record check
Business licenses
Meet licenses
Application - fee - waiver of confidentiality
Investigation - denial, suspension, and revocation actions against licensees - unlawful acts
License - mandatory disqualification - criteria
Hearings - review - rules
Liability insurance - bond for race meets
Racing of standardbred harness horses
Eligibility to operate race meets - renewal or revocation
Division of racing events - access to records
Payments of winnings - intercept
Underage wagering
Simulcast facilities and simulcast races - unlawful act - repeal
Duration of meets
Greyhound racing prohibited
Wagering on historic races - definitions
License fees and Colorado-bred horse race requirement - rules - greyhound welfare and adoption fund - repeal
Unlawful to wager - exception - excess - taxes - special provisions for simulcast races - rules - repeal
Pari-mutuel pools for race meets and simulcast races
Limitations on pari-mutuel wagering
Horse breeders’ and owners’ awards and supplemental purse fund - awards - advisory committee - rules
Payments to state - disposition
Agreement of this state
Criminal and civil penalties
Cancellation of license
Exclusion from licensed premises
Repeal of article - review of functions
Green check means up to date. Up to date

Current through Fall 2024

§ 44-32-301’s source at colorado​.gov