HOUSE BILL NO. 2060
AS AMENDED BY FREE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
C 385 L 89 PV
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Representatives Patrick, Leonard, Beck, Vekich, Baugher, Prentice, Crane, Doty, Inslee, Padden, Kremen, Rayburn, Holland, Walker, Wolfe, Silver, Ballard, Miller, Rector, Winsley, Smith and Todd
Read first time 2/17/89 and referred to Committee on Commerce & Labor.
AN ACT Relating to the horse racing industry; amending RCW 51.16.140, 51.32.073, and 67.16.020; adding a new section to chapter 51.16 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 67.16 RCW; creating a new section; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 51.16 RCW to read as follows:
(1) The department shall assess premiums, under the provisions of this section, for certain horse racing employments licensed in accordance with chapter 67.16 RCW. This premium assessment shall be for the purpose of providing industrial insurance coverage for employees of trainers licensed under chapter 67.16 RCW, including but not limited to exercise riders, pony riders, and grooms, and including all on or off track employment. For the purposes of sections 1 through 5 of this act a hotwalker shall be considered a groom. The department may adopt rules under chapter 34.05 RCW to carry out the purposes of this section, including rules providing for alternative reporting periods and payment due dates for coverage under this section. The department rules shall ensure that no licensee licensed prior to the effective date of this act shall pay more than the assessment fixed at the basic manual rate.
(2) The department shall compute industrial insurance premium rates on a per license basis, which premiums shall be assessed at the time of each issuance or renewal of the license for owners, trainers, and grooms in amounts established by department rule for coverage under this section. Premium assessments shall be determined in accordance with the requirements of this title, except that assessments shall not be experience rated and shall be fixed at the basic manual rate. However, rates may vary according to differences in working conditions at major tracks and fair tracks.
(3) For the purposes of paying premiums and assessments under this section and making reports under this title, individuals licensed as trainers by the Washington horse racing commission shall be considered employers. The premium assessment for a groom's license shall be paid by the trainer responsible for signing the groom's license application and shall be payable at the time of license issuance or renewal.
(4) The fee to be assessed on owner licenses as required by this section shall not exceed one hundred fifty dollars. However, those owners having less than a full ownership in a horse or horses shall pay a percentage of the required license fee that is equal to the total percentage of the ownership that the owner has in the horse or horses. In no event shall an owner having an ownership percentage in more than one horse pay more than a one hundred fifty-dollar license fee. The assessment on each owner's license shall not imply that an owner is an employer, but shall be required as part of the privilege of holding an owner's license.
(5) Premium assessments under this section shall be collected by the Washington horse racing commission and deposited in the industrial insurance trust funds as provided under department rules.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 67.16 RCW to read as follows:
In addition to the license fees authorized by this chapter, the commission shall collect the industrial insurance premium assessments required under section 1 of this act from trainers, grooms, and owners. The industrial insurance premium assessments required under section 1 of this act shall be retroactive to January 1, 1989, and shall be collected from all licensees whose licenses were issued after that date. The commission shall deposit the industrial insurance premium assessments in the industrial insurance trust fund as required by rules adopted by the department of labor and industries.
Sec. 3. Section 51.16.140, chapter 23, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 29, chapter 350, Laws of 1977 ex. sess. and RCW 51.16.140 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Every employer who is not a self-insurer shall deduct from the pay of each of his or her workers one-half of the amount he or she is required to pay, for medical benefits within each risk classification. Such amount shall be periodically determined by the director and reported by him or her to all employers under this title: PROVIDED, That the state governmental unit shall pay the entire amount into the medical aid fund for volunteers, as defined in RCW 51.12.035, and the state apprenticeship council shall pay the entire amount into the medical aid fund for registered apprentices or trainees, for the purposes of RCW 51.12.130. The deduction under this section is not authorized for premiums assessed under section 1 of this 1989 act.
(2) It shall be unlawful for the employer, unless specifically authorized by this title, to deduct or obtain any part of the premium or other costs required to be by him or her paid from the wages or earnings of any of his or her workers, and the making of or attempt to make any such deduction shall be a gross misdemeanor.
Sec. 4. Section 9, chapter 14, Laws of 1980 and RCW 51.32.073 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, each employer shall retain from the earnings of each worker that amount as shall be fixed from time to time by the director, the basis for measuring said amount to be determined by the director. The money so retained shall be matched in an equal amount by each employer, and all such moneys shall be remitted to the department in such manner and at such intervals as the department directs and shall be placed in the supplemental pension fund: PROVIDED, That the state apprenticeship council shall pay the entire amount into the supplemental pension fund for registered apprentices or trainees during their participation in supplemental and related instruction classes. The moneys so collected shall be used exclusively for the additional payments from the supplemental pension fund prescribed in this title and for the amount of any increase payable under the provisions of RCW 51.32.075, as now or hereafter amended, and shall be no more than necessary to make such payments on a current basis. The department may require a self-insurer to make any additional payments which are payable from the supplemental pension fund and thereafter such self-insurer shall be reimbursed therefrom.
(2) None of the amount assessed for the supplemental pension fund under section 1 of this 1989 act may be retained from the earnings of workers covered under section 1 of this 1989 act.
Sec. 5. Section 4, chapter 55, Laws of 1933 as last amended by section 2, chapter 146, Laws of 1985 and RCW 67.16.020 are each amended to read as follows:
It shall be
the duty of the commission, as soon as it is possible after its organization,
to prepare and promulgate a complete set of rules and regulations to govern the
race meets in this state. It shall determine and announce the place, time and
duration of race meets for which license fees are exacted; and it shall be the
duty of each person holding a license under the authority of this chapter, and
every owner, trainer, jockey, and attendant at any race course in this state,
to comply with all rules and regulations promulgated and all orders issued by
the commission. It shall be unlawful for any person to hold any race meet
without having first obtained and having in force and effect a license issued
by the commission as in this chapter provided; and it shall be unlawful for any
owner, trainer or jockey to participate in race meets in this state without
first securing a license therefor from the state racing commission, the fee for
which shall be set by the commission which shall offset the cost of
administration and shall not be for a period exceeding ((
NEW SECTION. Sec. 6. The house commerce and labor committee and the senate economic development and labor committee, in conjunction with the horse racing commission and the department of labor and industries, shall conduct a study of industrial insurance coverage of the horse racing industry, specifically including coverage for jockeys. The committees shall report the results of the study to the house of representatives and the senate by December 1, 1989.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.