240.08 OCCUPATION LICENSES.
Subdivision 1. Authority.
The commission may issue class C occupational licenses to
persons who wish to be employed in horse racing where pari-mutuel betting is conducted as:
(a) horse owners or lessees;
(b) jockeys or drivers;
(c) exercise riders;
(e) trainers and their assistants;
(f) pari-mutuel personnel;
(g) security officers;
(h) other occupations the commission by rule determines require licensing to ensure the
integrity of horse racing in Minnesota.
Subd. 2. Application.
An application for a class C license must be on a form the commission
prescribes and must be accompanied by an affidavit of qualification that the applicant:
(a) is not in default in the payment of an obligation or debt to the state under Laws 1983,
(b) does not have a felony conviction of record in a state or federal court and does not
have a state or federal felony charge pending;
(c) is not and never has been connected with or engaged in an illegal business;
(d) has never been found guilty of fraud or misrepresentation in connection with racing or
(e) has never been found guilty of a violation of law or rule relating to horse racing,
pari-mutuel betting or any other form of gambling which is a serious violation as defined by
the commission's rules; and
(f) has never knowingly violated a rule or order of the commission or a law of Minnesota
relating to racing.
The application must also contain an irrevocable consent statement, to be signed by the
applicant, which states that suits and actions relating to the subject matter of the application
or acts or omissions arising from it may be commenced against the applicant in any court of
competent jurisdiction in this state by the service on the secretary of state of any summons,
process, or pleading authorized by the laws of this state. If any summons, process, or pleading is
served upon the secretary of state, it must be by duplicate copies. One copy must be retained in
the Office of the Secretary of State and the other copy must be forwarded immediately by certified
mail to the address of the applicant, as shown by the records of the commission.
Subd. 3. Investigations.
The commission shall investigate each applicant for a class C
license to the extent it deems necessary, and may request the assistance of and may reimburse
the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement in investigating applicants. The commission
may by rule require that an applicant be fingerprinted or furnish the applicant's fingerprints.
Investigations must be conducted and their costs paid in the manner prescribed by section
. The commission may cooperate with national and international organizations and
agencies in conducting investigations. The commission may by rule provide for examining the
qualifications of an applicant for the license being applied for. The commission has access to all
criminal history data compiled by the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement on class
C applicants and licensees.
Subd. 4. License issuance and renewal.
If the commission determines that the applicant is
qualified for the occupation for which licensing is sought and will not adversely affect the public
health, welfare, and safety or the integrity of racing in Minnesota, it may issue a class C license to
the applicant. If it makes a similar finding for a renewal of a class C license it may renew the
license. Class C licenses are effective for one year.
Subd. 5. Revocation and suspension.
The commission may revoke a class C license for a
violation of law or rule which in the commission's opinion adversely affects the integrity of horse
racing in Minnesota, or for an intentional false statement made in a license application.
The commission may suspend a class C license for up to one year for a violation of law,
order or rule.
The commission may delegate to its designated agents the authority to impose suspensions
of class C licenses, and the suspension may be appealed to the commission according to its rules.
A license revocation or suspension for more than 90 days is a contested case under sections
of the Administrative Procedure Act and is in addition to criminal penalties
imposed for a violation of law or rule. The commission may summarily suspend a license for
more than 90 days prior to a contested case hearing where it is necessary to ensure the integrity
of racing. A contested case hearing must be held within 20 days of the summary suspension
and the administrative law judge's report must be issued within 20 days from the close of the
hearing record. In all cases involving summary suspension the commission must issue its final
decision within 30 days from receipt of the report of the administrative law judge and subsequent
exceptions and argument under section
History: 1983 c 214 s 8; 1984 c 655 art 1 s 35; 1985 c 212 s 7,8; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 69 s
1; 1989 c 334 art 1 s 11; 1997 c 129 art 2 s 15; 2001 c 59 s 1