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October 2010 Minutes

Virginia Racing Commission


October 6, 2010


In Attendance:
Commission Members:
Peter C. Burnett, Chairman
Clinton Miller, Vice-Chairman
Mark Brown
David Reynolds
Stuart Siegel

Commission Staff:
Victor I. Harrison, Executive Secretary

Attorney General’s Office:
Amy K. Dilworth
Frank Ferguson

At 4:35 p.m., the special meeting of the Commission was called to order by Chairman Burnett. He made the following motion for closed session, “Pursuant to VA Code Section 2.2-3711(A)(7), I move that the Commission convene a closed meeting for the following purpose: Consultation with legal counsel employed or retained by a public body regarding specific legal matters requiring the provision of legal advice by such counsel.” The motion was seconded by Commissioner Siegel and all present responded, “Aye.”

Upon emerging from closed session, the Chairman made the following statement, “I hereby certify, pursuant to VA Code Section 2.2-3712, that to the best of each member’s knowledge (i) only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements under this chapter and (ii) only such public business matters as were identified in the motion by which the closed meeting was convened were heard, discussed or considered in the meeting by the public body.” The certification was confirmed by unanimous roll call vote.

1. Chairman Burnett then led a discussion on the drafting of an appropriate response to the request from the Commonwealth Attorney in Newport News for VRC input on the issue of ADW terminals and kiosks operating in a public venue within Newport News. It was agreed without formal motion that the Assistant Attorney General will create an original draft response for distribution to and comment from the Commission.

2. A general discussion followed on steps that may be taken by the VRC to stop unauthorized online wagering from occurring in the Commonwealth. It was agreed without formal motion that the Executive Secretary will draft a letter to the offending parties that will also be distributed to the AG’s office, Superintendent of State Police and others.

3. The Chairman made a motion that, subject to approval of counsel, Benevolence funds be used to correct a safety issue relative to the jogging and training of horses in the barn area of the backstretch. The motion was seconded by Mark Brown. The Commissioners approved it unanimously.

There being no further business, it was moved, seconded, and carried to adjourn the October 6, 2010, special meeting of the Commission at 6:33 p.m.



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