The purposes of the FHBPA are as follows:
(A)To promote the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing in the State of Florida.
(B)To foster, promote and otherwise encourage a healthier economic climate and a higher level of public acceptance of the thoroughbred horse industry in the State of Florida and better relations among its participants.
(C)To protect the safety of members, their stable personnel and their horses; to work with racetrack management to ensure acceptable training and stable area conditions, proper emergency preparedness and procedures, responsible vanning service and reasonable stabling arrangements, accommodations and schedules.
(D)To bring about a closer and more understanding relationship between Florida horsemen, Florida racing associations, the State of Florida and its various branches of government, including but not limited to, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering, and its departments and sub-divisions, and the public.
(E)To take part and advise with all officials and representatives, racing associations, the Division, and other racing organizations in the establishment of proper laws, rules and conditions that affect in any manner pari-mutuel wagering, awards, the interests of horsemen, their employees, and backstretch personnel.
(F)To represent the interests and property rights of its members in any matters with any racing association, jockey’s organization or any other industry related organization regarding, but not limited to purse structure and distribution, off-track betting, simulcasting, television rights, interest generated on member’s monies, jockey’s fees and any contract involving horsemen’s interests.
(G)To represent the general interest of its members in any matters with any local, state or federal government and any agency thereof, including, but not limited to the Division, which may include participation in the formulation of proposed legislation and revisions to existing legislation, participation in the formulation of proposed rules and revisions to existing rules, and other endeavors consistent with the objections of Sub-sections 3(B), 3(D), 3(F) and this Sub-section 3(G).
(H)To inform and educate its members and other segments of the horse industry and to foster a better understanding of the horse industry by the horse racing community; to arrange for publications, seminars and any other activities or services which will achieve such purpose, including, but not limited to participation in the establishment of thresholds for the testing of therapeutic medications and the dissemination of information related thereto to members of the Association.
(I) To establish benefits and privileges for members in good standing as determined by the Board of Directors, and to provide benevolence for its members in good standing who are in need as well as backside employees who are also licensed by the Division as determined by the Board of Directors or a committee appointed by the Board of Directors.
(J)To purchase, take, receive, lease, take by gift, devise or bequest, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, improve, and use real or personal property, or any interest therein, wherever property, or any interest therein, wherever situated. To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, transfer and otherwise dispose of all or any part of its property and assets.
(K)To perform any other act or do any other thing authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors that is authorized by law and is not otherwise inconsistent or in conflict with any other provision of these Bylaws.
(L)Notwithstanding any other provision contained herein, in no event shall any part of the earnings of this Association inure to the benefit of any individual member in his capacity as such. This shall not mean that a member may not be compensated for services rendered as a salaried employee.
(M) To otherwise assist its members in any matters affecting their interests in thoroughbred racing in the State of Florida.