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Gambling expansion bill in final negotiations at Statehouse
The new sponsor of a plan to expand Illinois' gambling says legislation proposing five new casinos is in final negotiations.
Democratic Rep. Bob Rita said Thursdaythat talks are "advancing rapidly." The bill cleared the Senate and awaits a House vote. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed two gaming bills but says he's open to a bill with ethical protections and money for schools.
Rita didn't say when a vote was expected. Lawmakers adjourn May 31. The bill proposes casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Chicago's south suburbs and Lake County. Rita of Blue Island says a south suburban casino is priority because it'll be an economic starter for the region.
Rita became sponsor after Democratic Rep. Lou Lang removed his name over a "perceived" conflict of interest.
The bill is SB1739.
By The Blood-Horse Staff • May 20, 2013 • Article #31919
A U.S. Senator and four members of the House of Representatives have introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013 to regulate/prohibit substances, methods, and treatments that can be used in racing. The legislation, introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Representatives Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), is not the same as the bill they introduced in the last Congress, according to the American Horse Council (AHC).
The bill calls for a new "independent anti-doping organization" to be responsible for "ensuring the integrity of horse races that are the subject of interstate off-track wagers and the safety of persons involved in such horse races," according to the AHC. "The bill gives this anti-doping organization authority to permit/prohibit the drugs and medications that may be administered to a horse in a race subject to an interstate off-track wager and set the withdrawal period for its administration."
The legislation prohibits a horse from receiving any medication or drug within 24 hours of a race. There is a two-year exception for furosemide (commonly known as Salix or Lasix) used for 3 year olds under the current Association of Racing Commissioners International rules and administered by a veterinarian with a client-patient relationship.
The legislation specifically designates the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)—a private, non-governmental agency that is the official anti-doping agency for the U.S. Olympics —to be the organization responsible for overseeing the initiative. According to the AHC, the bill charges USADA as the overseeing agency to develop and enforce rules for permitted and prohibited activities, including:
- Permitted substances, methods, and treatments that can be administered in the context of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship;
- Guidelines for the use of such permitted substances, methods, and treatments, including withdrawal times before a race; and
- Prohibited substances, methods, and treatments that cannot be administered.
Under the legislation, the USADA would also be charged with organizing programs for anti-doping education, research, testing, and adjudication to prevent a horse from racing under the influence of medications or drugs. In developing the rules and programs, the USADA can consult with state racing commissions, race tracks, horsemen's groups, and others.
USADA would have the authority to exclude any person from racing for the first violation of the rules against the use of any prohibited medication or drug and for the third violation of the rules against the use of permitted medications/drugs. Also, USADA has discretion to suspend any exclusion if a person assists in identifying other violations of the rules or federal or state laws under the legislation.
The AHC said the bill does not amend the Interstate Horseracing Act (IHA); rather it prohibits interstate wagering under the IHA without the "consent" of USADA. To offer interstate off-track wagers, the race track putting on the race, and the off-track system accepting the wager, must have the consent of USADA, in addition to the other consents presently required by the IHA. As part of granting this consent, the race track must have an agreement with USADA that includes the terms and conditions regarding compliance with the new rules and specifies payments to USADA to fund the costs of regulation and enforcement. USADA is charged with ensuring that all costs incurred in carrying out its duties and responsibilities under the new law are paid by the industry.
By tying the new requirements, even indirectly, to interstate wagering, it applies the new prohibitions and requirements to any race that is simulcast interstate under the IHA, the AHC reported.
The House bill (HR 2012) was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, on which Representatives Pitts, Whitfield, Schakowsky, and Eshoo sit. The Senate bill (S 973) was referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Horse racing: UAE to make doping horses a criminal offence
Giving anabolic steroids to horses will become a criminal offence in the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who also owns the Godolphin stables where 18 horses have failed tests for the drugs this year, said on ...
Missoula County commissioners vote to end horse racing at fairgrounds
Ninety-nine years after Lady Goo Goo won the first horse race at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, commissioners cut the cord with the sport Wednesday. Citing obligations of fiscal responsibility to taxpayers and what Commissioner Jean Curtiss called ...
Harness Racing Helping Oklahoma
Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio, wants harness racing to help the victims of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday, killing at least 24 people, including nine children. “Sugar Valley will donate a breeding to our pacing stallion Woodstock ...
Race cards at Inverness, Northside Downs postponed due to virus concerns
Harness racing cards set for this weekend at both Inverness Raceway and Northside Downs have been postponed due to concerns over a contagious virus. Topics : Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association , Maritime Provinces Harness ...
Dan Patch lights up Hoosier Park Saturday night
Harness racing's all-time leading money-winning driver and Hall of Famer, John Campbell, will make his way to Hoosier Park and has been enlisted to drive a Rocknroll Dance from post No. 8. Hurrikane Kingcole, with Brett Miller at the lines, has been ...
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