The new legislation would create a Bureau of Horse Racing tasked with duties ranging from drug testing enforcement to gift exchanges between breeders, owners, and trainers. Weiner, Esq., Partner at TheLegalBlitz.com
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Members of the Pennsylvania Senate have introduced Senate Bill No. in Economics in 1979, Pileggi went on to earn a J.D. He chairs the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee and is a member of the Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. Since the General Assembly authorized slot and table gaming in Pennsylvania in 2004, the number of races, the number of horses racing, and the size of purses have all increased dramatically.
We want to position Pennsylvania as a national leader. 1188, which if enacted, would reform the regulatory oversight of the multi-billion dollar horse racing industry in the state. Our mission is to frame all aspects of athletics – including but not limited to competition, contracts, agents, media & technology, marketing & sponsorships, franchises & stadiums, economics, communications, and labor relations – in the context of law through a forum that everyone can enjoy and learn.
These goals will be accomplished by:
On top of that, since additional means of wagering on horse races, including via the Internet, have become available, the state has seen a decline in live betting – the primary revenue source for the State Racing Fund, which is used for regulatory oversight.
The law governing horse racing in Pennsylvania has not been updated in almost 30 years. To read the complete article, please CLICK HERE.
In other words, Pennsylvania has experienced a large expansion in the racing market since 2004 while simultaneously experiencing declining revenues to support the necessary regulatory oversight.
Placing responsibility for oversight of the industry with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and dissolving the two separate commissions which are now responsible for those duties.
Strengthening Pennsylvania’s drug-testing program by authorizing testing at off-site training and boarding facilities, authorizing out-of-competition testing, and authorizing a testing fee which will include the cost of equipment, supplies, and facilities.
Prohibiting track personnel or relatives from receiving gifts from breeders, trainers and other persons.
Moving fines and fees, along with a significant percentage of both thoroughbred and standardbred breakage to the State Racing Fund to ensure the Gaming Control Board has the resources needed to enforce the act. Establishing a surcharge on purses for marketing and promotion of Pennsylvania racing.
Providing a statutory framework for the current practice of Internet wagering on horse racing.
What was the impetus for the drafting of this proposed legislation?. We hope our law can be used as a model for other states who wish to grow the horse racing industry while ensuring its integrity with strong oversight. Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Pileggi served as Mayor of the City of Chester.
This bill has a lot of components to it – what are the highlights of which Pennsylvania residents should be aware?
Our goals are to make Pennsylvania a national leader in ensuring the integrity of the horse racing industry, to continue the growth of an industry which provides more than 23,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and contributes significantly to open space preservation, and to better fit the regulation of horse racing within the context of how Pennsylvania regulates other forms of legal gambling, such as slots, table games, small games of chance and the state lottery.
What effect can we expect this to have beyond Pennsylvania’s borders?
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Among the sponsors of this bill is PA Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9th District). […]
By: Alex S. Moreover, and perhaps of most interest to the many commentators following this story, the new legislation would effectively phase out the Racing Commissions that currently operates under the PA Department of Agriculture and would instead have the new bureau be run by the Gaming Control Board, which would also have the ability to grant online horse-race betting licenses to casinos across the state.
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