The usual Washington, D.C., politicking notwithstanding, the pari-mutuel industry continues to hope protection for interstate simulcasting and account wagering ends up becoming law when Congress reconvenes for a lame-duck session Nov. 14.
A provision in a Commerce and Justice Department state appropriations bill clarifies the Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978 to support simulcasting and account wagering between states in which they are legal. President Clinton has said he would veto the omnibus bill but for other reasons. If those issues are resolved, the language has a chance of being included in the omnibus bill.
Meanwhile, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, which passed the Senate last year but got hung up in the House of Representatives this year, is still out there and, like any othe piece of legislation on Capitol Hill, could resurface during the lame-duck session.