Kentucky Racing Authority Measure Passes Senate

Legislation to establish the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and move it under the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet was passed by the state Senate Feb. 24 and sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher in January abolished the Kentucky Racing Commission under executive order and formed the authority. However, the legislature must pass a reorganization measure to amend the statutes that govern pari-mutuel racing.

The bill, with the exception of minor changes, reiterates the rules under which horse racing operates in the state. Sen. Damon Thayer carried the bill on the Senate floor.

The authority already has held two meetings, and is scheduled to meet the third Monday of each month.

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