The New Mexico House Feb. 4 rejected a bill that would have authorized the state Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of a slaughter facility to process horse meat for human consumption.
The Illinois Senate May 31 gave final legislative approval to a sweeping expansion of gaming in Illinois, including authorization for slot machines at racetracks.
The Illinois House May 30 passed legislation that would permit slot machines at the state's race tracks as part of a dramatic expansion of gaming around the state.
The Michigan House has approved a bill that would restore some funding for the state's horse racing programs.
The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association responded May 14 to legislation introduced in the state that would permit video lottery terminals at additional venues. The state's racing purses have grown considerably in the past few years with revenue from slots at the racetracks.
Instant Racing bill rejected by Virginia House. Conference committee could take up but session ends Feb. 24.
In general, reaction in the Thoroughbred industry has been positive to a Kentucky bill that is designed to protect horse buyers from being defrauded.
Bills have been introduced in the Senate and House to help resolve the problem of a cap on foreign workers.
Assembly member Jerome E. Horton announced legislation Dec. 7 to combat illegal substances in California racehorses, in particular milkshakes.
For those who want to get their information straight from the horse's mouth, Dollar Bill has started his own website. Well, maybe there was human intervention somewhere in there, but Mary and Gary West's 3-year-old classic contender writes in the first-person on the site, which is aimed at his fans, known as 'Billsters.'
California Gov. Gray Davis, who is opposed to the expansion of gambling in his state, has vetoed legislation that would have paved the way for account wagering. The decision is a blow to racetracks and account-wagering providers who hoped for serious growth in pari-mutuel handle.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- California Gov. Gray Davis will be doing the right thing by signing the account wagering legislation into law.
Both houses of the New Jersey legislature approved a measure to authorize account wagering and off-track betting in the state, but Gov. Christine Whitman plans to veto it.
Several high-profile racing bills suffered quick deaths as the New York legislature ended its 2000 session.
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