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California Assembly Passes Drug Testing Bill

The state Assembly approved legislation Thursday to allow the California Horse Racing Board to conduct milkshake testing and allow use of the University of California at Davis as the primary laboratory for all drug analysis for horse racing in the Golden State.

Takeout Increase Gains Calif. Assembly Nod

A bill aimed at easing the strain of workers' compensation insurance costs for California horsemen by raising pari-mutuel takeout on exotic wagers by a half of a percentage point cleared the state Assembly by unanimous vote May 3. It is headed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for his signature.

Calif. Takeout Bill Could be Signed This Week

California racing officials are hopeful that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign legislation this week that would increase the takeout on exotic wagers by a half of a percentage point to help offset rising workers' compensation insurance premiums.

Calif. Workers' Comp Take-Out Bill Falls Short

Partisan wrangling in the California State Assembly on the final day of the 2003 legislative session kept an urgency bill mandating a 0.5% increase in the exotic wagering take-out from gaining final approval Sept. 12. It will likely return for consideration in January.

California Workers' Comp Bill Signed by Davis

Legislation allowing California horsemen to use a portion of the money generated from off-track wagering to help defray spiraling workers' compensation insurance costs has been signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis. It's one of several horse racing-related bills in the state approved this week.

Bill Diverts Funds for Workers' Comp Insurance

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California horsemen and racetracks could create a workers' compensation insurance fund with purse money diverted from marketing programs as well as their vanning and stabling program under legislation headed for the state Senate.

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