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Lawmakers: Final Touches Put on VLT Legislation

Officials in New York are closing in on a historic gambling package that would give some racetracks video lottery terminals, permit up to six Indian-owned casinos in western New York and the Catskill Mountains, and expand the
state's lottery offerings.

Mixed Bag for California Legislation

California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation authorizing the California Horse Racing Board to enter into an interstate compact for owners license but vetoed a bill that would have permitted racetracks and owners to lower takeout on betting handle.

Testimony of Gregory C. Avioli to Oversight And Investigations Subcommittee

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The following testimony was scheduled to be presented Thursday, July 12, by Gregory C. Avioli, deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, to the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.

Bay State Tracks, Horsemen Await Bill's Fate

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The future of horse racing in Massachusetts is brighter after the State House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that extends simulcasting rights to racetracks and earmarks additional revenue for purses. The state Senate is scheduled to tackle the legislation Thursday.

Racing-Related Issues Surface in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania legislator said he plans to call this fall for county referendums on the issue of slot machines at the state's four racetracks. Meanwhile, a resolution that seeks an economic impact study to develop ways the state "can help maintain fiscal soundness" of the horse racing and breeding industry has been introduced.

Bill Would Let NYRA Trim Aqueduct Meet

The state Senate unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Senate Racing Committee chairman William Larkin that would, at the request of the New York Racing Association, change state law to lower the number of mandatory racing days at Aqueduct from 107 to 95.

CTBA Looks to Legislation, Industry Improvements

Drive-through windows at simulcasting facilities and wagering from home are just some of the ideas on the table of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. In addition, the CTBA hopes racing-related legislation passes this year.

Indiana Riverboats Lose Effort to Get Dockside Gambling

Efforts by Indiana riverboat casino interests to get approval of dockside gambling fell short when the Senate Rules Committee voted 5-3 against the legislation. According to published reports, one factor in the bill's failure was an amendment that deleted authorization for pull-tab gaming at Churchill Downs-managed Hoosier Park and off-track betting sites in the state. The amendment also did away with a proposed OTB site in the resort area of French Lick.

Account-Bet Provisions Stripped From Arkansas Bill

Legislation that would grant Oaklawn Park a reduction in its pari-mutuel excise tax is back in the Arkansas Senate's Committee on Revenue and Tax after having failed to pass the Senate Thursday. The bill has already been amended to strike out language that would authorize Oaklawn and Southland Greyhound Park to engage in account wagering.

New York Bill Would OK Race-Day Bute

The use of phenylbutazone would be permitted on race days in New York under legislation recently proposed by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, a Yonkers Raceway booster. In New York, the pain-killer can't be administered to a horse within 48 hours of a race.

VLTs, Purse Supplements Proposed in Maryland

A flurry of legislative activity in Maryland has left four measures in committee, one which would authorize a constitutional amendment by referendum for video lottery terminals at racetracks. The other bills deal with purse supplements, satellite wagering facilities, and live racing and simulcasting in the evening.

Purses, Account Wagering Bills on Track in New Jersey

A bill which would appropriate $18 million to purses at New Jersey racetracks is scheduled to go before a Senate committee on Thursday, where it is expected to pass, according to a Barbara DeMarco-Reiche, lobbyist for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Inc. The monies would boost purses at the upcoming Monmouth Park meet, as well as the fall Meadowlands meet, to nearly $300,000 per day.

Congress Approves Horse Racing Legislation Before Adjournment

Before Congress adjourned Friday, legislation clarifying the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 regarding simulcast and account wagering was passed as part of a package of appropriations bills. The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act was not part of the legislation passed Friday and sent to President Clinton for his signature. The legislation, advanced by Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning, both Kentucky Republicans, and Rep. Hal Rogers, also a Republican from Kentucky, was sought to address concerns that arose as part of the internet gambling prohibition bill.

Legal Protection for Interstate Simulcasting No Sure Thing

Members of the U.S. House and Senate last week approved an amendment to the Interstate Horse Racing Act that would clarify the legal status of simulcasting, commingled pools, and account wagering between state's with legalized pari-mutuel wagering. Despite the passage, however, legal protection for interstate simulcasting is far from assured.

Gray Skies

By Ray Paulick -- For California's career politician, Gov. Gray Davis, it's politics as usual.

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