Panel: In Search of the Ideal Pari-Mutuel Industry Model

Edited press release

Legislators and industry officials will meet June 3 to discuss the regulation of pari-mutuel wagering and its pros and cons from state to state.

The panel discussion--"Regulating Racing: What is the Ideal Model?"--is part of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States meeting in Boston. On June 2, the organization will hold a two-hour hearing on Internet gambling and its impact on the gaming industry at large.

The June 3 panel discussion will look at issues such as offshore wagering, betting exchanges, and uniform medication and drug-testing standards. Panelists are Greg Avioli, senior vice president of legislative and corporate planning for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association; Steve Barham, associate coordinator of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program; Remi Bellocq, chief executive officer of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association; Jack Cory, who represents the national and Florida Greyhound racing associations; and Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

"While realizing the unique conditions that exist in each state, this session will explore systems that work well and systems that are challenged," Florida Sen. Steven Geller said. "It will investigate traditional as well as innovative legislative approaches. Experts from across the country will weigh in on what they view as the best ways to regulate pari-mutuels to serve states, consumers, owners and breeders, and the racing industry."

During the Boston meeting, NCLGS will examine other pari-mutuel matters, including RCI Integrity Services and related model rules and jockey-related issues including insurance and safety.

NCLGS is neither pro- nor anti-gaming. It exists to educate state legislators and other policymakers on issues dealing with gaming; seeks appropriate regulation of gaming; and works to preserve the traditional rights of the states to regulate and tax gaming.