CHRB Dropped From Reorganization Plan

The California Horse Racing Board has been dropped from a massive government reorganization plan submitted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a state review commission Jan. 6.

Under the original plan announced in early August by Schwarzenegger's California Performance Review, the racing board would have been eliminated and its duties folded into a newly created giant regulatory board, the Department of Commerce and Consumer Protection.

However, in a somewhat scaled-back version sent to the state's Little Hoover Commission for review and recommendations, the CHRB was not among 88 boards or commissions targeted for consolidation.

"That's not surprising," said Mac Taylor, an assistant in the state legislative analyst office who confirmed that the CHRB was not on the targeted list. "Much of (the California Performance Review) has changed since it was first released."

Bob Martinez, a spokesman for the performance review, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the CHRB's ommission "means it's not recommended for elimination."

Many of the boards listed are primarily concerned with licensing. Because the CHRB is in charge of many other aspects of the sport, there was concern that the racing industry would not receive the same close attention under the guidance of a general agency.

The Little Hoover Commission has 60 days to review the governor's reorganization scheme and submit its report to the legislature.