The Virginia Racing Commission has become the third racing jurisdiction to join the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association (NAPRA) this year and the 26th since the group formed in June 1997.
Virginia also is one of seven states that had dropped out of the competing Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) since December. Other states that bolted include Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Virginia Racing Commission left the RCI because its goals were no longer compatible with the "policies and directions" of the RCI, according to commission chairwoman Robin Williams.
NAPRA was organized to help members effectively and efficiently regulate the pari-mutuel industry by providing a forum for the exchange of information between regulators.