Legislation Impacting Racing Greyhounds
Legislation Sponsored by CAGR
Pennsylvania HB 67
Signed into Law by Governor Corbett – July 7, 2011
“An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in other offenses, further providing for the offense of greyhound racing.
…A person shall not transmit or receive interstate or intrastate simulcasting of a greyhound race in this Commonwealth for monetary remuneration……”
Other State Legislative efforts 2012
Arizona SB 1273 – Governor Brewer signed into law May 10, 2012
SB 1273 – Provides for the reduction of live racing requirements from te current 50 weeks to 100 days per year.
Feb 16th, SB 1273 passed the Senate with a vote of 28 Yes – 2 No
March 14th, SB 1273 unanimously passed the House Commerce Committee
April 5th, SB 1273 passed the House of Representatives (54 Yes, 5 No)
Florida HB 641 – Died in Business & Consumer Affairs Committee on March 9, 2012
HB 641 – “Provides that greyhound permitholder shall not be required to conduct minimum number of live performances; revises provisions relating to applications, converted permits & tax credits, tax exemptions or license fee credits, greyhound racing purses, intertrack wagering, slot machine gaming licenses & gaming areas, & cardroom licenses.”
Florida SB 382 – Died on March 9, 2012
SB 382 – “Prohibiting a minimum requirement of live performances for greyhound permitholders; revising the requirements for an application for a license to conduct performances; removing a requirement for holders of certain converted permits to conduct a full schedule of live racing to qualify for certain tax credits; revising provisions relating to the tax on handle for dogracing and intertrack wagering; revising a condition of licensure for the conduct of slot machine gaming; revising the requirements for initial and renewal issuance of a cardroom license to a greyhound permitholder, etc.”
Jan 26th, SB 382 passed the Regulated Industries Senate Subcommittee (6 Yes, 4 No)
Iowa SSB 1064 – Assigned to Senate State Government Committee
SSB 1064 – “A study bill for an act concerning live dog racing at pari-mutuel dog race tracks, establishing fees, and including effective date provisions.”
February 8th – Last Action
CAGR NOTE: This bill allows for dog tracks meeting certain criteria to request discontinuation of live racing and maintain a license for pari-mutuel wagering on telecast dog races.
Iowas HSB 208 – Assigned to House State Government Committee
HSB 208 – “A study bill concerning live dog racing at pari-mutuel dog racetracks and including effective date provisions.”
Februray 8th – Last Action
CAGR NOTE: This bill is a companion bill to SSB 1064 listed above.
Kansas – SB 414 -Currently referred to the Agriculture Committee
SB 414 – “An Act concerning agriculture, relating to animal health.”
February 23rd – Last Action
CAGR NOTE: In section 26, which covers pet animals, item (j) defines “Dog”…as any animal which is wholly or in part of the species Canis familiaris but does not include any greyhound…”. The exclusion of greyhounds has been removed in the current version of this bill.
Kansas SB 319 – Currently Referred to the Senate for Hearing
SB 319 “An Act concerning the Kansas expanded lottery act; relating to racetrack gaming facilities; relating to pari-mutuel racing……” Section 1 states: “…shall provide for the establishment of a framework for encouraging economic opportunity in rural Kansas through the expansion of horse and greyhound ownership, breeding and investment.”
January 25th – Last Action
CAGR NOTE: The Bill outlines requirements for live greyhound racing which ceased in 2008, and specifies the minimum number of live racing days as well as lottery (slot) revenues that are to be paid to the state and local governments. Kansas tracks had pushed for slot machines and after they were approved by the state in 2008, the percentage of slot revenue the track would be required to pay proved too costly to continue greyhound racing. SB 319 has lowered the revenue percentage…will it be enough of a drop to revive live greyhound racing in Kansas?? WE HOPE NOT!
Live greyhound racing is banned in 10 States
Maine, Virginia, Vermont, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire
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