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Request For Veto To Decoupling Bill

May 21, 2021:

On Friday (May 21), the United States Trotting Association delivered a letter to Florida governor Ron DeSantis from USTA president Russell Williams urging him to veto the recently passed decoupling bill (SB 8A) that provided an exemption for Thoroughbred racing, but not harness racing, in the state....read on

Florida Passes Decoupling Bill

May 20, 2021:

On Wednesday (May 19), the Florida legislature passed a decoupling bill that did not include an exemption for harness racing in the state....read on

Decoupling Still Possible In Florida

May 18, 2021:

Reports indicate that the Florida Senate approved a measure Tuesday (May 18) that would allow racetracks and other gaming sites to host some other forms of gambling, effectively ending harness racing in the State of Florida, despite pushback from the House....read on

FL Decoupling Dead For ’17 Session

May 3, 2017:

It has been reported that a gambling legislation deal in Florida that included decoupling ‘went down the drain’ on Tuesday, May 2, three days before the scheduled end of the legislative session....read on

Florida Decoupling Bill Moves Forward

April 3, 2017:

On Thursday, March 30 in Florida, decoupling legislation Senate Bill 8 was advanced via a vote of 32-6. The bill would allow slot machines to be introduced to existing pari-mutuel locations, and would also allow some locations to continue to offer slots gaming while dropping its pari-mutuel offerings....read on

No Action On Florida Decoupling

March 12, 2016:

On Friday, Florida's 2016 Legislative Session concluded without passing any approval for decoupling horse racing from gaming operations....read on

FL Decoupling Amendment Filed

March 10, 2016:

Officials with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association have made the industry aware that – in a move that was expected, to a degree – that a decoupling amendment that would separate ‪‎harness racing‬ from cardroom operations in the state could be addressed today (Thursday, March 10 ) in the ‪‎Florida Senate‬ as SB 1050 or HB 1187....read on

Horsemen’s Florida Meetings Conclude

March 10, 2016:

Harness Horsemen International’s annual meetings concluded on Wednesday, March 9 at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla....read on

Lee: Florida Decoupling Postponed

March 1, 2016:

Published media reports that have come out of Florida on Tuesday (March 1) have cited the state’s Senate Appropriations Chair, Tom Lee, as saying that the massive state gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe that would allow the majority of Florida racetracks to offer gaming without having to offer pari-mutuel horse racing is being postponed....read on

Stathis Stepping Up To The Plate

February 29, 2016:

Armed with international industry stakeholder support, Sam Stathis—Founder and Chairman of Stathis Enterprises and the World Chariot Racing Federation—is on a mission to save harness racing in Florida before it is too late....read on

FL Committee Passes Decoupling Bill

February 18, 2016:

On Wednesday, February 18, a Florida Senate committee passed SB7072, a piece of legislation related to the state gaming compact that, among other things, calls for ‘decoupling,’ which would allow the majority of Florida racetracks to offer gaming without having to offer pari-mutuel horse racing....read on

Committee In FL To Address Decoupling

February 17, 2016:

Decoupling will be of paramount concern for horsemen and those who are worried about its imminent devastating effects to Florida's Thoroughbred, American Quarter Horse and Standardbred industries when the Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee meets Wednesday (February 17) at 1:30 p.m. (EST)....read on

Florida Closer To Decoupling

February 10, 2016:

Reports from Florida indicate that the state's laws requiring racetracks to conduct live racing in order to host expanded gaming are still alive, but the legislation enabling decoupling took a step forward on Tuesday....read on

FL Horsepeople To Address Politicians

February 9, 2016:

United Florida Horsemen officials will be on hand in Tallahassee Tuesday (Feb. 9) to represent racehorse owners, trainers and breeders at two legislative committees scheduled to take up gambling-related bills that could devastate Florida's horse racing industry by allowing 'decoupling.'...read on

Florida Horsepeople Reiterate Stance

February 4, 2016:

In the wake of news today that the Florida House Regulatory Affairs Committee would be drafting a bill for ‘partial decoupling,’ Florida's racehorse owners, trainers and breeders vehemently restated their opposition to decoupling in any form....read on


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