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PA Senators Looking To Amend Racing Act

Published: November 1, 2013 3:58 pm ET

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It has been reported that a handful of Pennsylvania Senators have announced that they will be pushing for increased oversight of the state’s horse racing industry.

An article by explains that the Senators – Elder Vogel Jr., Dominic Pileggi, Joseph Scarnati and Robert Tomlinson – are looking to amend the state’s Race Horse Industry Reform Act of 1981.

The report states that some of the changes the Senators are calling for include: the authorization of drug testing at off-site training and boarding facilities; out-of-competition drug testing; and increasing fines.

One of the other changes that the Senators are looking to make is to authorize a surcharge on purses for the marketing and promotion of Pennsylvania horse racing.

The article has quoted the group of Senators as saying via statement that, “The Act, responsible for the oversight of the racing industries in Pennsylvania, has not been updated in over 20 years despite drastic changes in the way game is funded, raced and regulated.”

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