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FL Committee Passes Decoupling Bill

Published: February 18, 2016 1:59 pm ET

Last Comment: February 23, 2016 6:36 am ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

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.

An article on Wednesday’s development by the Paulick Report explains that SB7072 was passed by the Florida Regulated Industries Committee, which also passed other pieces of legislation related to the

The article states that SB7072 calls for ‘purse subsidies and breeder incentive awards for Thoroughbred racing of up to $45 million annually – $20 million derived from the Seminole Tribe and $25 million from the pari-mutuels that decide to eliminate their live programs.’

The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association and Florida Quarter Horse Breeders and Owners Association have stated since the decoupling issue arose that they are opposed to decoupling in any way, shape or form.

(With files from the Paulick Report)

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February 23, 2016 - 6:36 amUnfortunately that lesson Mr.

Unfortunately that lesson Mr. Smith as not been learnt here!!

February 19, 2016 - 10:13 amWell here we go

john smith SAID...

Well here we go again.Politicians+Racetracks=Disaster.
You have to wonder just how many jobs in total this will impact.
It's not only the horses, but farriers, vets, track employees,
tack shops, feed suppliers etc.

February 18, 2016 - 8:59 pmThis means the end of racing

This means the end of racing at Pompano Park. Another government deal that lined the pockets of the many corrupt politicians who voted for it. Best of luck racing in the cold next winter for all who have kept warm over the years racing those winter months in Florida.

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