Legislation Banning Lasix Filed In NY

Published: September 14, 2011 10:59 am EDT

On Tuesday, September 13, legislation was introduced in New York which would ban the use of furosemide (lasix) on any horse performing in a state-sanctioned

horse race.

According to a report by the Daily Racing Form, New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane introduced the bill.

Senator Duane's legislation calls for a three-strikes-you're-out method of dealing with those that violate the proposed policy. The fallout from an in initial furosemide would see 'those who administer performance-enhancing drugs' be slapped with a $5,000 fine and a suspension of no less than 180 days. Repeat offenders would be handed a $20,000 fine and a suspension of no less than one year. Those caught violating the rule for the third time would receive a $50,000 fine and a permanent ban.

The article also explains that the legislation also calls for suspensions of horses that test positive for banned substances. The bill states that horses that test positive for banned substances would be prohibited from racing for six months for a first violation, one year for a second violation, and two years for a third and any subsequent violation.

Senator Duane also commented on his bill in the DRF report.

(With files from the Daily Racing Form)

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It is about time - more of a performance enhancing drug than most. Let's see this get done everywhere.

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