Kentucky State Senate Resolution ‘Urges’ Federal HISA Funding Review

Kentucky’s state senate adopted a resolution by voice vote Mar. 29 that will “urge” the overseers of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) and elected federal politicians “to review the funding methodology of HISA and ensure that they provide uniform treatment to all states,” according to a summary of the measure posted on the web page of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Senators Damon Thayer and John Schickel sponsored the resolution, which was both introduced and passed on Wednesday.

The resolution describes itself as a means of “expressing concerns regarding the unintended consequences of the current funding methodology of HISA.”

A phone message left for Thayer on Thursday seeking details about what impact he believes the state resolution might have at the federal level did not yield a return call prior to deadline for this story.

The text of the resolution reads as follows:

“WHEREAS, the Senate recognizes the need for the safety and welfare of horses and jockeys, confidence in the fairness of competition, consistent oversight and regulation, and national uniformity and harmonization in the rules of the horse racing industry; and

“WHEREAS, the Senate believes that HISA, IF implemented properly, can achieve these objectives and enhance the reputation of horse racing in the United States; and

“WHEREAS, the Senate is aware that concerns have been raised by others regarding the unintended consequences that may arise from the current funding methodology, which does not provide uniform treatment to all states and may place undue economic pressure on horsemen and the racing industry in Kentucky; and

“WHEREAS, the Senate acknowledges that it is important to the prosperity of Kentucky horse racing that the safety of the human and equine athletes and the integrity of the sport be paramount;

“NOW, THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

“1. The Kentucky Senate urges the Federal Trade Commission and the HISA Authority to review the funding methodology of HISA and ensure that they provide uniform treatment to all states.

“2. The Clerk of the Senate is directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to the Commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission, the Board of Directors of the HISA Authority, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and Kentucky’s Congressional delegation.”

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