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    THOROUGHBRED HORSERACING INTEGRITY ACT of 2015 - click here

    THOROUGHBRED HORSERACING INTEGRITY ACT of 2015 Description - click here

    THOROUGHBRED HORSERACING INTEGRITY ACT of 2015 Section by Sectionclick here

    HORSERACING INTERGRITY AND SAFETY ACT of 2015 - click here

    HORSERACING INTEGRITY AND SAFETY ACT of 2015  Description -  click here

    HORSERACING INTEGRITY AND SAFETY ACT of 2013 - click here

    HORSERACING INTEGRITY AND SAFETY ACT of 2013 Description - click here

    INTERSTATE HORSERACING IMPROVEMENT ACT (IHIA) - click here

    INTERSTATE HORSERACING IMPROVEMENT ACT (IHIA) Description - click here

    CORRUPT HORSERACING PRACTICES ACT - click here

    We've Been Here Before, By Ray Paulick click here

House Sponsor HR 3084, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY)

The THIA remains a top priority.  As Chairman of the Congressional Horse Caucus and the Member of Congress representing the "Horse Capital of the World," I recognize that the horse industry is critical to the economy and heritage of Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District.  For too long, our industry has labored under a patchwork of inconsistent rules and regulations across 38 different jurisdictions which have impaired interstate commerce and deterred industry participation.  Further, inconsistent enforcement of these rules and the perception of leniency have led to the diminishment of public confidence in the integrity of our beloved sport.  

As the lead sponsor representing the majority party in the House of Representatives, my advocacy efforts have been focused on appealing to members of House and committee leadership, educating them about the problem, advocating for our solution, and demonstrating the growing support for our efforts.  To that end, I have held private meetings with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, and Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess to discuss THIA.  As the members responsible for setting the schedule for the full House, the full Committee, and the Subcommittee, respectively, I have urged each of them to take up this issue and join as coalition partners.  I have been encouraged by my conversations with each of them.  As we begin the second session of the 114th Congress, I will continue my efforts to push for a legislative hearing in the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade to facilitate a robust debate on the merits of this important legislation.  

House Sponsor HR 3084, Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY)

The Thoroughbred Horse Racing Integrity Act continues to be one of my top legislative priorities. As I travel throughout New York's Capital Region, home to the famed Saratoga Race Course, constituents everywhere are enthused about this legislation to reinvigorate this sport of kings. Last August, during the Saratoga meet, I had the opportunity to provide the keynote address at the Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing & Gaming Law Conference, where I made the case that implementing uniform rules and enhancing respect for our equine athletes are essential elements to improve the image of the sport for today's discerning fans.

In the halls of Congress, I have focused my advocacy on building support for the legislation within my home state delegation and with members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I am pleased to report that New York has 7 co-sponsors of H.R. 3084, the most of any state, and I have individually spoken to each member of New York delegation about the bill. In addition, I have stressed the importance of this legislation to House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone and will continue to advocate for a hearing on this issue.  

 



  • Lawmakers and horse industry leaders discuss medication reform efforts.

    Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus, hosted a hearing with fellow Caucus members and leaders from the horseracing industry to discuss a path forward for the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act. 

    Barr and Tonko introduced the legislation in July, 2015 in order to advance reforms aimed at promoting uniform medication standards across the 38 different racing jurisdictions in the United States.  In doing so, the American thoroughbred industry would benefit from increased safety and integrity.



  • Congressmen Paul Tonko and Andy Barr introduced the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.
    The Coalition for Horseracing Integrity strongly supports this bill, which grants authority for developing and administering an anti-doping program for thoroughbred horse racing to the only independent, science-based anti-doping entity in the United States, USADA.

     

     

  • November 21, 2013 Washington D.C.

    Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Convenes Hearing on H.R. 2012, held a hearing on Thursday, November 21, 2013.  This hearing discussed a bill to improve the integrity and safety of interstate horseracing, and for other purposes.
    Webcast link no longer available

     

  • July 12, 2012 Washington D.C.

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on Thursday, July 12, 2012 entitled “Medication and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horseracing”.  This hearing examined the prevalence and use of medications and performance enhancing drugs in horseracing.  At the hearing, a cross section of industry leaders shared their opinions.
    To watch the hearing and read written testimony, click below:
    Medication and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing

     



  • Field Hearing on the Health of Jockeys and Horses in Horseracing  On Monday, April 30, 2012, (9:30 a.m., Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA) the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled “A Review of Efforts to Protect Jockeys and Horses in Horseracing”.  At the hearing, the Subcommittee reviewed what reforms, if any, have been made in the horseracing industry to protect jockeys, horses, and the integrity of the sport.
    To watch the hearing and read written testimony, click below:
    http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=9476

     

  • BREEDING, DRUGS, AND BREAKDOWNS: THE STATE OF THOROUGHBRED HORSERACING AND THE WELFARE OF THE THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE

                                                                     HEARING
                                                                  BEFORE THE
                                              SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, TRADE,
                                                       AND CONSUMER PROTECTION
                                                                        OF THE
                                             COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE
                                                       HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                   ONE HUNDRED TENTH CONGRESS
                                                          THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008


 






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