Senate Approves Horse Racing Industry Bill


The Senate today (June 22) approved legislation that makes substantial regulatory changes necessary to protect and bolster Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, according to Senator Elder Vogel, prime sponsor of the bill.

Senate Bill 352 makes a number of substantial and essential changes to the state’s oversight of the horse racing industry. One major change dissolves the separate state commissions under the Department of Agriculture for thoroughbred and harness racing in favor of a single oversight commission.

“I appreciate the support of my colleagues for this bill and hope that it will quickly move through the House and on to the Governor for enactment into law. It is time that Pennsylvania’s regulations are updated to keep pace with complex changes in the horse racing industry,” Senator Vogel said. “My bill also makes a number of necessary changes to licensure, fines, fees and the pari-mutual tax structure to properly fund regulatory oversight and drug testing.”

Senate Bill 352 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.


Click to hear Senator Vogel’s remarks from the Senate Floor on Senate Bill 352.

Click here to watch Senator Vogel’s remarks from the Senate Floor on Senate Bill 352.


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