The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved changes to the Thoroughbred breeding fund during its session on June 30.
The Blood-Horse reports that some payments to the fund had been suspended for several months due to “problematic” language in a racing reform bill that had been passed in February.
The House passed the measure on a 193-2 vote June 29. The bill was then sent to the House Appropriations Committee, which sent it back to the House the next day after no members had questions about the bill. The measure now goes to the Senate for a vote.
According to the Blood-Horse, in May, the Senate had approved changes designed to correct mistakes in the bill, but the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee amended it in late June with language that would increase the percentage of breeders' awards. However, there would potentially be a change in the oversight of the Thoroughbred breeding fund.
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, which is made up of groups such as the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association, Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and the Pennsylvania HBPA supported an earlier amendment that would've reverted the measure back to the Senate version. That amendment was withdrawn, however, before the legislation went to the House Appropriations Committee for a vote.
Read more in the Blood-Horse
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