A bill authorizing advance-deposit wagering by telephone on horse and dog racing for residents of Arizona has been sent to Gov. Jan Brewer. In the past, Arizona has strictly prohibited ADW wagering by residents.
The legislation, Senate Bill 1282, passed by both the Senate and House by wide margins in the waning hours of a 2014 regular legislative session that ended early Thursday morning. Brewer has 10 days to sign or veto the bill. If she takes no action it automatically becomes law. The governor's office has not made any indication what she intends to do regarding SB 1282.
If the bill becomes law, the Arizona Department of Racing and Arizona Racing Commission will draft rules and regulations before ADW can be implemented. That could take six months or more.
Provisions of the legislation affecting horse racing include approval of ADW providers first by the racing commission, then by both licensed racetracks and the horsemen's association representing owners and trainers. A source market fee will be paid on both in- and out-of-state races on which ADW wagers are made.
A late amendment to the bill specifies that ADW bets may only be made via telephone.
SB 1282 also includes a comprehensive injury reporting rules for greyhound tracks. That regulation stems from an incident in March when a greyhound was electrocuted after being bumped on a turn and shoved off course onto an exposed electrical wire. There is no similar injury reporting system in Arizona for Thoroughbreds.
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