Pennsylvania House Committee Finds ‘Compromise’ In Bill To Fund Drug Testing

by | 11.23.2015 | 6:00pm

A House committee in Pennsylvania today voted to move a bill that will provide vital changes to the state's racing fund, and should stave off a shutdown of horse racing. The Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee added several amendments to the bill, the biggest of which was supported by Republican Martin Causer. Causer told PennLive that the bill “is our best effort to compromise right now.”

The bill proposes to allow monetary transfers from the Horse Race Development Fund to the State Racing Fund to cover drug testing expenses. The former is funded by slot machine revenue and used to cover purses in the state. If approved, the bill would mean that $6.2 million will be transferred to the State Racing Fund, according to PennLive. Causer suggested that the bipartisan support received for the bill in the committee would make it easy to pass through the House.

Causer went on to say that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's threat in October to shut down racing in the state wasn't “appropriate” because “it had a very significant, negative impact on the equine industry.” He also indicated that the committee was already working on a solution before the threat was made.

Read more at PennLive.

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