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Pennsylvania Governor, Boston Terrier Sign Animal Cruelty Bill Into Law

Governor of Pennsylvania To Wolf, along with a furry friend, signed a bill into law on Wednesday, June 28 that will strengthen the state’s animal protection laws. Wolf’s signature was followed by a paw print in ink by Libre, a Boston terrier who was found emaciated and disease-riddled at a puppy mill-style breeding operation. The […]

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Proposed State Budget Would Slash All State Funding From Penn Vet School

A budget proposed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf would eliminate $30 million from the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school, including the New Bolton Center. New Bolton is considered one of the top hospitals in the country focusing on large animal care, particularly that of horses, and is where Barbaro was treated for injuries suffered in […]

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Churchill Downs Inc. Lawsuit Claims New Pennsylvania Law Discriminates Against TwinSpires

Churchill Downs Inc. and a subsidiary that owns the TwinSpires advance deposit wagering platform have filed suit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and various officials, including members of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, over what it said were violations of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions. The suit, filed Aug. 25 in the Commonwealth Court of […]

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(UPDATED) Wolf: Statutory Change Needed To Restart Pennsylvania Breeder Awards

There does not appear to be immediate relief in sight for Pennsylvania breeders whose incentive awards were cut off earlier this year by what is being called an inadvertent change in wording of legislation that was widely supported by the Thoroughbred industry. At least that’s what Gov. Tom Wolf said in an Aug. 5 letter […]

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Pennsylvania Breeders ‘Crippled’ By Holdup In Incentive Award Payments

It was all smiles on Feb. 23 when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was surrounded by members of the Thoroughbred industry as he signed HB941 into law, creating a new racing commission and an accompanying funding mechanism. Little did Pennsylvania breeders know that same bill included language changing the qualification language for incentive awards for horses […]

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DeBunda, Jones, Sweeney Among Appointees To New Pennsylvania Racing Commission

In February, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill dissolving the existing horse racing commission and creating a new commission giving extraordinary powers to breeders and horsemen’s organizations for both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeds, including appointments to the new commission from a list supplied by representative organizations of owners and breeders in the […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Bill Creating New Racing Commission

Governor Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 941, which, among other things, includes reforms of Pennsylvania’s equine racing industry. The governor was joined by state Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, members of each of the legislative caucuses, leadership from the House Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, and various representatives of the racing industry. “Racing […]

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Legislation Creating New Pennsylvania Racing Commission Awaits Governor’s Signature

Pennsylvania House Bill 941, which provides horsemen with unprecedented regulatory powers under a new State Horse Racing Commission, was approved by a 48-0 vote in the state Senate on Feb. 10 and awaits the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf. Funding for the new commission and its related costs comes from authorization of a transfer of […]

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Pennsylvania Legislation Would Give Horsemen, Breeders Regulatory Clout

Horsemen and breeders in Pennsylvania will have unprecedented powers as regulators if legislation recently approved by the state’s House of Representatives is, as expected, passed by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. The legislation, House Bill 941, would create a new State Horse Racing Commission comprised of nine members: five appointed by […]

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Pennsylvania: Bill To Restore Slumping Racing Industry Moves Forward In Legislature

A proposal that would boost Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry is moving closer to becoming law, as it makes its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Penn Live reports that the Pennsylvania Senate voted 48 to 2 in support of the bill, which would make “substantial regulatory changes” to the State Racing Fund. Lawmakers say the Fund […]

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