HORSE RACING & SIMULCASTING
All US tracks are failing financially - only with taxpayer subsidies or slot casinos at tracks are they able to continue to operate.
HB 1679 - Wayne Crump (D), Mark Richardson (R), Derio Gambaro (D), James Foley (D), Esther Haywood (D), James O'Toole (D), Bruce Holt (D), Francis Overshmit (D), & Wes Shoemyer (D). Betting parlors. Authorizes simulcast betting of horse racing with no limits on the number or frequency of electronic races. Current state law allows for horse track racing and betting in Missouri but simulcasting is only allowed on the same number of days as live racing is conducted at a track. Under this bill a track operator gets 365 days of electronic Simulcasting if he would only conduct a minimum of 20 days live racing within 18 months of licensure, 30 days in the next 24 months, and 50 days every year thereafter. Also, any "surplus" revenues would be sent to the School Moneys Fund - although no revenue income is projected by any state agency!
ACTION NEEDED: HB 1679 was voted "do pass" by the House Miscellaneous Bills and Resolutions Committee by a vote of 7 to 1 on 2/20/02. At this writing the bill is already on the House Calendar slated for full House debate very soon. It could be discussed as soon as March 10th. It's imperative that you find as many folks as possible to make phone calls to members of the Missouri House of Representatives. Let your Representative know that any more expansion of gambling in our state is unacceptable to you and your family. Challenge them to vote against a bill that adds more gambling venues to your child or grandchildren's interests.
SB 1010 - Betty Sims (R). Modifies the regulation of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering by allowing electronic Simulcasting. SB 1010 is very much the same as HB 1697. The bill has already passed the Senate Financial and Governmental Organization Committee on 2/21/02. The proposal could be sent to the Senate floor soon but is not yet on the "Perfection Calendar" at this time (3/3/02). Debate is not expected until at least mid April, or later.
ACTION NEEDED: Same as HB 1679, only with less urgency write your Senator. Remind senators that when voters approved horse racing, there were NO casinos even being considered, bingo was not commercialized, and the state lottery was not advertised everywhere our children and grandchildren see and hear! On top of all this, "simulcasting" has never been approved by Missouri voters. If one of these bills were to be past, it MUST go to a statewide public vote.
To reach your Representative or Senator on any of these gambling bills call direct or dial a capitol operator at 573-751-2000 and ask for them by name.
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Thanks to Kerry Messer for bill information
Missouri Family Network
P.O. Box 1288 * Festus, MO 63028
Voice 573/483-2007 * Fax 573/483-2056
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