MassTHA OPPOSITION TO OFFTRACK BETTING HOUSE BILL 154 PROVIDED TO LEGISLATORS

The MassTHA Board of Directors, by Corporate Resolution of the Board, has caused correspondence of opposition to House Bill 154 to be delivered to the House and Senate Chairs of the Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. MATHA Corp Resolution 3.13.16

The committee has recently released House bill 154 to the floor with a recommendation for approval, prompting the immediate transmittal of the opposition correspondence from corporate counsel. The Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association opposition

The service list of  State Senators and State Representatives is included in this post together with a copy of the MassTHA opposition and corporate resolution outlining the Board’s position on the offtrack betting bill.

Members and the public are encouraged to reach out to their state senators and representatives commencing Monday, March 21, 2016 by phone and electronic mail in support of the MassTHA opposition to House Bill 154, which essentially creates an off track betting venue at Suffolk Downs, simultaneously allowing the use of the horsemen’s simulcast signal for their own benefit.

The opposition makes clear the proposed bill contravenes the Federal Interstate Horseracing Act and presupposes the NEHBPA is the horsemen group representative of the majority of owners and trainers. Please inform your legislators the majority of horsemen are members of the MassTHA.

It is imperative the membership continue their efforts with the Massachusetts State Gaming commission opposing the change in the regulatory definition of a “horsemen’s group” and follow up with your opposition to passage of H.B. 154 with state legislators on the service list. Reps Senate.

To review the Corporate Resolution, Opposition to H.B. 154 or find representative or senator addresses, simply click the highlighted areas in this post. click here and here

 

 

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