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Current Bills

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Use the links below to access current bills and legislation affecting the horseracing industry and to contact your federal representatives in Congress.

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Gaming

H. R. 457

New Jersey Betting and Equal Treatment Act of 2015

Introduced by: Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)

Legislative Action: Amends the federal judicial code to exempt a lottery, sweepstakes, or other betting, gambling, or waging scheme operating exclusively in New Jersey, to the extent such scheme is approved by that state's legislature by statute, from the prohibition against a governmental entity, or a person acting pursuant to the law or compact of a governmental entity, sponsoring, operating, advertising, or promoting sports gambling. This bill will not affect the current activities of pari-mutuel horse racing.

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

H. R. 416

Sports Gaming Opportunity Act of 2015

Introduced by: Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)

Legislative Action: Amends the federal judicial code to exempt a lottery, sweepstakes, or other betting, gambling, or wagering scheme authorized by a state by a statute enacted on or after January 1, 2015, and in effect not later than January 1, 2019, from the prohibition against a governmental entity, or a person acting pursuant to the law or compact of a governmental entity, sponsoring, operating, advertising, or promoting sports gambling. This bill will not affect the current activities of pari-mutuel horse racing.

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

H. R. 2182

Coronado Heights Horseracing Deregulation Act of 2015

Introduced by: Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA)

Legislative Action:  To deregulate interstate commerce with respect to pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, and for other purposes.

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Companion to bill S.1174

S. 1174

Teller All Gone Horseracing Deregulation Act of 2015

Introduced by: Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)

Legislative Action:  To deregulate interstate commerce with respect to pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing, and for other purposes.

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Companion to bill H.R. 2182

Animal Welfare

H.R. 1282

Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2015

Introduced by: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Legislative Action: Prohibits a person from transporting a horse in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle (except a vehicle operated exclusively on rail or rails) containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. Prescribes civil penalties for persons who knowingly violate such prohibition.

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Companion to bill S. 850

S. 850

Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2015

Introduced by: Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Legislative Action: Prohibits a person from transporting a horse in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle (except a vehicle operated exclusively on rail or rails) containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. Prescribes civil penalties for persons who knowingly violate such prohibition.

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Companion to bill H. R. 1282

H.R.  1942

Safeguard American Foods Export Act of 2015

Introduced by: Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH)

Legislative Action: To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines in the United States

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Companion to bill S. 1214

S. 1214

John Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Foods Export Act of 2015

Introduced by: Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Legislative Action: To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines in the United States

Bill Referral: The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Companion to bill H.R. 1942