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Federal Racing Bills, Online Gambling Bills Likely to Stall, Official says

Federal Racing Bills, Online Gambling Bills Likely to Stall, Official says

Congress is not likely to act on bills regarding equine medication and internet gambling this year, according to American Horse Council President Jay Hickey (l.).

Hickey has been based in Washington since 1993. Speaking at a law conference in Kentucky, he said there is no consensus on the bills, and Congress isn’t likely to take them on.

The Interstate Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, which calls for the United States Anti-Doping Agency to regulate equine medication use, has had only one hearing, Hickey said.

Hickey noted that there are several bills focusing on online gambling before Congress, including one that would ban it entirely.

“What’s going to happen with all this? Probably nothing,” Hickey said. “I don’t think Congress is ready to take action on the issue. There is too much confusion. There are too many factions involved.”

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