The Senate Agriculture Committee, chaired by Sen. Joe Hune (22nd District), passed SB1075 out of committee following its Thursday morning hearing on the legislation. This is encouraging news for Michigan's struggling horse racing industry, especially since the Committee's unanimous vote comes on the heels of similar action by the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. Both Committees' actions demonstrate a recognition of our industry's dire situation and a welcome willingness to provide us the tools necessary to turn our industry around.
Passage of either bill (SB1075 or HB5546) will update the regulatory scheme for racing and give our industry the opportunity to adapt to new technologies and pari-mutuel wagering opportunities. Every one of the state's horsemen's organizations and all of its race tracks have been working together toward this legislation for many months. The legislation represents historic cooperation among all facets of the Michigan horse racing industry with the ultimate goal of preserving its 12,000 jobs.
As the legislation moves to the floor of both the House and Senate, the real work begins for Michigan horsemen. We must let our legislators know just how critical passage of this legislation is to us. Plans are underway for organizing meetings in four different locations across the state on Monday (4/30). In the meantime, reach out to your legislators in every way possible and ask for their support of SB1075 and HB5546.
We want to extend our sincere thanks the Senate Agriculture Committee for taking up and moving this legislation that means so much to the future of our horsemen. Please take the time to let these Ag Committee members know how much you appreciate their time and consideration.
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