HISA Back On Track

The United States Senate passed their version of the Omnibus bill late Thursday night. It contains language that permits the Federal Trade Commission increased rule making authority with HISA, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act.

Last month, the fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found the law as written did not permit the FTC enough latitude in the rule-making process involving HISA. The new language in the bill is written to address this.

The bill was approved 68-29, and now goes to the House of Representatives. If it gains House approval, the bill would advance to President Biden for his signature.

The United States Trotting Association has opposed HISA due to its all in-compassing thoroughbred-based rules potentially applied to standardbreds.

Additionally, HISA could potentially bankrupt harness horsemen with new fees involving the cost of additional drug testing.

This past spring, the Minnesota Racing Commission approved funding for HISA, becoming the third state in the nation to do so.

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