Kentucky House Passes Resolution Requiring The Jockey Club To Testify Annually About Fees, Rule Changes - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Kentucky House Passes Resolution Requiring The Jockey Club To Testify Annually About Fees, Rule Changes

During the final day of the legislative session on Thursday, April 14, the Kentucky State House of Representatives passed a concurrent resolution to require The Jockey Club to testify annually about fees and rule changes that might affect Thoroughbred racing or breeding in the Commonwealth.

In February, a bill was introduced by Speaker of Kentucky's House of Representatives, David Osborne – along with co-sponsor Representative Matthew Koch – to prevent any “registrar of Thoroughbreds” from implementing a cap. The bill had strong support, and caused TJC to rescind its attempt to cap the total number of mares bred per stallion.

In addition, TJC increased its registration fees for 2022, announced in December of 2021.

The new resolution requires TJC to testify before either the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations; or the House Standing Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations and the Senate Standing Committee on Licensing and Occupations.

Testimony is expected to include information about “a potential rule change or fee that has the potential to materially affect Thoroughbred breeding or racing in the Commonwealth such that the committee process for notice and comment on the proposed rule change or fee may proceed.”

In addition, “the committee or committees may request nonproprietary, nonprivileged information or data that is relevant to the proposed rule change or fee, which does not require the Jockey Club to breach a preexisting contractual obligation of confidentiality.”

A concurrent resolution does not require the signature of the chief executive, and does not have the force of law behind it.

Not passed during Kentucky's legislative session was a bill to legalize sports betting; according to the Lexington Herald-Leader, House Bill 606 was never heard on the Senate floor.

“Everywhere I go people stop me and ask 'why can't we pass sports betting,'” Senate Floor Leader Damon Thayer (R) told the Herald-Leader. “I can't make (lawmakers vote) for it if they don't want to be for it.”

Read more at the Lexington Herald-Leader (behind paywall).

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