Text of the Udall Legislation to Deregulate Parimutuel Wagering

114TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION               S.

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To deregulate interstate commerce with respect to parimutuel wagering on horseracing, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

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Mr. UDALL introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred

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A BILL

To deregulate interstate commerce with respect to parimutuel wagering on horseracing, and for other purposes.

1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

  • SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  • This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Teller All Gone Horse-
  • racing Deregulation Act of 2015’’.
  • 2. FINDINGS; BACKGROUND.
  • (a) IN GENERAL.—Congress makes the following 8 findings:

9 (1) Congress enacted the Interstate Horse10 racing Act of 1978 (Public Law 95–515; 15 U.S.C. 1      3001 et seq.) to regulate interstate commerce with

  • respect to parimutuel wagering on horseracing in
  • order to further the horseracing industry of the 4 United States.
  • (2) In 2000, Congress amended such Act to
  • allow parimutuel wagering by telephone and over the 7 Internet, a gambling privilege no other sport enjoys. 8 (3) The use of performance-enhancing drugs in 9 horseracing is widespread in the United States,
  • where no uniform regulations exist with respect to
  • the use of, and testing for, performance-enhancing 12 drugs in interstate horseracing.
  • (4) A 2012 New York Times investigation
  • found that, on average, every week 24 horses die
  • racing, a high equine fatality rate likely caused by
  • the misuse of permitted medication and abuse of ille-
  • gal drugs.
  • (5) A 2013 horseracing industry study found
  • that a large majority of parimutuel wagering partici20 pants avoid wagering at certain tracks and when

21 certain trainers compete because they assume illegal 22 drug use affects race results.

23 (6) Total parimutuel wagering on Thorough24 bred horseracing in the United Stated declined 30

25          percent from 2002 to 2014.

  • (7) The Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 has
  • not met its original policy goal of furthering the 3 United States horseracing industry.

4                       (b) BACKGROUND FOR INCLUDING THE NAME OF A

5 RACEHORSE IN SHORT TITLE.—The purpose in providing 6 the short title used in this Act is to honor horses who

7 died while competing in races with interstate, off-track wa8 gering authorized under the Interstate Horseracing Act of 9 1978. Teller All Gone was an American Quarter Horse 10 who last competed as a two-year old on September 3, 11 2011. A race observer noted that Teller All Gone bid,

12 dueled, and lugged in before going wrong and falling after 13 the finish line.

  • 3. REPEAL OF INTERSTATE HORSERACING ACT OF
  • (a) IN GENERAL.—The Interstate Horseracing Act 17 of 1978 (Public Law 95–515; 15 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.) is 18 hereby repealed.
  • (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Section 5362(10)
  • of chapter 53 of title 31, United States Code, is amend-
  • ed—
  • (1) in subparagraph (B)(iii)— 23 (A) by striking subclause (I); and 1   (B) by redesignating subclauses (II), (III),
  • and (IV) as subclauses (I), (II), and (III), re-
  • spectively;
  • (2) in subparagraph (C)(iv)— 5 (A) by striking subclause (I); and
  • (B) by redesignating subclauses (II), (III),
  • and (IV) as subclauses (I), (II), and (III), re-
  • spectively;
  • (3) by striking subparagraph (D); and 10 (4) by redesignating subparagraph (E) as sub-

11          paragraph (D).

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