Senate Panel Approves Ky. Racing Commission Plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A plan aimed at boosting the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's authority cleared a Senate panel Tuesday.

State Rep. Larry Clark, D-Louisville, said the plan addresses many of the recommendations a state government task force on racing made late last year.

The plan would give the racing commission authority over equine drug manufacturers that do business in Kentucky, among other things.

It also gives the commission licensing power over account wagering companies.

The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulation Committee approved the proposal. It heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill is facing an uncertain future, however, because of a dispute among lawmakers over how the racing commission should be funded.
The legislation is House Bill 472.

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