Two Racing Bills Approved by Michigan House

The bills now move to the state Senate.

Detroit Free Press

The Michigan House on Tuesday passed two bills aimed at helping the state's struggling horse racing industry.

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday passed two bills aimed at ensuring the survival of the state's horse racing industry.

From a high of nine tracks in Michigan, only two remain -- Northville Downs and Hazel Park Raceway. According to the Detroit Free Press, in 1999 horse racing generated $13.2 million in revenue to the state on wagers of $416 million, and it employed 42,300 people at tracks and farms throughout the state. By 2015, those revenues had shrunk to $3.5 million on wagers of $106 million.

The bills -- SB 504 and SB 505 -- move back to the Michigan Senate for concurrence of changes made in the House.

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