Horsemen Called to Action Regarding Florida Racing

The Florida QHRA is calling horsemen to action on an amendment of HB 7037.

Florida QHRA

The Florida Quarter Horse Association is calling horsemen to action on an amendment of House Bill 7037. The amendment would include language relating to pari-mutuel permits, cardroom licenses and slot machine licenses.

The Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association is asking the Florida House Commerce Committee to add its amendment that clarifies the rules of AQHA racing in Florida.

The Florida Legislature has the opportunity to clarify current law and keep the Florida Quarter Horse racing industry alive. All FQHRA Members and AQHA Florida Members are asked to help by immediately contacting the members of the House Commerce Committee to tell them they want them to amend HB 7037 when it is heard in the House Commerce Committee on March 30, 2017, to include language in Florida law relating to pari-mutuel permits, cardroom licenses and slot machine licenses.

FQHRA’s position on current pari-mutuels is simple: just follow the law. If a horse track has a permit to run 40 days of horse races, then it should be required to run the appropriate number of live races and not be rewarded with the ability to have card rooms or slot machines without following the intent and spirit of the law.

Please e-mail House Commerce Committee Chairman Pepi Diaz (jose.diaz@myfloridahouse.gov), as well as members of the Commerce Committee, and tell them you need their help to keep the Quarter Horse racing industry alive in Florida.

Click here for a complete list Florida House Commerce Committee members and their email addresses.

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