Area Legislators Divided On Historical Horse Racing

State senators Whitney Westerfield and Jason Howell differ in their stance on historical horse racing and legislation that was filed last week in the Kentucky Senate.

First District State Senator Jason Howell says he co-sponsored Senate Bill 120 that if passed will define historical horse racing as a pari-mutuel wagering to be consistent with how the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has regulated live racing.

click to download audioThird District State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he is not in favor of the legislation.

click to download audioNinth District State Representative Myron Dossett said he was surprised that a business would bet on the General Assembly passing a law to allow them to continue to operate.

click to download audioSenate Bill 120 is currently in the Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee. The Supreme Court ruling that prompted the legislation does not impact Oak Grove Racing, Gaming and Hotel because the historic horse racing machines at Oak Grove use a different type of algorithm than the one that was challenged in court.