Just a reminder that ballots to elect an H.B.P.A. President and board of directors are due in FOUR days. The ballots will be counted on Saturday at 1 pm. They should be mailed no later than this coming Wednesday to be safe.
The ballots for H.B.P.A. President and Board of Directors will be counted next Saturday the 11th. If you haven’t sent yours in, please do so now.
H.B. 940 which authorizes two more O.T. B.’s to Fairmount’s current allotment of seven, passed both Houses this afternoon. This opens an avenue for more purse money in the future. This makes it vitally important for us to continue to work toward passage of additional forms of gaming. As important as the passing of A.D.W. was, it will take a major gaming bill to truly allow us to turn the corner and level the playing field with our surrounding racing jurisdictions. With Springfield failing once again to pass a budget, it gives us a chance to lobby for a gaming bill all through the rest of this year. I will continue to give legislative updates as we go along.
The annual H.B.P.A. golf tournament will be Thursday June 16 at Arlington. 10 o’clock shotgun start. $25 per man $5 skins. Includes riding cart and dinner with cash prizes. Sign up in the HBPA office or call 618-345-7724.
Congratulations to all Fairmount horsemen. Passing A.D.W. was a must for racing at Fairmount to continue. This will play a big part in our immediate future. Other ideas are on the table as well and I will keep you updated as to their progress.
Our annual night at the races with Representative Jay Hoffman was held Saturday night and some 130 people made it a smashing success. We’ve held this event for the last 11 0r 12 years in an effort to thank Jay for getting legislation passed to help the horsemen at Fairmount. This year of course he sponsored and passed H.B. 335 which extends the A.D.W. law until December 31, 2018.
Good news from Springfield! The Senate Executive Committee just passed H.B. 335. It will now go to the Senate floor. The bill extends the A.D.W. law until December 31, 2018 which is very good news for Fairmount horsemen.
H.B. 335 has been scheduled for a hearing in Senate Executive Committee next Wednesday the 11th, I will be there lobbying for its passage.
Today two co-sponsors were added to H.B. 335. With Senator Matt Murphy signing on, we now have bi-partisan support. Senator Steve Landek is also now a co-sponsor. Some good news for Fairmount horsemen is on the way.
Good News! As you know our A.D.W. bill passed with 81 votes recently and was sent to the senate. Today it was put into the Senate Executive Committee. We are well on the way to preserving one of our largest sources of purse income. I’ll keep the horsemen posted as we approach passage of H.B.335