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
UPDATE!!!! H.B. 335 the ADW bill passed out of the House today with an impressive 83 yes votes. The bill is now on it’s way to the Senate. This is a great day for Fairmount horsemen.
H.B. 335 the ADW extension passed out of the House Executive Committee this morning. It now goes to the House floor for passage and then on to the Senate.
H.B.335 extends ADW until December 31, 2018. The Bill is in House Executive Committee tomorrow morning.
The license office will open next Friday the 29th.
I was shocked and saddened when I heard about Janine. She was a very fair and pleasant person to be around. I’ll miss our conversations at the I.R.B. meetings. Although her blog was called Chicago Barn to Wire, she always shared our downstate news as it became available. Janine was passionate about the after care programs for retired racehorses. Illinois horsemen have lost a true friend and advocate. Rest in piece Janine.
Support – HA #2 HB 335 (Hoffman)
HA #2 amends the bill to extend to sunset date of Advanced Deposit Wagering (ADW) to the end of 2018 (23 months from current sunset of 2/1/17).
Advanced Deposit Wagering is pari-mutuel wagering on horse races through the internet or telephone. This type of wagering was initially authorized in Illinois in 2009 and has had 3 sunset date extensions. The law currently sunsets on February 1, 2017. In 2013, ADW was not reauthorized for 6 months resulting in loss of state tax dollars and losses to horsemen purses and track commissions. Since 2009, ADW has grown to represent over 24% of all in-state wagering. Over $18 million has been generated for horsemen purses since 2009. ADW generated taxes also represent 37% of the Racing Board’s budget.
HA #2 to HB 335 would extend the current sunset of the law and would enable stabilization of this business that supports Illinois horse racing and agri-business. Riverboat casino wagering, video gaming at bars and restaurants, and wagering on horse races at Illinois tracks and OTBs have no sunsets. The sunset on ADW should at a minimum be extended to prevent loss of purse monies, state taxes and track commissions.
Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association
Arlington International Racecourse
Fairmount Park Racecourse
So sorry to report that long time horsemen Dave Wyatt has passed away. Dave was like by all who knew him. Please watch the Belleville News Democrat for Funeral arrangements.