Louisiana purse subsidy bill withdrawn

By Matt Hegarty

http://www.drf.com/news/

A Louisiana lawmaker on Monday withdrew a bill [HB 585] that would have diverted $36 million from purse subsidies to a popular scholarship program, in an acknowledgement that the legislation would not pass out of a committee.

Jay Morris, a Republican representing a northern district of the state, voluntarily pulled the bill from consideration after members of the House Appropriations Committee raised objections to the legislation, citing the impact it could have on the racing industry in the state.

“I knew it was a foregone conclusion that this will not make it out of committee,” Morris said after earlier citing the large number of phone calls that racing industry supporters had made to committee members over the weekend. Morris said that he may return with legislation that would call for a study of the potential impact of the bill.

The bill would have cut in half the amount of casino subsidies going to purses and breeders’ awards in the state, redirecting them to the state’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, which provides stipends for college education. Horsemen had said that the impact would “destroy” the racing industry in the state.

Committee members said that they supported legislation to shore up the TOPS program, but said that funding for the program should instead come from a source other than the racing industry. Rep. James Armes, who said that he had received 37 calls from horsemen over the weekend, said that he could not support a measure that would “penalize” people who had invested money in their horse operations based on the impact of the subsidies.

“If we take it from them they are going to go out of business, and we’re not going to have a race industry,” Armes said.

IMMEDIATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION NEEDED! HB585. THIS LEGISLATION WILL KILL HORSE RACING IN LOUISIANA!

 May 11, 2017

ATTENTION LOUISIANA HORSEMEN 

House Bill 585 by Representative Jay Morris is assigned to be heard in the House Appropriations Committee on Monday May 15th at 9:00AM. This bill will reduce by half the Slot Purse Supplement Funds. It only takes funds from purses; it takes nothing from the Race Track’s revenue. It takes funds that are generated exclusively at Horse Race Industry Owned facilities. This would devastate our industry. Please contact members of the Appropriations Committee (listed below) and ask them to support the Horse Racing Industry by maintaining these dedicated Purse Funds. Our industry generates over 1 Billion Dollars a year in economic impact and more than 73 Million Dollars in taxes paid to Louisiana. YOUR CALLS MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Ask the committee members to please vote NO on House Bill 585.

Thank you,
Louisiana Thorougbred Breeders Association

THIS LEGISLATION WILL KILL HORSE RACING IN LOUISIANA! 

 

Louisiana House of Representative
Appropriations Committee

Abraham, Mark 
130 Jamestown Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 475-3016
abrahamm@legis.la.gov

Amedée, Beryl 
302 School St., Houma, LA 70360
(985) 858-2967
amedeeb@legis.la.gov

Armes, James K. 
2255 University Pkwy., Leesville, LA 71446
(337) 238-7004
armesj@legis.la.gov

Bacala, Tony
15482 Airline Hwy., Suite A, Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 677-8020
bacalat@legis.la.gov

Bagley, Larry 
671 Hwy. 171, Suite E, Stonewall, LA 71078
(318) 925-9588
bagleyl@legis.la.gov

Barras, Taylor F. 
800 S. Lewis Street, Suite 206, 2nd Floor, New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 373-4051
barrast@legis.la.gov

Berthelot, John A.
1024 S. Purpera, Gonzales, LA 70737
(225) 647-5646
berthelotj@legis.la.gov

Billiot, Robert E.
#10 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA 70094
(504) 436-8929
billiotr@legis.la.gov

Carter, Gary
3520 General DeGaulle, Suite 3071, New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 361-6600
carterg@legis.la.gov

Chaney, Charles R.
P.O. Box 8, Rayville, LA 71269
(318) 728-5875
chaneyb@legis.la.gov

Edmonds, Rick
3931 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 200, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 295-9240
edmondsr@legis.la.gov

Foil, Franklin J.
412 N. 4th St., Suite 220, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-6777
foilf@legis.la.gov

Harris, Lance
P.O. Box 13555, Alexandria, LA 71315-3555
(318) 767-6095
harrisl@legis.la.gov

Henry, Cameron
1539 Metairie Road, Suite A, Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 838-5433
henryc@legis.la.gov

Hensgens, Bob
407 Charity Street, Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 893-5035
hensgensb@legis.la.gov

Hodges, Valarie
35055 La. Hwy. 16, Suite 2A, Denham Springs, LA 70706
(225) 791-2199
hodgesv@legis.la.gov

Leger, Walt III
935 Gravier St., Suite 2150, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 556-9970
legerw@legis.la.gov

McFarland, Jack
P.O. Box 143, Jonesboro, LA 71251
(318) 259-4275
mcfarlandj@legis.la.gov

Miguez, Blake
410 N. Broadway St., Erath, LA 70533
(337) 937-8827
miguezb@legis.la.gov

Miller, Dustin
1115 S. Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 943-2900
millerd@legis.la.gov

Pylant, Steve E.
805 Jackson St., Suite A, Winnsboro, LA 71295
(318) 435-7313
pylants@legis.la.gov

Richard, Jerome
907 Jackson Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
(985) 447-0999
richardj@legis.la.gov

Schroder, John M.
522 N. New Hampshire St., Covington, LA 70433
(985) 893-6262
schrodej@legis.la.gov

Simon, Scott M.
P.O. Box 1297, Abita Springs, LA 70420
(985) 893-6246
simons@legis.la.gov

Smith, Patricia Haynes
251 Florida Street, Suite 300, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(225) 342-7106
smithp@legis.la.gov

Zeringue, Jerome
423 Goode St., Houma, LA 70360
(985) 876-8823
zeringuej@legis.la.gov

For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

IMMEDIATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION NEEDED! HB585. THIS LEGISLATION WILL KILL HORSE RACING IN LOUISIANA!

May 11, 2017

ATTENTION LOUISIANA HORSEMEN 

House Bill 585 by Representative Jay Morris is assigned to be heard in the House Appropriations Committee on Monday May 15th at 9:00AM. This bill will reduce by half the Slot Purse Supplement Funds. It only takes funds from purses; it takes nothing from the Race Track’s revenue. It takes funds that are generated exclusively at Horse Race Industry Owned facilities. This would devastate our industry. Please contact members of the Appropriations Committee (listed below) and ask them to support the Horse Racing Industry by maintaining these dedicated Purse Funds. Our industry generates over 1 Billion Dollars a year in economic impact and more than 73 Million Dollars in taxes paid to Louisiana. YOUR CALLS MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Ask the committee members to please vote NO on House Bill 585.

Thank you,
Louisiana Thorougbred Breeders Association

THIS LEGISLATION WILL KILL HORSE RACING IN LOUISIANA! 

 

Louisiana House of Representative
Appropriations Committee

Abraham, Mark 
130 Jamestown Road, Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 475-3016

Amedée, Beryl 
302 School St., Houma, LA 70360
(985) 858-2967

Armes, James K. 
2255 University Pkwy., Leesville, LA 71446
(337) 238-7004

Bacala, Tony
15482 Airline Hwy., Suite A, Prairieville, LA 70769
(225) 677-8020

Bagley, Larry 
671 Hwy. 171, Suite E, Stonewall, LA 71078
(318) 925-9588

Barras, Taylor F. 
800 S. Lewis Street, Suite 206, 2nd Floor, New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 373-4051

Berthelot, John A.
1024 S. Purpera, Gonzales, LA 70737
(225) 647-5646

Billiot, Robert E.
#10 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA 70094
(504) 436-8929

Carter, Gary
3520 General DeGaulle, Suite 3071, New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 361-6600

Chaney, Charles R.
P.O. Box 8, Rayville, LA 71269
(318) 728-5875

Edmonds, Rick
3931 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 200, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 295-9240

Foil, Franklin J.
412 N. 4th St., Suite 220, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-6777

Harris, Lance
P.O. Box 13555, Alexandria, LA 71315-3555
(318) 767-6095

Henry, Cameron
1539 Metairie Road, Suite A, Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 838-5433

Hensgens, Bob
407 Charity Street, Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 893-5035

Hodges, Valarie
35055 La. Hwy. 16, Suite 2A, Denham Springs, LA 70706
(225) 791-2199

Leger, Walt III
935 Gravier St., Suite 2150, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 556-9970

McFarland, Jack
P.O. Box 143, Jonesboro, LA 71251
(318) 259-4275

Miguez, Blake
410 N. Broadway St., Erath, LA 70533
(337) 937-8827

Miller, Dustin
1115 S. Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 943-2900

Pylant, Steve E.
805 Jackson St., Suite A, Winnsboro, LA 71295
(318) 435-7313

Richard, Jerome
907 Jackson Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
(985) 447-0999