Political action in Lansing

The upcoming week could be an important one for Michigan racing, and not just because Friday is opening day at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Michigan Legislature has two meetings scheduled this week to discuss the state’s ailing horse racing industry and what can be done to salvage the upcoming racing season and beyond.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture will meet Monday morning with members of the racing industry, and I will be in attendance. I am not certain what exactly will be discussed, but I would expect the cut in race dates and the Office of Racing Commissioner’s budget issues will be at the forefront of the conversation. I will have a full report once everything goes down.

On Wednesday, a “Horse Racing Industry Focus Group,” sponsored by Rep. Cindy Denby of Livingston County, will further discuss the challenges facing Michigan racing. The meeting is invitation-only, and I don’t have a seat at the table, but if I get wind of any developments from the discussion, you’ll see it here. 

Just because the meeting is semi-closed does not mean those on the outside can not be heard. The Michigan HBPA encourages interested parties to contact their state representatives, both from the House and Senate, to recommend they attend the discussion. For those planning to contact their congressmen and women, the meeting will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Mackinac Room of the House Office Building.

To find your state Senator and his or her contact information, click here.
To find your state Representative and his or her contact information, click here.

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5 responses to “Political action in Lansing

  1. I don’t think slots or subsidies are the answer, but I hope there is a way to keep a Thoroughbred track, and the industry, running in Michigan.

  2. mibredclaimer

    Pete,
    I’m not completely sold on slots as a long-term solution either, but there’s no denying that other states having them is drawing people and horses away from Michigan.

    Either way, I hope they find a way to make it work as well. If they don’t, my life will get a lot less interesting in a hurry.

  3. Jim J

    Thanks for keeping us updated with these issues surrounding Thoroughbred racing here in Michigan. Look forward to an update later…

  4. mibredclaimer

    Jim,
    Glad to do it. As Otis’ link implies, I’ll have some new updates very soon.

    Otis,
    I’m already on top of the situation. I’ll have something out about it as soon as a few people get back to me. Thanks for the link!

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