|THP News Alert: Contact House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee Members Now!
(Austin, Texas - Thursday, May 9, 2013) -
Horsemen - your immediate action is needed! Senator Kel Seliger's SB 1340 relating to the temporary operation of a race track extension location has passed out of the Senate and is now being carried by Representative Tracy King in the House. The bill has been referred to the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and may be scheduled for a hearing next Tuesday, May 14th.
Given the short time period, this bill is likely our only hope to pass beneficial legislation in this session.
This bill extends the time authorized in the Texas Racing Act for a licensed but yet unbuilt racetrack to offer pre-opening simulcasting from 2 years to 6 years, generating several million dollars in incremental purse money and breeders awards each year. SB 1340 is a pro-business, economic development bill that also helps agriculture and the Texas horse industry by allowing us to move toward competitiveness with our neighboring states.
Please contact each member of the Committee as soon as possible, to ask for his/her support of this bill. Be sure to thank the member for his/her time and emphasize that this measure will generate funds vital to the horse racing and breeding industry.
The House Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee Comprises:
Name - Phone - Fax
Chair: Wayne Smith (R) - 512.463.0733 - 512.463.1323
Vice Chair: John Kuempel (R) - 512.463.0602 - 512.463.5896
Charlie Geren (R) - 512.463.0610 - 512.463.8310
Lance Gooden (R) - 512.463.0458 - 512.463.2040
Ryan Guillen (D) - 512.463.0416 - 512.463.1012
Roland Gutierrez (D) - 512.463.0452 - 512.463.1447
Borris Miles (D) - 512.463.0518 - 512.463.0941
Walter "Four" Price (R) - 512.463.0470 - 512.463.8003
Senfronia Thompson (D) - 512.463.0720 - 512.463.6306
TALKING POINTS ARE ATTACHED HERE: SB 1340.
If you have any questions about this legislation or need assistance, please call the THP office at (512) 467-9799.