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Karcher Bill To Enact Interstate Racing Compact Advances

Bill Would Streamline Horse Racing License Process, Promote Shared Services by States

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher which would enroll New Jersey in a multi-state agreement to streamline the licensing process for horse racing participants was approved by the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.

“Horse racing is a valuable industry in the Garden State, with facilities like Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands bringing in thousands of patrons each year,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “One of the most important factors in ensuring a horse racing system free from scam artists is a thorough and efficient licensing process, and the more information and resources available to a licensing panel, the better. Under the Interstate Horse Racing Compact, New Jersey will benefit from the shared resources of other participating states, and we would be able to see licenses processed quickly and background checks conducted completely.”

The bill, S-834, would enact the Interstate Compact for Horse Racing Licensees, a multi-state agreement designed to streamline and centralize horse racing licenses and criminal background checks of participants. Under the licensing compact, a committee of participating States would establish uniform licensing requirements and would allow horse racing participants to apply for one license, which is valid in all member States. Currently, eleven states are members of the Interstate Compact, including Washington, California, Arizona, Nebraska, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Florida, Virginia, Delaware and New York.

“By consolidating licensing in one centralized, multi-state organization, we are saving time and energy in vetting horse racing participants,” said Senator Karcher. “The Interstate Compact is already serving eleven separate states, and we should take advantage of the collective resources of the Compact committee to swiftly and thoroughly check the backgrounds of horse racing licensees. New Jersey’s horse racing industry deserves the same benefits that other states already receive as members of the Interstate Compact, and I look forward to enactment of this bill well in time for the 2006 racing season.”

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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