WITNESS LIST SET FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON HORSE RACING

HR 2012(Paulick Report) Half a dozen witnesses, including current and former racing executives, veterinarians, and the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, have been called to testify Thursday at a congressional subcommittee hearing on horse racing. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will conduct the hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday to discuss H.R. 2012, a bill known as the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2013.  The bill calls for federal regulations on medication in racing and would give the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency independent oversight of drug testing in the sport.

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:

– Jesse Overton, former chairman of the Minnesota Racing Commission

– Phil Hanrahan, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association

– Lawrence Soma, VMD, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

– Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

– Sheila Lyons, DVM, a veterinarian who specializes in sport horses

– Wayne Pacelle, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

H.R. 2012 has several co-sponsors, including Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).  Whitfield’s wife, Connie Harriman-Whitfield, has served as a policy adviser for the HSUS.

Click here for a summary and background of H.R. 2012.

One Response to “WITNESS LIST SET FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON HORSE RACING”

  1. Francis Marion Bush Reply November 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I can’t imagine anything useful to come out of this meeting. Looks like we have formed another hypothetical HR Bill that will not lead to anything that might be implemented for the racing industry. Regulations, regulations, regulations. Has Washington made use of any that work.

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