LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Thoroughbred industry leaders, Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr were among those present Monday afternoon for the announcement of a national oversight body for horse racing.
Sen. McConnell mentioned recent scandals involving accidents on tracks and doping. He says 24,000 Kentuckians rely on the horse industry.
McConnell said he will introduce a bill in the Senate in September, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, to help set national standards to promote fairness, increase safety, and help preserve Thoroughbred racing.
Rep. Bar says there are currently 38 separate governing bodies for horse racing. The bill will create an independent governing body with a single set of nationwide rules to streamline the industry.
McConnell’s bill will also provide federal recognition and enforcement power for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to develop uniform, baseline standards for horseracing.
The authority will be overseen by the Federal Trade Commission.
Sen. McConnell said he will be working with Rep. Barr in the House to get the bill through both branches as soon as possible.