Statement from James L. Gagliano on Federal Court’s Upholding HISA

April 1, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Jockey Club congratulates the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority and its counsel on the Federal Texas District Court’s finding that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 is indeed constitutional. 

For those long supporting the passage and implementation of the Act, this is a result we have long anticipated. To HISA Chairman Charlie Scheeler, CEO Lisa Lazarus, and the entire HISA team and its counsel, we express our gratitude for your continued dedication to the cause of equine safety and integrity in our sport. We look forward to HISA beginning the first prong of its programs to enhance our sport on July 1. 

The Jockey Club Press Release

FTC Issues Final Rule Establishing Process for Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Submission of Proposed Rules

Changes to FTC Rules of Practice establish processes under 2020 horseracing safety law

Originally published September 28, 2021

The Federal Trade Commission has made updates to its Rules of Practice, establishing a formal process by which the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority can submit its draft rules and procedures to the FTC for review and an approval decision.

Under the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020, the FTC is required to review and decide whether to approve or disapprove rules proposed by the Authority in a number of areas, such as anti-doping and racetrack safety. The new procedural rules establish requirements applicable to the Authority for its submission of proposed rules to the Commission for review.

The new procedural rules identify what the Authority must submit to the Commission for the Commission to evaluate and decide whether to approve or disapprove the Authority’s proposed rules. The Authority’s proposed rules will be published in the Federal Register for public comment.

Consistent with the Act, the new procedural rules require the Commission to approve or disapprove of any proposed rules or rule modifications submitted by the Authority within 60 days of their being published in the Federal Register.

The Commission vote to approve the changes to the FTC Rules of Practice was 5–0.

FTC Press Release

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