Massachusetts Regulators Approve Suffolk Downs 2019 Dates, Seek Racing Law Changes

A bill submitted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) for consideration during next year’s legislative session would give regulators more authority over horseracing and could make it more difficult to build a new racetrack in the state.

Submitted earlier this month by the commission, House Bill 9, "An Act Relative to Horse Racing and Wagering", would allow the MGC to oversee and regulate all aspects of horseracing and simulcasting in the state to “ensure the horseracing industry [is] preserved.”

The bill would also give the MGC the discretion to use the state’s Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF) to support the state’s horseracing industry financially.

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