Pari-Mutuel Wagering Tickets; Standardbred Horse Racing

[49 Pa.B. 1884]
[Saturday, April 13, 2019]

 The State Horse Racing Commission (Commission) provides notice that on March 26, 2019, at its regularly scheduled public meeting, it issued a Final Order adopting, as a temporary regulation, an amendment to its existing standardbred rules and regulations at 58 Pa. Code § 185.163(h) (relating to sale of pari-mutuel tickets) by providing for a specific exemption to be approved by the Commission. This amendment was requested by members of the standardbred industry who notified the Commission that § 185.163(h) was inconsistent with the equivalent thoroughbred regulation at 58 Pa. Code § 165.112(h) (relating to sale of pari-mutuel tickets). This regulation removes any ambiguity between those two provisions by utilizing verbatim language. The Commission's Order was adopted under the authority of 3 Pa.C.S. §§ 9311(h) and 9312(6)(i) (relating to State Horse Racing Commission; and additional powers of commission) and listed under SHRC Docket No. 2019-8.

 The general purpose of the Order is: (1) to specifically provide for a Commission-approved exemption to the requirement that pari-mutuel tickets be sold for no less than $2; (2) to remove any ambiguity that may exist within the standardbred industry, licensed racing facilities and other wagering entities regarding the sale of pari-mutuel tickets; and (3) to create uniformity and consistency of the rules at standardbred and thoroughbred licensed racing facilities within this Commonwealth.

 This Order and the Annex A will be effective upon publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. In addition, the Order and specific provisions have been posted and published on the Commission's web site and a copy may be accessed by the public at http://www.agriculture. The Commission will also provide copies of the Order upon request directed to (717) 787-5539.

Acting Director
Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-562. Filed for public inspection April 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]

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