TTA Member Alert
Your immediate action is needed! Senator Kel Seliger’s SB 1340 relating to the temporary operation of a race track extension location has passed out of the Senate and is now being carried by Representative Tracy King in the House. The bill has been referred to the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and is scheduled for a hearing next Tuesday, May 14th.
Given the short time period, this bill is likely our only hope to pass beneficial legislation in this session.
This bill extends the time authorized in the Texas Racing Act for a licensed but yet unbuilt racetrack to offer pre-opening simulcasting from 2 years to 6 years, generating several million dollars in incremental purse money and breeders awards each year. SB 1340 is a pro-business, economic development bill that also helps agriculture and the Texas horse industry by allowing us to move toward competitiveness with our neighboring states.
Please contact each member of the Committee as soon as possible, to ask for his/her support of this bill. Be sure to thank the member for his/her time and emphasize that this measure will generate funds vital to the horse racing and breeding industry.
The House Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee Comprises:
Chair Phone Fax
Wayne Smith (R) 512.463.0733 512.463.1323
John Kuempel (R) 512.463.0602 512.463.5896
Charlie Geren (R) 512.463.0610 512.463.8310
Lance Gooden (R) 512.463.0458 512.463.2040
Ryan Guillen (D) 512.463.0416 512.463.1012
Roland Gutierrez (D) 512.463.0452 512.463.1447
Borris Miles (D) 512.463.0518 512.463.0941
Walter “Four” Price (R) 512.463.0470 512.463.8003
Senfronia Thompson (D) 512.463.0720 512.463.6306
TALKING POINTS ARE ATTACHED HERE: SB 1340