KY Senate passes measure to take Horse Racing Commission out of governor's office, create independent body Skip to content

KY Senate passes measure to take Horse Racing Commission out of governor's office, create independent body

Another mule bill turns into a real bill – about horses and horse racing.

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Kentucky's Senate voted Tuesday evening on a proposal to take the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission out of the governor's office and turn it into an independent body, similar to the Kentucky Lottery Corporation.

The details of the proposal were unveiled that morning in Senate Bill 299, which was a "shell bill" – a piece of seemingly insignificant legislation designed to be a placeholder for a larger, more important bill that is not filed before the session deadline.

"It's an idea whose time has come," said SB 299's sponsor, Sen. Damon Thayer, the Republican Senate Majority Floor Leader and a longtime member of the horse racing industry.

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This latest proposal comes after Thayer earlier proposed taking the horse racing commission out of the governor's office and putting it under the Department of Agriculture, a move Gov. Andy Beshear called "a power grab."

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