Texas Racing Commission Delays Action on Historical Racing Rules; Not Part of August Meeting Agenda as Further Study Continues

(Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 6, 2014) - The Texas Racing Commission (TxRC), which received over 13,000 comments regarding approving rules for historical racing machines in Texas, did not put the issue on the agenda for its August meeting. The Commission will continue to study. Commission Chairman Robert Schmidt told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Don’t over read it either way that it’s not coming up this month. We are trying to do our due diligence and be as open and transparent and possible. If you are going to take the time to write the Racing Commission, we need to take the time to read it.” Click here to read the full article in the Star-Telegram.

TxRC Public Information Offiicer Robert Elrod seconded the Chairman's comments, saying,“We appreciate the thousands of comments submitted on both sides of the issue and they will be invaluable to the commissioners as they deliberate. This decision to take more time to study the issue is not indicative one way or the other of any future action they may take."

Elrod continued, “The Commission could take action on the rules at a later date, but it has the option to delay action until as late as December 27,” he said. “If the Commission takes no action by December 27, the proposed rules will automatically expire by operation of law.”

The Commission can still choose to move forward approving rules for historical racing at Texas racetracks at any of its meetings from September through December 27. So if you have not made your opinion on this important matter heard yet, please do so immediately.

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