HBPA’s Hamelback on Sen. Grassley asking FTC, HISA about failure to meet statutorily mandated July 1 deadline

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Tuesday, June 28, 2022) Statement from National HBPA CEO Eric Hamelback on U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and his Senate colleagues Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) sending a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Horseracing Integrity & Safety Authority asking hard questions about the implementation of the HISA legislation and the rule-making process’ lack of inclusion:

“We join our Iowa affiliate in praising Senator Chuck Grassley and his Senate colleagues for taking a leadership role in demanding answers to many of the same questions we have been asking for months without response.

“Hardworking, day-to-day horsemen and horsewomen want safe and clean horse racing, and the Authority is failing in its duty to realize this goal. The Authority and HISA staff are populated with members who do not offer a true inclusive representation for the entire industry, and because of that we are seeing what lack of proper input from all participants causes. They are brazenly violating federal law by missing deadlines and staff are admitting in public forums that the FTC gave them permission to do so. We fully support Senator Grassley’s efforts to find out why this is happening.”

Related: Iowa HBPA praises Senator Grassley for asking FTC, HISA hard questions

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