Louisiana bill withdrawn after objections made by Committee
May 17, 2017 11:40 AM
by Robert Mann
A Louisiana lawmaker earlier this week withdrew his bill that would have taken $36 million from horse racing purse subsidies and diverted the funds to a state scholarship program.
Jay Morris, a Republican representing a northern district of the state, voluntarily pulled the bill from consideration after members of the House Appropriations Committee raised objections to the legislation, citing the impact it could have on the racing industry in the state.
The bill would have halved the amount of casino subsidies going to purses and breeders’ awards in the state, redirecting them to the state’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. Horsemen said that the impact would “destroy” the racing industry in the state.