Fairs eye pari-mutuel pie

Feb 11, 2003 7:56 AM

In an effort to spread the wealth, state Sen. Dean Rhoads wants to give rural county fairs a piece of parimutuel action.

Rhoads, R-Tuscarora, seeks to turn over 1/25th of the off-track betting fees from Nevada’s sports books to supplement the horse racing purses at county fairs in Elko, White Pine and Humboldt counties.

That would work out to a little over $200,000 a year, according to official figures.

Rhoads’ Senate Bill 3 is patterned after legislation he introduced in 2001. But that bid was defeated in the absence of active support from the state’s $80 million-a-year parimutuel industry.

In other legislative news, Senate Bill 42 would add a member from the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling to the state’s Gaming Policy Committee.

The Nevada Resort Association is currently trying to get the state to pony up $250,000 to pay for problem gaming programs.