A major dispute has erupted on the horse racing scene in West Virginia where the state Lottery Commission is planning to take over some regulatory oversight of the thoroughbred industry.
The Charles Town (West Virginia) Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association objects to a state inter-agency agreement that assigns some legal tasks to the Lottery Commission that previously were handled by the Racing Commission.
The horsemen’s group has petitioned the state Supreme Court to intervene, saying that the in-house legal counsel of the Lottery Commission is not a constitutional officer such as the state attorney general.
“This is a power grab by the executive branch of state government, plain and simple,” said David Hammer, the lawyer representing the horsemen.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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