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'Game changer': Officials praise horse racing safety bill

Horse Racing
Posted at 3:17 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 18:19:57-05

(AP) — Horse racing officials and industry activists are hailing the passage and signing of a safety and integrity bill that will standardize medication and doping rules.

The long sought-after legislation became was part of the spending bill that President Trump signed into law Sunday night. It is set to go into effect no later than July 1, 2022 since it passed before the end of this year.

The bill gives an independent panel authority to set uniform, national medication, drug and track safety standards to be enforced by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Racetracks that don't take part won't be allowed to take bets from out of state.