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Special meeting to discuss new changes in law affecting race track

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 13:53:03-04

The Rillito Race Track and other local leaders will have a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss possible changes in off-track betting laws. 

The goal of the meeting is to inform everyone about the changes that eliminate protections that allowed the race track to have a share of State and County wide commission. 

In the efforts to eliminate dog racing in the State of Arizona - done-rule protections were terminated which allowed Rillito to say who could bring racing signals into the county. 

According to Jaye Wells, President and CEO of the race tack those terms will will disappear in December. The race track will no longer receive their share of off-track betting. 

"However, there is a federal law called the Interstate Horsing Act that gives us a 60 miles radius protection, and we believe that Pima County has been treated unfairly for far too long. We are barred from running parlors and we're the only county in the entire state."

In a statement to KGUN9, City Councilman Steve Kozachik and says,

My goal in being a part of this is to end Off Track Betting for Greyhounds in the City of Tucson. If we can tie that in with added tax revenues for the region, and send another message to Phoenix that we're not going to sit by and let Pima County be targeted by the state any longer, then that's gravy. But freeing the greyhounds from live racing, regardless of where those races are taking place is the reason I'm involved with this issue.

There is no betting at Rillito. However, there's wagering and off-track betting at parlors around the county. 

The meeting is set to begin tonight at 6:30 PM at the Rillito race track.