May 7, 2018 – As many of you know, on Friday, April 27 the Kansas Senate voted down our bill, Senate Bill 427. This means SB 427 did not pass out of the Senate and is done. Many of you have inquired about how senators voted. You may view a listing of the senate vote as well as a map of how senators from your region voted here.
April 28, 2018 – The Topeka Capital-Journal Reports: “The Kansas Senate plodded through four hours of debate Friday before narrowly blocking a bill lowering the state’s share of gambling revenue at dog and horse racetracks to make opening shuttered facilities in Sedgwick, Wyandotte and Crawford counties more attractive to investors. Senators voted 17-20 against the bill . . .”
April 27, 2018 – The Senate will be debating our bill (SB 427) this morning during General Orders. They gavel in at 10:00 am. There are several options if you want to know what is going on with the debate. You may find those details here.
March 24, 2018 – Racing supporter, Rick Brunk, tells the Kansas City Star that Kansas needs to reopen the tracks! Brunk writes, “Kansas needs money to keep our schools going. Is it conceivable that pari-mutuel wagering, simulcast betting and slots at the Woodlands and other tracks in Kansas could raise a substantial amount of much-needed revenue to help our school systems. . . Think of all the money we could keep here in our state if the government would vote to allow an equal percentage of slot revenue from the tracks as the casinos have. I mean, what is 40 percent of nothing compared with 25 percent of, let’s say, a million dollars? Do the math. . . “
March 15, 2018 – Check out the Better Horses Network’s special episode of Better Horses, dedicated to our efforts to bring racing back to Kansas! This features a visit to a greyhound farm where you can see how well greyhounds are treated. If you need a way to talk to your friends and family about the importance of bringing racing back to Kansas, this is a great place to start!
Today, legislators had the opportunity to hear about the economic impact Horse and Greyhound racing could have on the Kansas economy if HB 2537 is passed. Here's a short video describing many of the themes that were shared. Race for Kansas is a Win for Kansas!
Race for Kansas supports rural agriculture and community economic development in Kansas. This initiative supports legislation that will create over 4,475 jobs for Kansans, supports Kansas farms and businesses, generates Kansas tourism and helps solves the budget gap in Kansas.
As Kansans who care about Kansas, we invite you to learn more about Race for Kansas. Explore our site. Ask questions. Contact your legislative leaders in Topeka to share with them why Race for Kansas is a win for Kansas.