News & Updates
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 30, 2018 – The legislature has been in session 76 days and is moving very slowly on common sense legislation. Contact your legislators and tell them to bring racing back to Kansas. In this news update we’ve also included a supporter’s letter to the editor and a video of Gail Radke explaining why legislators need to turn the faucet off!
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 16, 2018 – HB 2545 is still awaiting a vote on the House Floor. You’ll also learn more about ways you can combat the tall-tales spun by animal rights activists.
Better Horses Special Race for Kansas Episode
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!
March 9, 2018 – On Wednesday, House Bill 2545 was voted out of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs. This means it is ready for the Kansas House to take a vote and send this along to the Senate. We need you to continue contacting your legislators and ask them to vote to return racing to Kansas.
March 1, 2018 – This past week we visited with many of you at Equifest. We’ve also seen more lies about the treatment of greyhounds being spread. We anticipate activity on our efforts to pick up next week.
February 16, 2018 – We are now waiting for the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs to visit about the bill and make any changes they deem necessary, then take a vote for the bill to come out of committee. But, your legislators won’t take action unless they hear from you – and not just once. A personal, hand-written note goes a long way. In a day and age where digital communication inundates everyone, a letter stands out.
February 8, 2018 – The House Committee on Federal and State Affairs will hold a hearing next week on the bill to return racing to Kansas. Help us by encouraging your legislators to continue moving our bill through the process so racing will return to Kansas!
January 26, 2018 – This week has been an exciting week for our efforts. We introduced an updated version of our bill and the National Greyhound Association responded to misinformation spun by the Humane Society.
January 24, 2018 – Today, an updated bill was introduced in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs by Representatives Adam Lusker and Larry Hibbard. While we already have two bills in the Kansas Legislature, neither bill comprehensively addressed one of our largest hurdles: The companies which operate the state-owned casinos continually threaten the state with lawsuits if the tax rate were to change.
January 19, 2018 – It’s the end of the second week of the legislative session and committees started meeting in earnest. Legislators are rolling up their sleeves to make hard decisions. But we know that returning horse and greyhound racing to Kansas should be an easy decision! We anticipate activity on our efforts to pick up next week.
January 12, 2018 – Today concludes the first week of the 2018 Legislative Session in Kansas. We’ve seen no action on our bills, but the first week is a time when legislators are getting everything up and running for the duration of the session. Even still, we need to continue telling our legislators to bring racing back to Kansas!
January 5, 2018 – On Monday, the Kansas Legislature will begin the 2018 session. Bills that were in committee during the 2017 session remain active, so we have a running start. But, we can’t do it without you. Contact your legislator today! Read more . . .
June 13, 2017 – The legislative session is over and our bill didn’t pass. What now? While we didn’t pass a bill this session, the race isn’t over. Our bill isn’t dead. Kansas operates its legislative cycles on a two-year basis, so our bill is on the docket for next session. This way we can hit the ground running next year. Read more . . .
May 8, 2017 – Ernie Rodina explains to Better Horses Radio fans how to support bringing racing back to Kansas! Listen and share with your friends!
May 4, 2017 – The Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs passed our bill with a supportive amendment and it will have a new number soon–HB 2386. Once it is printed and placed on the Senate calendar it will be available for debate on the Senate floor.
Horse Organization Seeking Solutions
April 30, 2017 – “All we are asking for is parity between horse racing and casino gambling tax percentages and bring back racing to Kansas,” said Jeff Rutland, owner of Rutland Ranch, Independence. . . Read the article at the Independence Daily Reporter.
Bill Further Validated
February 16, 2017 – Today, the Kansas House voted to move HB 2173 to the House Committee on Appropriations for a review on Economic and Revenue impact. This move further validates the positive economic impact that horse and greyhound racing will have on the Kansas Economy. When HB 2173 moves out of the Committee on Appropriations, it will facilitate a faster track through the House, Senate, and on to the Governor’s desk!
Racetrack Bill Moves on to the Full Kansas House
February 9, 2017 – House Bill 2173 has moved out of the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs and into the full House.
Racetrack Bill Filed in Kansas House
January 27, 2017 – “A bill that would make it easier for The Woodlands racetrack at 97th and Leavenworth Road to reopen was introduced Thursday in the Kansas House. The bill, House Bill 2173, was referred to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs, which introduced it . . .”
January 26, 2017 – A bill has been introduced in the Kansas Legislature to help reinvigorate racing in Kansas. House Bill 2173 is in the House Committee on Federal and Affairs. You may follow the bill and read more about it at the Kansas Legislature’s website.
Let’s Invest in Kansas Agriculture
January 23, 2017 – Bringing racing back to Kansas creates opportunities to invest in Kansas’ rich agriculture industry.
New Revenue for Kansas Local and State Governments
January 17, 2017 – In a time when the state of Kansas is looking to close significant budget deficits, brining back racing to Kansas will provide an estimated $23 million in annual state and local tax revenue.
Greater Kansas Racing Alliance Featured on Better Horses
January 13, 2017 – The Greater Kansas Racing Alliance was featured in a segment on Better Kansas City/Better Horses on Thursday, January 12, 2017. You can view the segment on KCTV 5’s Facebook page. Check it out!
Lack of Jobs Cause People to Leave Kansas
Reopening The Woodlands Discussed at Legislative Hearing
January 6, 2017 – The Wyandotte Daily reports “State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., said people often ask him what he can do to reopen The Woodlands . . . Mike Taylor, the lobbyist for the Unified Government, said the UG’s position on The Woodlands has changed from opposing the reopening to favoring it as long as The Woodlands provides benefits to the local community.”
Greater Kansas Racing Alliance Airs Ad on Better Horses
KCK commission advances a permit request to reopen The Woodlands
April 12, 2016 – The Woodlands Special Use Permit was issued with an 8-2 vote from the UG City Planing Commission! Testimony, presentations, and debate lasted over 2 hours and we were very successful in convincing the Planing Commission to issue the Special Use Permit. This is an important first step in reopening the Woodlands. While there is still much left to do, this sent a clear message that the Woodlands, and horse and greyhound racing is still extremely popular in Kansas.
March 18, 2016 – Kansas lawmakers began discussions this week on legislation that would reignite a key agriculture, tourism and entertainment sector of the Kansas economy. Read more . . .
Jeff Rutland Interview
March 17, 2016
The Ag Issues Program
March 17, 2016 – On Thursday’s Ag Issues program, Jeff Rutland, with the Rutland Ranch in Independence joined us. Kimberly Svaty, who represents the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance also joined us on the Ag Issues program.
Congratulations Vicky Starr!
March 2016 – Horse and greyhound enthusiasts from across Kansas had the opportunity to learn more about the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance and the “Race for Kansas” effort to bring horse and greyhound racing back to Kansas during two recent events held in Topeka – the Farm Show and Equifest. Supporters entered their name into a drawing to win a new John Deere Zero Turn Riding Lawn Mower. On March 4, a drawing was held at the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance office in Topeka and Vicki Starr of Fredonia, Kansas was the lucky winner! Monday, March 14, Ms. Starr, her husband and representatives of the Race for Kansas team visited Heritage Tractor to load up their new mower – just in time for the spring weather and grass growing season. Thanks to all Kansans who continue to support the horse and greyhound racing industry and economic opportunity for our state.
The Ag Issues Program
February 29, 2016 – Kimberly Svaty, who represents the Greater Kansas Racing Alliance updates listeners on HB 2537.
Bring Horses and Greyhounds Back To Kansas
February 15, 2016 – Letter to the Editor by Jamie Phillps – Rural Messenger
AQHA News Brief
Initiative Looks to Return Live Racing to Kansas
January 7, 2016 – Group hopes to update 2007 bill that allows electronic gaming machines at the state’s tracks. Read More at AQHA.
The Agribusiness of Horse Racing
An Under Appreciated Revenue Stream in Kansas by Gail Radke
StallionESearch News Brief
January 7, 2016 – The Greater Kansas Racing Alliance has unveiled “Race for Kansas,” an initiative that is intended to create jobs and revitalize the state’s horse and greyhound racing industries. – Read more at: StallionESearch
American Racehorse News Brief
January 7, 2016 – The Greater Kansas Racing Alliance (Alliance) announces Race for Kansas, an initiative that will create jobs and revitalize the horse and Greyhound racing industry in Kansas. Read More: AmericanRaceHorse