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Lawmakers reject parts of racing rules

BISMARCK - Horsemen who often clash with the state Racing Commission chalked up a victory Wednesday when a legislative committee rejected parts of the commission's new administrative rules.

BISMARCK - Horsemen who often clash with the state Racing Commission chalked up a victory Wednesday when a legislative committee rejected parts of the commission's new administrative rules.

State Rep. Rod Froelich, D-Selfridge, a member of the Legislature's Administrative Rules Committee, joined horsemen in questioning some rules.

The committee asked the commission to rewrite rules affecting how mares are registered and how breeders' fund dollars can be spent. Administrative rules have the force of law and are created by agencies to carry out legislation.

The 2007 Legislature ordered new commission rules because it had been operating several years under interim rules, a privilege not allowed other state agencies.

Federal criminal convictions against former simulcast operator Susan Bala of Fargo were overturned earlier this year when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the commission had never enacted administrative rules to govern a practice called account wagering, an issue central to the prosecution.

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Lance Hagen of Bismarck, speaking for the North Dakota Quarter Horse Racing Association, asked legislators to consider how rules affect people governed by them.

"We don't create rules to become hindrances to people," he argued.

Hagen, a former member of the Racing Commission, said the only testimony and written comments during a public hearing on the new rules were from people opposed.

"So it makes no sense to me" to adopt parts that the horse industry opposes. "This system was not broken. I don't even know why we're having this discussion today," he said.

Everything horsemen asked to be changed in the proposed rules "got voted down" by the commission, he said.

Horsemen oppose a rule requiring them to register a filly when she's born and then re-register her years later as a brood mare to collect breeders' fund points. Horsemen want female horses to all be registered once, as simply "mares," regardless of age.

The new rule, Froelich said, is "changing a horse in the middle of the stream."

But state Racing Director Randy Blaseg said the new rules match many other states.

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Hagen, Froelich and others also questioned the practice of money in the breeders' fund being used to augment purses during live races.

"This whole thing can be fixed if we don't use the breed fund for purses," Hagen said.

Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum. She can be reached at (701) 224-0830 or forumcap@btinet.net

Lawmakers reject parts of racing rules Janell Cole 20071214

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