Invoice 5042 was proposed by a hundred and fifth district consultant Nicole Klarides-Ditria, 91st district consultant Michael D’Agostino, and 18th district senator Heather Somers.
Invoice 5042 Is Not the First Try to Ban Greyhound Racing in Connecticut
Invoice 5042 proposes a full prohibition on the operation of any greyhound racing tracks within the state of Connecticut. Moreover, it introduces a ban on any simulcasting of greyhound racing occasions which can be going down outdoors of the state.
Nevertheless, this isn’t the primary time such legislative adjustments have been proposed. The same invoice was accredited by the Senate in 2017 nevertheless it didn’t undergo the Home of Representatives so it was finally scrapped.
In 2021, there was one other try to ban greyhound racing within the state however the Home of Representatives voted towards the invoice proposal. Then, in February 2022, Republican State Consultant Nicole Klarides-Ditria proposed a really related invoice with quantity 5174 nevertheless it by no means actually undergo the entire approval course of.
Greyhound Racing Is Deemed Inhumane and Merciless
The distinction between the invoice from February and the present invoice proposal is that the earlier one solely launched a ban on the operation of greyhound tracks however didn’t current any guidelines round simulcasting. The most recent invoice desires to eradicate not solely greyhound racing tracks within the state but additionally thwart any dwell broadcast of such races in reference to sports activities betting actions. This can in all probability imply that the legislative adjustments will affect sports activities wagering on greyhound races altogether with most operators finally selecting to not provide such wagers.
Each the invoice from February and the present invoice, nevertheless, level to the truth that 41 different US states have already made greyhound racing unlawful. The 2 invoice proposals additionally spotlight that the canine taking part in such races are sometimes handled in inhumane methods and are topic to abuse and accidents. The usage of dwell bait can also be underlined as merciless.
Greyhound Racing Has Been Declining for a Lengthy Time
There aren’t any greyhound race tracks left in Connecticut. This type of leisure was very fashionable prior to now with Connecticut’s first observe – Plainfield Greyhound Park – opening in 1976. Nevertheless, by 2005 all dwell greyhound races had been discontinued as attendance was very low and its glory days have been virtually over.
But, in response to laws, opening a greyhound race observe remains to be attainable in Connecticut. With the newest invoice proposal 5042, lawmakers are attempting to replicate these historic developments and make it unattainable for this merciless type of leisure to have a comeback in Connecticut.