The state legislature in Louisiana approved a measure this week which would allocate $5 per start to a fund for Thoroughbred aftercare. HB384 states monies raised from the funding stream would be managed by a representative of Louisiana horsemen for withdrawals and disbursement from the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Account.
The bill, authored by Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R-District 81), was passed unanimously by both the Louisiana House of Representatives and Senate.
The language in HB384 does allow the automatic donation to be “withdrawn or opted out of by providing written notification to the representative of horsemen in the state.”
The bill was sent to the governor for executive approval on Wednesday.
Read more about HB384, including full bill language, here.