Horse Racing Commission asks for increase in funding

Friday, December 17th 2004, 8:08 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- State horse racing officials say the cap for regulating gaming at state tracks is too low.

The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Thursday decided to ask the Legislature to increase the $350,000 cap to nearly $900,000.

Racing Commission Executive Director Gordon Hare says monitoring gaming machines at the track could be paid for either by the state, track owners or both.

He says the industry will need at least $400,000 this fiscal year to pay for new jobs.

The commission hopes to have eight full-time law enforcement officer to monitor the gaming enabled by State Question 712.