HISA unconstitutional

Former HBPA Prez On 5th Circuit Appeal: 'No Matter The Result' Both Sides Expect Supreme Court To Decide HISA'S Fate

Leroy Gessmann, who served as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) from 2015 to 2021 and currently works as the Arizona HBPA's executive director, told commissioners at the Arizona Racing Commission (AZRC) meeting Thursday that regardless of the decision gets handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, both the HBPA and its opponents in a 2 1/2-year-old lawsuit to nullify the Horseracing and Safety Integrity Act (HISA) agree that the nation's highest court will eventually have to be called upon...

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Sixth Circuit Parties Argue Whether New HISA Law Renders Anti-Constitutionality Claims Moot

Parties on both sides of a Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals case that seeks to reverse a lower court's decision to dismiss a constitutional challenge of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) argued via written briefs Thursday as to whether or not a pro-HISA law passed at the tail end of 2022 renders as "moot" any constitutionality claims in the under-appeal lawsuit. The Jan. 12 briefs were filed in accordance with a Dec. 30 request from the Sixth Circuit to explain how the Dec. 29 signage of...

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ARCI's Ed Martin on TDN Writers' Room: What's Next for HISA

ARCI President Ed Martin joins this week's TDN Writers' Room to discuss the recent news that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that HISA is unconstitutional.

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Letters to the Editor: Ed Martin, President, Association of Racing Commissioners International

For well over a year, we have been told that the HISA Act was legally bulletproof and within the parameters of the US Constitution. According to a unanimous decision of a three judge panel from both political parties issued last week, such assertions may not be so. The ARCI has not taken sides in this legal dispute, although some of our member agencies have as there are serious issues involving States rights, taxation without representation and commandeering that are at stake. The final outcome of the legal process may not...

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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds HISA Unconstitutional

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday ruled that the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) is unconstitutional because it "delegates unsupervised government power to a private entity," and thus "violates the private non-delegation doctrine." The Appeals Court order by a panel of three judges reverses a lower court's decision earlier this year that dismissed a constitutionality lawsuit initiated in 2021 by the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA). The Nov. 18 order also remands the case back to U.S. District Court (Northern District...

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