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Old 08-06-2022, 11:08 PM   #141
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Originally Posted by Bustin Stones View Post
One big saving of racing has been interstate wagering. However, when you involve interstate commerce, you invite fed oversight. This is true in every industry. It's a catch22. If state run tracks decide to stop taking wagers from outside the state, the drop in revenue kills their game. If states decide to pay for the extra oversight, the added expense may shut down smaller circuits, Contraction will follow either decision. Or we can scrap the whole idea of fed oversight and play it cheap. And accept whatever each state commission believes is fair to fans. Even though racing is conducting interstate commerce.
If you believe fed bureaucracy is both incompetent AND evil, you would oppose oversight. I choose to believe the fed is just incompetent.
Since the first horse was shipped across a state line to compete at a race track, the sport has been considered 'interstate commerce'.
The HISA is the result of two things. One, those who have ownership in the industry( owners, trainers and race track managements) have been less than diligent at policing themselves. And in ANY industry, failure to control your business, invites political, read federal , oversight.
I'll give two recent examples
One, is the trucking industry. For decades, trucking companies and drivers were trusted to monitor hours of service and safety. Over the years, the cheating became rampant. Falsified hours of service logs. Overweight trucks. etc. Fst forward to tody. The US DOT and the other alphabet agencies now require electronic monitoring of hours of service as well as safety monitoring.
Another. Anyone remember the Savings and Loan crisis of the late 80's early 90's? This was caused by lenders who hired their own real estate appraisers to place values on properties. The Appraisers job was to "come up with a number to make the loan work."
No mind was paid to the actual market value of a property. When the real estate market crashed, banks were left with billions of dollars of outstanding loans they made on properties that were no where near the value of the loan.
The federal government stepped in and created USPAP. The Uniform STandards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Simply put, going forward , all appraisals are required by law to be an "arms length transaction"....Yep, the bigger banks lobbied against this scrutiny. But the banks created the environment for 'cheating'
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