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North American Pari-mutuel Regulators Association holds convention


October 7, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Oct. 6, Jackson Hole, Wyoming--- The North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association (NAPRA), in continuing to be the industry’s regulatory workhorse, completed its three day Fall Convention in Jackson Hole on Monday, October 4, 2004.

In addition to introducing Paul J. Bowlinger as the new full-time Executive Director, NAPRA elected two new board members to vacant positions. Representing Region 3 is Darcy Hitesman, Chair of the Minnesota Racing Commission and filling in an at large position is Larry Eliason, Executive Secretary of the South Dakota Commission on Gaming.

A major advance was made in the formation of an Ad Hoc committee made up of U.S. and Canadian experts in Tote Security. This blue ribbon panel will review the recommendations put forth in the recently released report produced by the NTRA’s Wagering Systems Task Force. Specifically, the committee will review the technology-related recommendations concerning the development of a wagering transaction protocol, formation of a National Office of Wagering Security and other pari-mutuel system integrity issues. NAPRA intends to be the standard-bearer regarding compliance with these recommended Tote and Wagering security issues and in their industry wide enforcement for the benefit of the betting public and industry as a whole.

The NAPRA Board of Directors is promptly considering the important requests submitted by Jockeys’ Guild Chair Tomey Jean Swan and it’s President Dr. L. Wayne Gertmenian. The Guild presented issues that they believe to be crucial to its members. Within 24 hours NAPRA President Gary Belecki appointed a distinguished and experienced group of Commissioners and staff to review the Guild’s submissions and return to the Board with recommendations in order to determine to what extent NAPRA can assist, consistent with the best interests of the industry.

In other action the Board requested the finance committee to include $2,500.00 in the proposed 2005 budget for support of the Racing Industry Stewards Accreditation Program.

For more information please contact Paul J. Bowlinger at 888-627-7250.