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United Regulators to Tackle Wagering Security, other Integrity Challenges


December 5, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Board of Directors of the North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association (NAPRA) and the Board of Racing Commissioners International voted unanimously Wednesday Nov. 30th in favor of adopting to a Memorandum which facilitates the merging of all NAPRA jurisdictions into Racing Commissioners International (RCI), effectively forming one, strong, united association of racing and pari-mutuel regulators

The integrity challenges facing the racing and pari-mutuel industry are significant and regulators now stand united in addressing those challenges,? said David Roberts, NAPRA Chairman and Director of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.

This is an important first step in what we believe will be a proactive approach of the regulatory community working as one to tackle integrity problems in racing,? said RCI Chairman Timothy ?Ted? Connors, Chairman of the New Hampshire Pari-Mutuel Commission.

The two organizations will begin functioning as one immediately despite the January 1, 2006 effective date of the merger.

RCI President Ed Martin also announced that Paul Bowlinger, the current NAPRA Executive Director, will join the RCI staff as Executive Vice President.

NAPRA and RCI have worked effectively together for some time on model rules, the RMTC, and other projects. This marriage makes sense, not only from a practical standpoint, but in terms of eliminating duplication and marshalling the effective use of our resources in a coordinated way, said Paul Bowlinger.

RCI President Martin said: ?We are ecstatic that our colleagues from NAPRA are merging in to RCI. Together we are in a stronger position to address the integrity challenges new technology and the global dissemination of the North American racing product present to this industry.

Martin said that NAPRA?s merger into RCI is consistent with the association?s strategic plan to consolidate the various racing integrity programs and associations into a coordinated cohesive program that serves both the needs of regulators, industry participants, and the general public.

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