ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RACING & WAGERING
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
The Equine Drug Testing Program is active at seven tracks throughout the State of New York, running a total of around 70,000 samples per year for a wide range of drugs. The program, run by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, maintains a research program for developing and validating assay procedures to keep up with the demand for new and better means of detecting drugs in race horses.
The purpose of this hearing is to address the effectiveness of the program, the adequacy of current financing mechanisms, and to discuss ways that it can be more effective, as testing for prohibited substances in horse racing in New York State has become increasingly important to the integrity of the racing industry and the well-being of the horses.
Oral testimony will be by invitation only. Any persons wishing to present pertinent written testimony to the Committee at the above hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form by November 16, 2009. It is important that the enclosed reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.
Oral testimony will be limited to fifteen minutes duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.
Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committee would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements.
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