Nov 182022

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Bloodhorse – Downey – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: HISA Unconstitutional

TDN – Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds HISA Unconstitutional


Statement from NHBPA CEO Eric Hamelback

on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling HISA unconstitutional

5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ 3-0 opinion ruling HISA unconstitutional
“It is the duty of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association to protect horsemen across the country and that is not a responsibility I take lightly,” said Eric Hamelback, CEO of the NHBPA. “From HISA’s onset, we have thoroughly and fairly examined the HISA corporation’s impact on our industry and its constitutionality. We operated in good faith and did our due diligence to appropriately weigh the pros and cons. We have been saying for years this law and the defined Authority itself are unconstitutional and we are pleased the court has unanimously sided with our position, an outcome many in our industry thought was impossible.

“Today’s unanimous ruling clearly states the entity constructed under HISA is an unconstitutional body and should not hold governing power over our industry, a position we have long supported. On behalf of the NHBPA, I can assure you that we will be following this development closely and support the power reverting back into the hands of the State Racing Commissions. I will keep our members updated as we continue exploring the ruling further as more details come to the surface. We are very appreciative of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for the thorough analysis and opinion. We also thank the many industry stakeholders who supported us in our effort to ensure that horsemen are not subject to an unconstitutional law.”

Media contact:

Eric Hamelback,

CEO, National HBPA


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