Jan. 7, 2022

FTC Releases HISA Regulations for Public Comment
Public Comment Period Ends January 19, 2022

The Federal Trade Commission has posted the proposed rules for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority. The announcement, and a link to the proposed rules, are below. The FHBPA will be reviewing the final draft and submitting comments. We encourage our members to read over the document. You can submit comments directly, as outlined below, or you can share your comments with FHBPA Executive Director Andy Belfiore, abelfiore@floridaHBPA.com.

A Notice by the Federal Trade Commission on 01/05/2022

Federal Trade Commission.

Notice of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) proposed rule; request for public comment.

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 recognizes a self-regulatory nonprofit organization, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, which is charged with developing proposed rules on a variety of subjects. Those proposed rules and later proposed rule modifications take effect only if approved by the Federal Trade Commission. The proposed rules and rule modifications must be published in the Federal Register for public comment. Thereafter, the Commission has 60 days from the date of publication to approve or disapprove the proposed rule or rule modification. The Authority submitted to the Commission a proposed rule on Racetrack Safety on December 6, 2021. The Office of the Secretary of the Commission determined that the proposal complied with the Commission's rule governing such submissions. This document publicizes the Authority's proposed rule text and explanation, and it seeks public comment on whether the Commission should approve or disapprove the proposed rule.

If approved, the HISA proposed rule would have an effective date of July 1, 2022. Comments must be received on or before January 19, 2022.

Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by following the instructions in the Comment Submissions part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write “HISA Racetrack Safety” on your comment and file your comment online at https://www.regulations.gov under docket number FTC-2021-0076. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite CC-5610 (Annex B), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex B), Washington, DC 20024.

Austin King (202-326-3166), Associate General Counsel for Rulemaking, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580.