NY Times: Proposed Legislation Would Give USADA Control Over Horse Racing

by | 05.01.2013 | 8:04am

According to a report in the New York Times, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania have written the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act which they plan to introduce to Congress next week. 
The legislation would give the USADA the authority to “develop rules for permitted and prohibited substances.” 
It would also create testing programs and enforce tougher penalties for those that break the rules.
The USADA is the official anti-doping agency for the U.S. Olympic team, and has worked with Major League Baseball to eliminate performance-enhancing drugs.
“We look forward to helping the industry clean itself up,” said Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive. “We fully support, and have shown, that the independent model is the only truly effective way to regulate a sport.”