After officially sanctioning its fourth distribution of taxes collected from casinos earmarked to support the state’s racing industry, $5.88 million has now been distributed to harness and Thoroughbred breed funds and purse pools.
Overall, the commission has distributed $7.4 million in casino taxes during the last year.
The commission approved another resolution, one related to requests submitted by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association: The Association sought to spend $290,000, overall, in support of the Harness Horsemen’s Health Insurance Trust, and purses for the Little Brown Jug and the Ohio Breeders Championship Series, to be raced at the Delaware County (Ohio) Fair in 2013.
The money is contained in an escrow account that receives nine percent of video lottery terminal revenue generated at Scioto Downs.
Commissioners, including the recently appointed Thomas Winters, also heard updates from Penn National Gaming and Miami Valley Gaming and Racing officials on the construction of new racing facilities near Youngstown, Lebanon and Dayton. Each project was reported to be on schedule.
The new member of the commission was appointed by Governor John Kasich on Aug. 16 to serve a term ending on March 31, 2017.
Winters, a former Ohio Attorney General, graduated from Capital University Law School in 1984. He served for more than a decade as a top assistant and chief of staff to the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.
In private practice he became a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
The commission is expected to meet next at the end of September, although an actual date has not been determined.