Louisiana court blocks enforcement of horse racing safety legislation

Makenzie Boucher
Shreveport Times

Louisiana lawmakers were able to block enforcement of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) regulations Tuesday.

HISA was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, and proposed regulations for a safer era in the sport of horseracing. On July 26, Attorney Jeff Landry and Terry Doughty of United States District Court won a victory in the preliminary injunction against rules created from HISA for the State of Louisiana. 

Landry filed suit in June noting that the act effectively substitutes state regulatory commissions with a private corporation. Landry said, "Since becoming a State in 1812, Louisiana has not only regulated horseracing but also built an entire culture around it with the owners, trainers, jockeys, racetracks and patrons."

Bossier City's own racetrack, The Louisiana Downs said, " We have worked diligently, hand in hand, with the Horsemen’s Association, as well the Louisiana State Racing Commission for safer racing at our facility... safety has always been and continues to be our top priority at Louisiana Downs."

Landry said that the regulations are unclear, inconsistent and violate due process. "I will continue to do all that I legally can to halt them from taking effect in Louisiana,” said Landry. 

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Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times. Contact her at mboucher@gannett.com.