Langer Bill Hits Horse Shipments Out-of-State: Another Measure Asks Names of Bettors Winning 0 at Tracks, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-11


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Longer Bill Hits Horse Shipments Out-of-State Another Measure Asks Names of Bettors Winning 0 at Tracks WASHINGTON, D. C, June 9.— Senator William Langer, Republican of North Dakota, yesterday introduced a bill to prohibit the shipment in interstate commerce of horses or dogs* for racing purposes at tracks where betting is legal or money prizes are awarded. This would compel tracks to depend upon horses within their respective states. The Senator maintained that his bill would not interfere with racing in states which have legalized it." He explained that it would curb the migration of horses and dogs around the-country, following climatic seasons. "For example," he said, "if a horse owner in the State of Maryland still desires to continue his stable he can have the mare studded in Kentucky and return her to Maryland. The offspring could then race in the State of Maryland, or the homegrown variety could be used." Senator Langer further said that he doubted that thoroughbred racing really existed to improve the breed of horses in the country and provide better breeding stock for the cavalry. "The Remount Service has been abolished," he added. In a companion measure, Senator Langer would require race tracks to report to the government the names of all persons who win 0 or more. He said this would enable the Internal Revenue Bureau to collect taxes on winnings. Senator Herbert R. OConor, Democrat of Maryland, introduced a bill drafted by the Senate Crime Investigating Committee, of which he is chairman. It wouldjirohibit the transmission of payment of a bet by telephone, telegraph, mail or radio crc state lines. In an accompanying statement, Senai OConor said the committee was aware the possibility that the bill might be intt preted to apply to a case where a pers during a telephone conversation mig make a bet with a friend. "This," he sa "could be left to the sound discretion federal prosecution and enforcement of cials" and that it was not the intenti "to let loose a multitude of prosecutio upon citizens who are innocent of proft sional gambling connections."

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