Refer Ohio Turf Board Bill Back to Committee: Hear Governor Favors Measure to Increase Commission Power, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-10


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Refer Ohio Turf Board Bill Back to Committee Hear Governor Favors Measure To Increase Commission Power COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 9.— The State Senate has referred a bill that would considerably broaden the authority of the Ohio Racing Commission back to the Senate State Government Committee for rewriting. The measure, if passed, would invest in the racing board authority to license all persons connected with the operation of ,Ohio tracks. Sideliners say that the bill is the outgrowth of the Henry Green case. Green was suspended for three years for allegedly barring a representative of the Commission from the money room at Hamilton last August 19. However, Green appealed the ruling to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and Judge Myron B. Gessaman reversed the order, stating the board did not possess the power to suspend Green. Judge Gessamans order was based on the premise that since Green had not been licensed by the Commission it did not possess the power to suspend him. Thus far, there has been no indication from the board on whether or not it will appeal Judge Gessamans ruling in the Green case. However, the new bill to broaden the powers of the Commission is said to have the approval of Gov. Frank J. Lausche and the individual members of the racing body. Other features of the Senate bill include substantial pay raises for Commission members and the secretary, all of whom serve on a part-time basis. If the measure becomes a law, the annual pay of Commission members will be increased from ,500 to ,600 and the secretarys from ,500 to ,500. At present, the chairman of the Commission receives an annual salary of ,600. The Commission recently asked the State for an annual operating budget of 35,- , 000, an increase of 50 per cent over its previously record budget of 0,000.

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