Saturday, December 21, 2013

Horse Council PAC makes donations to legislators

The following contributions will be made by the Horse Council PAC before the start of the 2014 Maryland General Assembly.  They were agreed to unanimously by the board of directors of the Horse Council PAC on December 20, 2013 after considering participation in MHC activities, responsiveness to MHC requests, alignment with MHC on policy positions, and ability to affect outcomes on MHC issues by virtue of committee assignment and rank. 

  1. Mike Miller D – Senate President, Prince George’s and Calvert - $200

  1. Mike Busch D – Speaker of the House, Anne Arundel - $200

  1. Maggie Macintosh D - House, Baltimore City, Chair Environmental Matters - $200

  1. Ed Reilly R – Senate, Anne Arundel, Minority Whip, attended multiple MHC events and led 2011 tour - $200

  1. Guy Guzzone D – House, Howard, Deputy Majority Whip, running for Senate, attended multiple MHC events and led 2012 tour - $200

  1. Sheila Hixson D – House, Montgomery, Chair Ways and Means, attended Horse Expo - $200

  1. Eric Luedtke D – House, Montgomery, Vice Chair Ways and Means, attended BBQ - $100

  1. Karen Montgomery D – Senate, Montgomery, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, sent staff to BBQ - $100

  1. Tom Hucker D – House, Montgomery, Economic Matters, attended Horse Expo - $100

  1. Peter Murphy D– House, Charles, Health and Government Operations, attended Horse Expo - $100

  1. Susan Aumann R – House, Baltimore Co, Asst. Minority Whip, sent staff to BBQ - $100

  1. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio R – House, Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico, Minority Whip, Economic Matters, attended BBQ, running for Lt. Governor - $100

  1. David Brinkley R – Senate, Frederick and Carroll, Minority Leader, Finance, attended mulitiple MHC events, longtime friend of MHC and horseman - $100

  1. Steve Lafferty D – House, Baltimore Co., Environmental Matters, attended Horse Expo with wife who is involved with horses - $100

  1. J. B. Jennings R – Senate, Baltimore and Harford; Education, Health, and Environment, has attended past MHC functions and owns feed store - $100

  1. David Rudolph D – House, Cecil, Vice Chair Economic Matters, supporter of Fair Hill - $100

  1. Geraldine Valentino-Smith D, House, Prince George's, Judicial Committee, has been responsive on equestrian use of Bowie Training Center - $100

Friday, December 20, 2013

Attention residents of Harford and Cecil counties! Del. Glen Glass Town Hall meeting

Del. Glen Glass (Cecil and Harford counties) has issued this invitation for a Town Hall meeting:

Dear Friend:

In preparation for the 2014 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, I am holding a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at the American Legion Hall located at 44 North Parke Street, Aberdeen, MD 21001.

The Town Hall meeting will provide a forum for you to communicate directly to me.  I want to hear from you about the concerns and issues that are of interest to you.  As your Delegate in Annapolis, I want to know how I can best represent you in the legislature, and how I can make the 2014 Session a productive one, setting forth an agenda that reflects what is important to you.  One of the issues that I am going to consider is a bill that will fix Maryland’s automated speed camera enforcement program to prevent the current abuses in the existing program.

If you are not able to attend the Town Hall meeting, or if you would like to send in advance any comments on topics that you would like to be discussed, please email me at

I will look forward to hearing from you, or seeing you at the Town Hall meeting on January 4th.  In the meantime, I wish you a very happy holiday season, and send my best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Your delegate and servant,

Glen Glass
District 34A
6 Bladen Street, Room 325
Annapolis, MD 21401

Friday, December 6, 2013

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Maryland Horse Council Votes to Support Prince Georges County Casino at Rosecroft Raceway

Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLCPress ReleaseFor Immediate Release
Maryland Horse Council Votes to Support Prince Georges County Casino at Rosecroft Raceway
Maryland Horse Council Board of Directors Voted at Annual Meeting on November 19th     

December 5, 2013 - Damascus, MD: On November 19th, at the Maryland Horse Council Annual Meeting at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, the Board of Directors voted to support locating the Prince Georges County casino at Rosecroft Raceway. Below is the text of a letter written by Maryland Horse Council President Jane Seigler to Video Lottery Facility Location Commission Chairman Don Fry strongly urging the Commission to locate the casino at Rosecroft, and outlining why such a casino at Rosecroft would have huge benefits not only for the horse industry, but also for the community at large.

Text of President Seigler's letter:

"The Maryland Horse Council strongly supports the location of the Prince  
George's County Casino at Rosecroft Raceway.

The Horse Council is the non-profit, umbrella trade association for all equine
related businesses, professions, associations and interest groups in the State of
Maryland. [See] The Horse Council's member
associations represent over 35,000 horse people, and our membership also
comprises farms, businesses, charities, foundations and individual supportive
members. Our membership includes many farms, families and businesses
involved in the Standardbred industry in Maryland, as well as many
individuals who follow and enthusiastically enjoy the sport.

We are sure that the Lottery Commission is well aware of the important
economic impact of the Standardbred industry on the state and local economy:
1,600 jobs, $66,000,000 in assets and 18,000 acres of green space. You
perhaps might not be as aware of the symbiotic relationship among all the
various segments of the horse industry in Maryland. The Standardbred,
Thoroughbred, other sport horse and pleasure horse segments each rely on a
largely integrated network of vendors of everything from feed and hay, to
veterinary medicine, to pickup trucks. Thus the health of each segment
contributes in a very direct way to the health of the entire horse industry in
Maryland - an industry with total assets of $5.6 billion, and which controls
587,000 acres, almost one-third of all the agricultural land in Maryland.
Location of the Casino at Rosecroft will help ensure that the track remains
healthy and thriving, which in turns helps ensure a healthy and thriving
Standardbred industry, a healthy and thriving Maryland horse industry and a
healthy and thriving Maryland economy.

But the economic benefits of locating the Casino at Rosecroft go beyond the
impact on the Standardbred industry and the horse industry as a whole. The
Casino will undoubtedly boost the local economy in general. It just makes
sense that it should be sited where it can be a catalyst for new growth and
economic development, rather than being lumped in with a site that is already
highly developed. The citizens of Prince George's County deserve to enjoy
new economic opportunities at diverse locations, including Rosecroft.

For all of these reasons, the Maryland Horse Council strongly urges the Video
Lottery Facility Location Commission to locate the Prince George's County
Casino at Rosecroft Raceway."

To view a copy of the letter, click HERE.
To learn more about the Maryland Horse Council, click HERE  
Maryland Horse Council
Jane Seigler, President
Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC
Margaret Rizzo, President