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Monthly news & updates
April, 2022
Contact FTHA NOW to Collect Unclaimed Funds with the Florida Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Corp
The deadline to claim funds from accounts with the Florida Horsemen’s Bookkeeper Corporation (FHBC) that have been inactive for five years or more is fast approaching. Letters have been sent to the owners of all inactive FHBC accounts who have addresses on file, detailing the simple steps needed to claim the balance in those accounts. YOU MUST CONTACT THE FTHA OFFICE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, APRIL 25, IF YOU HAVE FUNDS IN A DORMANT FHBC ACCOUNT TO PREVENT THOSE FUNDS FROM BEING TURNED OVER TO THE STATE.
 
If we are unable to locate the accountholders, the balance in these inactive accounts will be turned over to the State of Florida by April 30, 2022. After that date, funds can be collected by going to https://www.fltreasurehunt.gov/.


(Thank you if you have already contacted us to collect your funds!). If your name appears on the list, or if you are the heir of an accountholder, please give us a call at (954) 457-3516, or email us at abelfiore@floridahorsemen.org.
Florida Gaming Control Commission
to Begin Operations July 1
Florida’s gaming businesses, which have been regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering (DPMW), will become the responsibility of the Florida Gaming Control Commission on July 1, 2022. The new organization will oversee wagering at casinos and pari-mutuel wagering facilities in the state, including Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay Downs.
The members of the five-person Commission include Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) Secretary Julie Brown, as well as Chuck Drago and Michael Yaworsky, formerly DBPR executives. Two members have yet to be named. Lou Trombetta, the executive director of DPMW, takes over as executive director of the Florida Gaming Control Commission.

The Florida Gaming Control Commission was created via legislation passed during a special session of the Florida State legislature in May of 2021. Also passed during the special session were laws that decoupled harness and greyhound racing, while maintaining that requirement for Thoroughbred racing; allow for night racing for Thoroughbred racing; and allow slot machine gaming areas to be moved away from the main building, as long as they are still located at the same address. The last provision would allow Gulfstream Park to have a stand-alone casino.

The FTHA’s lobbyists, Johnston & Stewart, represent the interest of our owners and trainers in Tallahassee. Click here for more on the legislative activities of the 2021 and 2022 sessions.