Legislative Information


The Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association works hard to follow any legislation of interest and work with the Michigan Legislature, Michigan Department of Agriculture, and Michigan Gaming Control Board to help promote and grow harness racing in Michigan.

Right now, We Need Your Help. The House Regulatory Reform Committee is currently debating SB 661, which would allow for the use of historical horse racing terminals at licensed racetracks. The MHHA is fighting to ensure this bill passes and we continue to grow revenue for horse racing in Michigan. We are supporting new modern tools that will increase purses, grow the MI Agricultural Equine Industry Development Fund, and help equine agriculture survive in Michigan.

You Can Help By Donating To The MHHA PAC And By Contacting Your Local Legislators

As the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association works to promote conditions favorable to the harness racing industry, we recognize that it starts with those who we elect to serve in office.  MHHA’s PAC is utilized to have an impact on elections in Michigan and that is why it is critical to have a successful PAC and be involved, not only for the success of Michigan Harness Horsemen, but the entire industry and our agriculture partners. Michigan Harness Horsemen’s PAC’s success is dependent on member involvement.

 Political Action Committee Form

We also need you to Contact Your Legislators. While our team works to connect with legislators on your behalf every day in Lansing, nothing is more powerful than a phone call or a letter from a voter in their district. Using the links below you can find your local Representative and local Senator and either call them or write them to let them know we need their support of SB 661 to save harness racing in Michigan.

Find your Senator by District Link

Find your Representative by District Link

Remember to be respectful, let them know about your experiences personally, talk about the impact of harness racing on the economy and what it means for agriculture in the state.



Horse Racing related Legislation

Horse Racing Law

Public Act 279 of 1995

       Legislation of Interest

You can click the link below to see all of the legislation the MHHA is currently following on behalf of our membership.

MHHA Docket

Specifically, the MHHA is working as hard as possible to help pass SB 661, which would allow for pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse races at licensed racetracks. The approval of this legislation will lead to more revenue for purses, stakes races, breeders incentives, county fairs, and more. The added revenue would make Michigan competitive with states like Ohio and Indiana and lead to an increase in breeding Michigan racehorses and help grow the Michigan equine industry.