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State assures home rules will apply to Fairgrounds horse racing

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerns regarding horse racing in town may have packed a recent selectboard meeting, but the future for the Fairgrounds is still in the running.
Shortly after the Monday night meeting began, the chairman of the board, Stephen Bannon, read a prepared statement indicating that while the issue was a matter of importance, the purpose of the meeting was to conduct the business of the town.
“Tonight is not the time or place to have a community discussion concerning Senate Bill 101 or racing at the Fairgrounds. Every member of the selectboard is aware of this,” said Bannon.
The mention of a piece of legislation, “An Act Relative to Regulating Horse Racing and Wagering,” first fueled a heated discussion surround Great Barrington’s Fairgrounds and horse racing last month.

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