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Bossier City man appointed to state racing commission

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BATON ROUGE- Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the appointment Friday of Mike McHalffey to the Louisiana State Racing Commission.

The Louisiana State Racing Commission serves to enforce rules and regulations, propose legislation, and develop policies for the Louisiana racing industry. Furthermore, it ensures the legitimate performance of all racing animals and the accountability of pari-mutuel wagering in Louisiana.

McHalffey, of Bossier City, is currently a real estate appraiser and owner of Mike R McHalffeyAppraisals, LLC. McHalffey was previously a teacher and coach in the Bossier Parish School system. McHalffeywill be appointed to serve as a representative of the 4th Congressional District, as required by statute.

According to statute, the board is composed of thirteen gubernatorial appointments, subject to senate confirmation. There must be one member from each congressional district, and the remaining members at-large and four members from each of the following parishes having active racetracks: Calcasieu, St. Landry, Bossier and Orleans. The governor shall select one member of the commission to serve as chairman.