Governor Kate Brown has signed SB 1504, making Oregon the 42nd state to ban dog racing. This groundbreaking legislation also limits internet wagering on greyhounds.
There are no operational greyhound tracks in Oregon. Racing began in Oregon in 1933, when the legislature passed a bill making the state the second in the nation to authorize pari-mutuel wagering on dogs.1 Racing was held on a seasonal basis, and in 2003, GREY2K USA led a coalition to prevent the expansion of racing to a year-round activity.2 Magna Entertainment, the company that had operated Multnomah Greyhound Park since 2001, announced that it would allow its lease to expire and held its last race on Christmas Eve 2004.3 In March 2022, GREY2K USA's bill to prohibit dog racing was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown. SB 1504 was championed by Senate President Peter Courtney and also restricts internet wagering on greyhounds.