[Tallahassee, FL] Greyhound-racing opponents renewed efforts Tuesday to eliminate a requirement that tracks offer live dog racing, a potentially major change in an industry that has operated in Florida since the 1930s.
State Sen. Maria Sachs (D-30/Delray Beach) and State Rep. Dana Young (R-57/Tampa) held a news conference to build support for SB 382 and HB 641. They said the House and Senate approved similar proposals last year but could not reach agreement on a final bill.
Under the bills, tracks could continue to offer other types of gambling, such as cardrooms, without a requirement that they run a minimum amount of greyhound races.
“We need to remove these mandates,” Young said. “We need to stop propping up the greyhound-racing industry.”
But Jack Cory, a lobbyist for the Florida Greyhound Association, which represents greyhound breeders and owners, said the proposal would kill jobs in the industry.
“It’s a jobs issue,” Cory said. “It’s got nothing to do with anything else.”
By: The News Service of Florida
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