outh Florida legislators are pushing to end a requirement which says greyhound dog-tracks must have on-site races if they want to keep card and betting games.
Several lawmakers, on Wednesday, joined with animal-rights groups and two rescue dogs at a Capitol news conference calling for changes in the state’s decades-old greyhound racing industry—a sport that has seen waning popularity in recent year.
A divided Senate panel on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to let greyhound tracks keep their licenses without having to offer live racing, opening the door for them to become card rooms or other types of gambling venues.
A pair of state legislators are trying to drum up support for their bills which would eliminate the requirement that dog tracks off live racing.
Among the scores of bills that died Friday at the end of Florida’s legislative session was House Bill 1145 – a measure that would have hastened the demise of greyhound racing in Florida.
The bill that could spell the end of greyhound racing in the Sunshine State cleared the Senate Friday but an amendment is sending it right back to the House.
Animal lovers who want to see an end to dog racing in Florida are a step closer to the goal with passage Tuesday in the House Finance and Tax Committee of a bill that would let dog tracks keep poker rooms, but not have to run the dogs.