There goes ‘Swifty’:


There goes ‘Swifty’: House OK’s no dog racing
at dog tracks

South Florida Racing
Journal| April 26th, 2011

Greyhound
racetrack operators, including Palm Beach Kennel Club, could drop dog racing but
still run more lucrative card rooms under a measure approved 86-31 Tuesday by
the state House.

Fans of
horse-racing, jai-alai and dog-racing have been dwindling for decades in Florida
and across the nation. The legislation (CS/HB 1145) would lift the current state
requirement that dog tracks must run greyhound racing if they’re also going to
run card rooms.

Bill sponsor, Rep.
Dana Young, R-Tampa, said, “Nothing in this bill expands
gambling.”

Critics, though,
didn’t see it that way.

“Maybe this is a
way to fix Florida,” said Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala. “But
this kind of expansion is doing nothing but feeding an
addiction.”

Representatives of
Palm Beach Kennel Club have said it would continue to run live races but they
support lifting the racing requirement because they believe it would clean up
the industry and boost track revenue drawn from simulcast
racing.

Sen. Maria
Sachs
, D-Delray Beach, is sponsoring the Senate version of the bill
(CS/SB 1594), which is still awaiting full approval from that
chamber.

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