A bill that would do away with the requirement for dog tracks to run live races if they want to operate card rooms was filed again Monday.
The measure (HB 641) came close to passing last legislative session, passing both the House and Senate. But both chambers never agreed on identical language. Dog lovers and greyhound race tracks support the idea, while breeders and some greyhound dog owners opposed it.
Other opponents also thought it would just lead to most greyhound race tracks becoming full-fledged casinos, rather than race tracks that also have card games or in some cases, slot machines.
This year, any bill related to gambling is expected to get tangled up in the debate over a proposal to allow up to three massive luxury casinos in South Florida.
Last year as this bill was making its way through the system, Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, which operates live events at the Orange Park Kennel Club and satellite wagering at The Best Bet, a former track on Racetrack Road in St. Johns County, said they would keep dog racing regardless of any changes to the law.