Full Statute Name:  Prohibition on racing of and wagering on greyhounds or other dogs.

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Primary Citation:  Amendment 13 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  October, 2018 Date Adopted:  2018
Summary: A proposed revision relating to ending dog racing; creating new sections in Article X and Article XII of the State Constitution to prohibit the racing of, and wagering on, greyhounds and other dogs after a specified date.
Documents:  PDF icon FL Amendment 13 Dog Racing.pdf (156.98 KB)

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A new section is added to Article X of the State Constitution to read:

ARTICLE X

MISCELLANEOUS

Prohibition on racing of and wagering on greyhounds or other dogs. - The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. After December 31, 2020, a person authorized to conduct gaming or pari-mutuel operations may not race greyhounds or any member of the Canis Familiaris subspecies in connection with any wager for money or any other thing of value in this state, and persons in this state may not wager money or any other thing of value on the outcome of a live dog race occurring in this state. The failure to conduct greyhound racing or wagering on greyhound racing after December 31, 2018, does not constitute grounds to revoke or deny renewal of other related gaming licenses held by a person who is a licensed greyhound permitholder on January 1, 2018, and does not affect the eligibility of such permitholder, or such permitholder’s facility, to conduct other pari-mutuel activities authorized by general law. By general law, the legislature shall specify civil or criminal penalties for violations of this section and for activities that aid or abet violations of this section.

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