Breaking News – Florida bill to uncouple greyhound racing from state protection takes another step forward
The news on Florida greyhound racing is coming in at an increased pace. An article posted today on Bradenton.com reports the bill to end the requirement for casinos to hold greyhound races advanced out of the House Business and Consumer Affairs Committee on Tuesday.
The bill had previously progress in the Florida Senate.
Bradenton.com quotes Rep. Dana Young, a Tampa Republican who is sponsoring the measure, as saying – “For us to create a false market for the dog breeding product at the expense of taxpayers simply makes no sense.”
Young is referring to the decline in greyhound racing the subsequent 96 percent decline in tax revenues from the industry since 1990. She is also quoted with this important statement – “” We are reaching a point where it may cost more for [the Department of Business and Professional Regulation] to regulate this industry than the state collects in taxes from these industries. “”
A few tracks might remain open – at least for awhile. But again, this is a great step in the right direction, if the Florida legislature completes this process.