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Proposed Amendment to the Florida Constitution to End Dog Racing

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                                                             20176012er
    1                                                                   
    2                             REVISION 8                            
    3   A proposal to revise the State Constitution by the Constitution 
    4                   Revision Commission of Florida.                 
    5  
    6         A proposed revision relating to ending dog racing;
    7         creating new sections in Article X and Article XII of
    8         the State Constitution to prohibit the racing of, and
    9         wagering on, greyhounds and other dogs after a
   10         specified date.
   11          
   12  Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of
   13  Florida:
   14  
   15         A new section is added to Article X of the State
   16  Constitution to read:
   17                              ARTICLE X                            
   18                            MISCELLANEOUS                          
   19         Prohibition on racing of and wagering on greyhounds or
   20  other dogs.-The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental
   21  value of the people of the State of Florida. After December 31,
   22  2020, a person authorized to conduct gaming or pari-mutuel
   23  operations may not race greyhounds or any member of the Canis
   24  Familiaris subspecies in connection with any wager for money or
   25  any other thing of value in this state, and persons in this
   26  state may not wager money or any other thing of value on the
   27  outcome of a live dog race occurring in this state. The failure
   28  to conduct greyhound racing or wagering on greyhound racing
   29  after December 31, 2018, does not constitute grounds to revoke
   30  or deny renewal of other related gaming licenses held by a
   31  person who is a licensed greyhound permitholder on January 1,
   32  2018, and does not affect the eligibility of such permitholder,
   33  or such permitholder’s facility, to conduct other pari-mutuel
   34  activities authorized by general law. By general law, the
   35  legislature shall specify civil or criminal penalties for
   36  violations of this section and for activities that aid or abet
   37  violations of this section.
   38  
   39         A new section is added to Article XII of the State
   40  Constitution to read:
   41                             ARTICLE XII                           
   42                              SCHEDULE                             
   43         Prohibition on racing of or wagering on greyhounds or other
   44  dogs.-The amendment to Article X, which prohibits the racing of
   45  or wagering on greyhound and other dogs, and the creation of
   46  this section, shall take effect upon the approval of the
   47  electors.
   48  
   49         BE IT FURTHER PROPOSED that the following statement be
   50  placed on the ballot:
   51  
   52                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT                     
   53                       ARTICLE X, NEW SECTION                      
   54                      ARTICLE XII, NEW SECTION                     
   55         ENDS DOG RACING.—Phases out commercial dog racing in
   56  connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are
   57  not affected.

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