By the Committee on Fiscal Policy; and Senators Sobel, Gaetz,
Clemens, Richter, Sachs, and Simmons
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to greyhound racing injuries;
3 providing a short title; creating s. 550.2416, F.S.;
4 requiring injuries to racing greyhounds to be reported
5 on a form adopted by the Division of Pari-mutuel
6 Wagering in the Department of Business and
7 Professional Regulation within a certain timeframe;
8 specifying the information that must be included in
9 the form; requiring the division to maintain the forms
10 as public records for a specified time; specifying
11 disciplinary action that may be taken against a
12 licensee of the department who fails to report an
13 injury or who makes false statements on an injury
14 form; exempting injuries to certain animals from
15 reporting requirements; requiring the division to
16 adopt rules; providing an appropriation; providing an
17 effective date.
19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
21 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Victoria Q. Gaetz
22 Racing Greyhound Protection Act.”
23 Section 2. Section 550.2416, Florida Statutes, is created
24 to read:
25 550.2416 Reporting of racing greyhound injuries.—
26 (1) An injury to a racing greyhound which occurs while the
27 greyhound is located in this state must be reported on a form
28 adopted by the division within 7 days after the date on which
29 the injury occurred or is believed to have occurred.
30 (2) The form shall be completed and signed under oath or
31 affirmation under penalty of perjury by the:
32 (a) Racetrack veterinarian, if the injury occurred at the
33 racetrack facility; or
34 (b) Owner, trainer, or kennel operator who had knowledge of
35 the injury, if the injury occurred at a location other than the
36 racetrack facility, including during transportation.
37 (3) The form must include all of the following:
38 (a) The greyhound’s registered name, right-ear and left-
39 ear tattoo numbers, and, if any, the microchip manufacturer and
41 (b) The name, business address, and telephone number of the
42 greyhound owner, the trainer, and the kennel operator.
43 (c) The color, weight, and sex of the greyhound.
44 (d) The specific type and bodily location of the injury,
45 the cause of the injury, and the estimated recovery time from
46 the injury.
47 (e) If the injury occurred when the greyhound was racing:
48 1. The racetrack where the injury occurred;
49 2. The distance, grade, race, and post position of the
50 greyhound when the injury occurred; and
51 3. The weather conditions, time, and track conditions when
52 the injury occurred.
53 (f) If the injury occurred when the greyhound was not
55 1. The location where the injury occurred; and
56 2. The circumstances surrounding the injury.
57 (g) Other information that the division determines is
58 necessary to identify injuries to racing greyhounds in this
60 (4) An injury form created pursuant to this section shall
61 be maintained as a public record by the division for at least 7
62 years after the date it was received.
63 (5) A licensee of the department who knowingly makes a
64 false statement concerning an injury or fails to report an
65 injury is subject to disciplinary action under this chapter or
66 chapters 455 and 474.
67 (6) This section does not apply to injuries to a service
68 animal, personal pet, or greyhound that has been adopted as a
70 (7) The division shall adopt rules to implement this
72 Section 3. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sums of
73 $57,132 in recurring funds and $5,385 in nonrecurring funds from
74 the Pari-mutuel Wagering Trust Fund are appropriated to the
75 Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering within the Department of
76 Business and Professional Regulation, and one full-time
77 equivalent position with associated salary rate of 34,220 is
78 authorized for the purpose of implementing this act.
79 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.
Florida Senate - 2015 SB 262
By Senator Smith
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to racing animals; providing a short
3 title; amending s. 550.2415, F.S.; revising the
4 prohibition on the use of medication or drugs on
5 animals; revising the penalties for such use;
6 prohibiting the Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering
7 within the Department of Business and Professional
8 Regulation from granting a license or permit to
9 applicants with a prior conviction of animal cruelty;
10 requiring the division to immediately revoke a license
11 or permit of a person found guilty of animal cruelty
12 subsequent to obtaining the license or permit;
13 prohibiting the division from granting a license or
14 permit to applicants with a prior conviction of
15 aggravated assault or battery or child abuse; revising
16 procedures for testing animals for medication or
17 drugs; requiring certain laboratories to participate
18 in a quality assurance program; requiring the
19 administrator of such program to report results and
20 findings; requiring the division to maintain records
21 of greyhounds injured while racing; providing for the
22 content of such records; establishing a fine for
23 making false statements on injury records; requiring
24 the division to adopt rules; providing an effective
27 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
29 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Greyhound Safety
31 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) and subsections
32 (3) through (5) of section 550.2415, Florida Statutes, are
33 amended, and paragraphs (f), (g), and (h) are added to
34 subsection (6) of that section, to read:
35 550.2415 Racing of animals under certain conditions
36 prohibited; penalties; exceptions.—
37 (1)(a) The racing of an animal that has been impermissibly
38 medicated or drugged with any drug, medication, stimulant,
39 depressant, hypnotic, narcotic, local anesthetic, or drug
40 masking agent is prohibited. It is a violation of this section
41 for a person to impermissibly medicate or drug an animal
42 resulting administer or cause to be administered any drug,
43 medication, stimulant, depressant, hypnotic, narcotic, local
44 anesthetic, or drug-masking agent to an animal which will result
45 in a positive test for a prohibited such substance based on
46 samples taken from the animal immediately prior to or
47 immediately after the racing of that animal. Test results and
48 the identities of the animals being tested and of their trainers
49 and owners of record are confidential and exempt from s.
50 119.07(1) and from s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution
51 for 10 days after testing of all samples collected on a
52 particular day has been completed and any positive test results
53 derived from such samples have been reported to the director of
54 the division or administrative action has been commenced.
55 (3)(a) Upon the finding of a violation of this section, the
56 division may revoke or suspend the license or permit of the
57 violator or deny a license or permit to the violator; impose a
58 fine against the violator in an amount not exceeding the purse
59 or sweepstakes earned by the animal in the race at issue or
60 $10,000, whichever is greater $5,000; require the full or
61 partial return of the purse, sweepstakes, and trophy of the race
62 at issue; or impose against the violator any combination of such
63 penalties. The finding of a violation of this section does not
64 prohibit in no way prohibits a prosecution for criminal acts
66 (b) The division, notwithstanding the provisions of chapter
67 120, may summarily suspend the license of an occupational
68 licensee responsible under this section or division rule for the
69 condition of a race animal if the division laboratory reports
70 the presence of a prohibited an impermissible substance in the
71 animal or its blood, urine, saliva, or any other bodily fluid,
72 either before a race in which the animal is entered or after a
73 race the animal has run.
74 (c) The division may not grant a license or permit to an
75 applicant who has been convicted of animal cruelty pursuant to
76 s. 828.12 and shall immediately revoke a license or permit of a
77 person found guilty of violating s. 828.12 subsequent to
78 obtaining a license or permit under this chapter.
79 (d) The division may not grant a license or permit to an
80 applicant who has been convicted of a felony for aggravated
81 assault or battery pursuant to chapter 784 or a felony for the
82 abuse of a child pursuant to chapter 827.
83 (e)(c) If an occupational licensee is summarily suspended
84 under this section, the division shall offer the licensee a
85 prompt postsuspension hearing within 72 hours, at which the
86 division shall produce the laboratory report and documentation
87 which, on its face, establishes the responsibility of the
88 occupational licensee. Upon production of the documentation, the
89 occupational licensee has the burden of proving his or her lack
90 of responsibility.
91 (f)(d) Any proceeding for administrative action against a
92 licensee or permittee, other than a proceeding under paragraph
93 (e)(c), shall be conducted in compliance with chapter 120.
94 (4) A prosecution pursuant to this section for a violation
95 of this section must be commenced within 180 days 2 years after
96 the violation was committed. Service of an administrative
97 complaint marks the commencement of administrative action.
98 (5) The division shall implement a split-sample procedure
99 for testing animals under this section. Using the split-sample
100 procedure, the division shall split each urine and blood sample
101 into a primary sample and a secondary (split) sample upon
102 collection. The division shall transfer custody of the primary
103 sample to the division laboratory and shall retain custody of
104 the split sample, except as provided in this subsection.
105 (a) Upon finding a positive drug test result, The division
106 department shall notify the owner or trainer, the stewards, and
107 the appropriate horsemen’s association of all drug test the
108 results. If a drug test result is positive The owner may request
109 that each urine and blood sample be split into a primary sample
110 and a secondary (split) sample. Such splitting must be
111 accomplished in the laboratory under rules approved by the
112 division. Custody of both samples must remain with the division.
113 However, and upon request by the affected trainer or owner of
114 the animal from which the sample was obtained, the division
115 shall send the split sample to an approved independent
116 laboratory for analysis. The division shall establish standards
117 and rules for uniform enforcement and shall maintain a list of
118 at least five approved independent laboratories for an owner or
119 trainer to select from in the event of a positive test result
121 (b) If the division state laboratory’s findings are not
122 confirmed by the independent laboratory, no further
123 administrative or disciplinary action under this section may be
124 pursued. The division may adopt rules identifying substances
125 that diminish in a blood or urine sample due to passage of time
126 and that must be taken into account in applying this section.
127 (c) If the independent laboratory confirms the division
128 state laboratory’s positive result, or if there is an
129 insufficient quantity of the secondary (split) sample for
130 confirmation of the state laboratory’s positive result, the
131 division may commence administrative proceedings as prescribed
132 in this chapter and consistent with chapter 120. For purposes of
133 this subsection, the department shall in good faith attempt to
134 obtain a sufficient quantity of the test fluid to allow both a
135 primary test and a secondary test to be made. If there is an
136 insufficient quantity of the split sample for confirmation of
137 the division laboratory’s positive result, the division may not
138 take further administrative or disciplinary action against the
139 owner or trainer, and any license suspension as a consequence of
140 the positive result must be immediately lifted.
141 (d) The division shall require its laboratory and the
142 independent laboratories to annually participate in an
143 externally administered quality assurance program designed to
144 assess testing proficiency and accuracy in the detection and
145 appropriate quantification of medications, drugs, and naturally
146 occurring substances that may be administered to racing animals.
147 The administrator of the quality assurance program shall report
148 its results and findings to the division.
150 (f)1. The division shall maintain records of injuries that
151 a greyhound sustains while racing at a greyhound track in this
152 state, including injuries incurred during a schooling race. The
153 record must include all of the following:
154 a. The greyhound’s registered name, right-ear and left-ear
155 tattoo numbers, and, if any, the microchip manufacturer and
157 b. The name, business address, and telephone number of the
158 greyhound owner, the trainer, and the kennel operator.
159 c. The color, weight, and sex of the greyhound.
160 d. The location where the injury occurred.
161 e. If the injury occurred during a race, the racetrack
162 where the injury occurred, the condition of the racetrack, and
163 the distance, the grade, the race, and the post position of the
164 greyhound when the injury occurred.
165 f. The time and weather conditions at the facility when the
166 injury occurred.
167 g. The specific type and bodily location of the injury, the
168 cause of the injury, and the estimated recovery time from the
170 2. An injury record shall be completed and signed under
171 oath or affirmation under penalty of perjury by the racetrack
172 veterinarian, whose signature must be witnessed by a designated
173 representative of the division.
174 3. The division shall maintain an injury record for 7 years
175 after the injury occurred, and such records shall be made
176 readily available during this time to the public upon oral or
177 written request to the division.
178 4. A person who knowingly makes a false statement on an
179 injury record is subject to a fine of up to $1,500. A subsequent
180 violation of this subparagraph results in a fine of at least
182 (g) A dogracing permitholder operating in this state must:
183 1. Maintain its facility in a manner that provides for the
184 safety of racing greyhounds;
185 2. Maintain a safe racetrack surface at all times pursuant
186 to the safety standards adopted by the division;
187 3. Install a safety device to remove the lure from the
188 racetrack surface; and
189 4. Insulate all exposed electrical wires on the racetrack
190 surface or anywhere at the facility where a racing greyhound may
191 come into contact with electrical wires.
192 (h) The division shall adopt by rule safety standards
193 relating to racetrack surfaces.
194 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.