Judge knocks greyhound racing ban off the November ballot

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A circuit judge has knocked a measure off the fall ballot that would give voters a chance to ban greyhound racing in Florida

Groups working to end dog racing say it is a cruel sport and they are vowing to appeal the ruling to try to keep the Constitutional amendment before voters this fall.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled Wednesday that the proposed dog track Constitutional Amendment (Amendment 13) is “misleading and inaccurate and incomplete, while adding up to a ‘hide the ball,’ ‘fly a false flag’ and outright ‘trickeration,’” according to the Associated Press.

The amendment to ban dog tracks was placed on the ballot by the Constitutional Revision Commission, which meets every 20 years.

Florida is one of 10 states where betting on live dog racing is still legal. According to supporters of the ban, a greyhound dog dies on a Florida racetrack every three days. People opposed to dog racing have tried to get the Legislature to ban it, but have been unable to get lawmakers to act.

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

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