Florida Votes to Ban Greyhound Racing

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Published: November 07, 2018
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Florida voters had to make a lot of decisions to make in this past election, with amendments dealing with voter rights, casino gambling and oil drilling. One ballot measure determined the fate of greyhound racing—Amendment 13.

The voters of the Sunshine State decided it was time to phase out this activity. The New York Times reports that 69 percent of Floridians voted to put an end to greyhound racing, with over 7.5 million voters weighing in on the issue.

The constitutional amendment states that greyhound racing will be completely banned in the state of Florida by December 31, 2020.

The Palm Beach Post explains that this does not necessarily mean an end to the tracks themselves. “Tracks, such as the Palm Beach Kennel Club, would not be forced to close, as they would still be able to offer slot machines and poker games.”

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