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  • As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders

    As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders
    Every three days, a greyhound dies at a Florida dog track, but House Speaker Will Weatherford doesn't want to know about it. He appears content to keep the blinders on.
  • Lobbying: connections, appearances & results

    Lobbying: connections, appearances & results
    Ask one thing about lobbying in Florida, and several more questions come up. At issue now – click on the link in the right hand column – is proposed legislation in Tallahassee. It would ban county elected officials and municipal officials...

    The Sun Sentinel's Take: 'De-coupling' bill needed to help greyhounds

    It was an admitted heavy lift. Fix Florida's outdated gambling regulations, open the door for new mega-casinos in South Florida, and possibly give existing pari-mutuels a bigger tax break and more games so they can better compete with the Seminole Tribe...

    Law would require Florida dog tracks to report injuries

    Law would require Florida dog tracks to report injuries
    Florida, one of only seven states in the nation to allow greyhound racing, is pushing to hold tracks more accountable for the sport's impact on the dogs. A state Senate panel approved a bill Tuesday to require reporting of greyhound racing injuries, a...

    Lawmakers seek to draw medical tourists to Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida lawmakers have a new vision for the tourism industry. Forget Mickey Mouse and the beaches. Their goal is to make Florida an international destination for people seeking top-notch medical care. Proposals in the state House and...