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Protest over $125 million Lottery contract ‘dismissed’

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A bid protest filed over a Florida Lottery advertising contract worth $125 million has been “dismissed,” a spokeswoman said Monday. Lottery communications director Connie Barnes, in response to an inquiry from FloridaPolitics.com, said the “dispute has been dismissed.” She did not offer further details, including when and why. Barnes did not immediately respond to a request for more information. “The Lottery is looking forward to finalizing the contract and moving forward with PP+K,” she said, referring to the winning bidder, a Tampa-based advertising agency. St. John & Partners, a…

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Greyhound injury reporting bill again circulates for 2016 Session

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Hollywood state Sen. Eleanor Sobel filed the “Victoria Q. Gaetz Racing Greyhound Protection Act” for the second time in as many years Friday. The bill, whose title honors the animal-loving wife of former Senate President state Sen. Don Gaetz, would mandate that greyhound racetrack operators report all injuries to the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. While many tracks voluntarily report such information, there is currently nothing on the books that require them to, a state of affairs testifiers on the bill’s…

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Senate unanimously passes greyhound injury reporting bill on opening day

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In keeping with the tone set by the Weatherford-Gaetz style of legislative leadership, Senate President Andy Gardiner has seen fit to pass a bill on the first day of Session. SB 2 — or the Vicky Q. Gaetz Racing Greyhound Protection Act, if you will — sponsored by state Sen. Eleanor Sobel of Hollywood was approved by the full Senate Tuesday. “Racing greyhounds are prone to injuries, which can too often lead to horrible pain and premature death,” said Sobel in a statement. “Injury reporting is a…

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