Greyhound injury bill on legislature’s early agenda

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During the first week of the 2015 legislative session, the Florida Senate expects to take up the issue of greyhound injuries, as Democratic state Rep. Jared Moskowitz of Coral Springs filed a bill on Thursday to mandate reporting requirements for injuries to racing greyhounds.

The bill (HB 129) is identical to SB 2, filed by Hollywood Democratic state Sen. Eleanor Sobel.

The name of each bill is the “Victoria Q. Gaetz Racing Greyhound Protection Act,” in honor of animal-rights supporter Vicky Gaetz, wife of Niceville Republican state Sen. Don Gaetz.

Republican Senate President Andy Gardiner said Wednesday that the upper chamber would likely approve the bill in the first week of the session starting March 3.

Among other things, the bill requires reporting greyhound injuries within seven days and listing the information needed for submission.

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