Push to end greyhound racing stalls

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Some Florida legislators are making a push again this year to end a requirement that greyhound dog-tracks have on-site races if they want to keep card games and other betting options.

But despite the support of top lawmakers and the wife of Senate President Don Gaetz, the proposal stalled in a Senate committee on Tuesday.

Instead, the panel passed a stripped down bill that requires dog tracks around the state to report all injuries to racing greyhounds.

Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Boca Raton, tried to get the Senate Gaming Committee to vote for the proposal. But she backed off the effort after questions arose over whether it would allow an expansion of gambling.

Other senators on the panel, however, said it was clear there weren’t enough votes to pass the proposal.