Florida Senate - 2015 SB 2 By Senator Sobel 33-00349B-15 20152__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to greyhound racing injuries; 3 providing a short title; creating s. 550.2416, F.S.; 4 requiring injuries to racing greyhounds to be reported 5 on a form adopted by the Division of Pari-mutuel 6 Wagering in the Department of Business and 7 Professional Regulation within a certain timeframe; 8 specifying the information that must be included in 9 the form; requiring the division to maintain the forms 10 as public records; specifying disciplinary action that 11 may be taken against a licensee of the department who 12 fails to report an injury or who makes false 13 statements on an injury form; exempting injuries to 14 certain animals from reporting requirements; requiring 15 the division to adopt rules; providing an effective 16 date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Victoria Q. Gaetz 21 Racing Greyhound Protection Act.” 22 Section 2. Section 550.2416, Florida Statutes, is created 23 to read: 24 550.2416 Reporting of racing greyhound injuries.— 25 (1) An injury to a racing greyhound which occurs while the 26 greyhound is located in this state must be reported on a form 27 adopted by the division within 7 days after the date the injury 28 occurred or is believed to have occurred. 29 (2) The form shall be completed and signed under oath or 30 affirmation under penalty of perjury by the: 31 (a) Racetrack veterinarian, if the injury occurred at the 32 racetrack facility; or 33 (b) Owner, trainer, or kennel operator who had knowledge of 34 the injury, if the injury occurred at a location other than the 35 racetrack, including during transportation. 36 (3) The form must include all of the following: 37 (a) The greyhound’s registered name, right-ear and left- 38 ear tattoo numbers, and, if any, the microchip manufacturer and 39 number. 40 (b) The name, business address, and telephone number of the 41 greyhound owner, the trainer, and the kennel operator. 42 (c) The color, weight, and sex of the greyhound. 43 (d) The specific type and bodily location of the injury, 44 the cause of the injury, and the estimated recovery time from 45 the injury. 46 (e) If the injury occurred while the greyhound was racing: 47 1. The racetrack where the injury occurred; 48 2. The distance, grade, race, and post position of the 49 greyhound when the injury occurred; and 50 3. The weather conditions, time, and track conditions when 51 the injury occurred. 52 (f) If the injury occurred when the greyhound was not 53 racing: 54 1. The location where the injury occurred; and 55 2. The circumstances surrounding the injury. 56 (g) Other information that the division determines is 57 necessary to identify injuries to racing greyhounds in this 58 state. 59 (4) An injury form created pursuant to this section shall 60 be maintained as a public record by the division for 7 years 61 from the date it was received. 62 (5) A licensee of the department who knowingly makes a 63 false statement concerning an injury or fails to report an 64 injury is subject to disciplinary action under this chapter or 65 chapters 455 and 474. 66 (6) This section does not apply to injuries to a service 67 animal, personal pet, or greyhound that has been adopted as a 68 pet. 69 (7) The division shall adopt rules to implement this 70 section. 71 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.