The Florida Greyhound Association, which represents dog owners and breeders, filed a complaint against the state Thursday in Leon County Circuit Court, arguing that Amendment 13 which ends the requirement that greyhound tracks race dogs to keep their gambling license is misleading. Download FGA v Secretary of State Complaint
“The ballot title and summary do not inform voters that passage of Amendment 13 could subject taxpayers to significant financial liability as a result of the taking and/or loss of property of greyhound owners and greyhound tracks (as was the case when the pregnant pig amendment was passed),” said the group's legal counsel Paul Hawkes, a former First District Court of Appeals judge.
The CRC put the amendment on the ballot with the title "Ends Dog Racing" and with the summary "Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected."
The industry argues that the title is misleading because dog racing could continue, just no dog racing with wagering. Download FGA v State Key Points
Kate MacFall, cp-chair of the Protect Dogs - Yes on 13 Campaign, called the lawsuit "dead on arrival" and predicted it will be dismissed by the court.