Amendment 13

Dog Racing

Source: Constitution Revision Commission

Quick Summary: Bans wagering on any type of dog racing, notably greyhounds, as of Dec. 31, 2020, while continuing to allow dog tracks to continue offering other types of gambling, including poker rooms.

Full Summary:This amendment would ban wagering on dog racing in Florida. Dog racing – usually greyhounds – is one of several “pari-mutuel” wagering sports in Florida. Others include horse racing and jai-alai. Florida has 12 of the nation’s 18 dog-racing tracks.

Under Amendment 13, dog tracks would be allowed to use their permits to host other pari-mutuel sports. Also, the amendment waives a state requirement that tracks hold greyhound races in order to continue operating poker rooms or slot machines as part of their pari-mutuel licenses (a CRC analysis of this proposal is here).

The amendment requires the Legislature to set criminal and civil penalties for violating the dog-racing ban. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which regulates pari-mutuels, estimated an annual loss of $1 million in tax revenue if voters approve the ban.

If approved, the amendment takes effect immediately but allows greyhound racing to continue until Dec. 31, 2020.

A YES vote on Amendment 13 would:

  • Ban all dog racing in Florida by Dec. 31, 2020, while allowing tracks to continue operating card rooms and slot machines.
  • Result in a loss of about $1 million in taxes and fees.


Grey2K USA; League of Women Voters of Florida

LWVFL Position

Support. This is primarily a gambling issue, and the League has held a consistent position against gambling.

A NO vote on Amendment 13 would:

  • Continue to allow wagering on dog racing in Florida.


Florida Greyhound Association; Florida Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 1911 Orlando, FL 32802-1911

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