Florida Senate - 2011                                    SB 1870
       By Senator Smith
       29-00300A-11                                          20111870__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to live racing of animals; providing
    3         that a referendum or ordinance that requires certain
    4         businesses to conduct live racing as a prerequisite
    5         for conducting any other commercial enterprise is
    6         enforceable; providing a definition; providing an
    7         effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Any existing mandate that was approved by the
   12  voters of any entity as defined in s. 165.031, Florida Statutes,
   13  to conduct live racing of domestic animals as a prerequisite for
   14  any other commercial enterprise of such business may be
   15  enforced. Any existing mandate that was approved by referendum
   16  of the voters shall be deemed to be public policy. For the
   17  purpose of this section, the term “domestic animal” shall mean
   18  any dog, cat, rabbit, or other domesticated animal weighing less
   19  than 150 pounds and commonly used as a pet. Any change to any
   20  provisions of an entity operating under chapter 550, Florida
   21  Statutes, which was approved by a super majority vote of the
   22  governing body shall void all permits issued under chapter 550,
   23  Florida Statutes, which were approved by referendum of the
   24  voters, as defined in s. 165.031, Florida Statutes.
   25         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.