Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.
As promised, state gambling regulators have again rewritten an emergency rule governing the drug testing of racing greyhounds.
That’s even as dog racing’s time is short: Voters last month OK’d a constitutional amendment banning betting on live dog racing that becomes effective on the first day of 2021.
Meantime, “there are over 150 performances scheduled in the month of December, over 300 performances scheduled in January, and over 300 performances scheduled in February,” says the rule-making notice from the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
In Florida, live dog racing is still conducted at 11 tracks: “In other words, hundreds of racing greyhounds will be racing in the near future.”
The latest language adds “sealing and labeling” and chain of custody standards that were lacking in a previous rule that was largely struck down by Administrative Law Judge E. Gary Early.
A cocaine-in-dogs controversy came to light in Jacksonville in the summer of 2017. That in part spurred the amendment for the 2018 ballot to effectively ban greyhound racing in the state.
“Shocking: Some of the people advising ” via Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics contributed to his campaign!
“Richard Corcoran unanimously appointed Commissioner of Education” via Emily Mahoney of the Tampa Bay Times
“Critics want DeSantis to kick off 2 members of education advisory committee” via Diane Rado of the Florida Phoenix
“Gwen Graham on loss: ‘It’s painful.’ Yet, she ponders wide-open political future” via Dara Kam of the News Service of Florida
“Nikki Fried wants pardon for Groveland 4” via The Associated Press
“Jackie Toledo bill would make ‘distracted driving’ a primary offense” via Janelle Irwin of Florida Politics
“Aging advocates sue Florida over Medicaid waitlists” via Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics
“State may publish more data on heart surgery deaths” via Nel Bedi and Kathleen McGrory of the Tampa Bay Times
“A tribute to T.K. Wetherell” via Lucy Morgan for the Florida Phoenix
Quote of the Day
“With all due respect, Mr. Corcoran has no professional background in education beyond his intentional efforts to privatize our state’s public education system.” — Orlando Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani, on Richard Corcoran as state Education Commissioner.
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State analysts are slated to revise estimates of general-revenue taxes, which play a key role in funding Florida’s schools, health care programs and prison system. That’s at 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.
The Pinellas County legislative delegation will meet as it prepares for the 2019 session. That’s at 9 a.m., St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. North, Seminole.
The Broward County legislative delegation will hold a public hearing and consider local bills. That’s at 9:30 a.m., City of Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise.
Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy will meet in Hillsborough County. The committee is chaired by former House Speaker Will Weatherford. That’s at 1 p.m., University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, 124 South Franklin St., Tampa. A conference call number will be provided at www.DeSantisTransition.com.
The Clay County legislative delegation will meet. That’s at 4 p.m., Clay County Commission chamber, 477 Houston St., Green Cove Springs.
The Okaloosa County legislative delegation will meet. That’s at 5:30 p.m., Northwest Florida State College, Room SSC 302, 100 College Blvd., Niceville.