By: Associated Press
April 20, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House has passed a bill that would ban injecting racing greyhounds with anabolic steroids.
The bill (HB 743) was approved by an 84-32 vote on Thursday. Its next stop will be to the Senate.
Florida is home to 12 of 19 tracks in the United States and one of the few places where the use of steroids is permitted. It's banned in Great Britain and Australia, where the sport remains popular.
Supporters of the bill say the use of steroids keeps female greyhounds from going into heat and losing racing days. Representatives from Florida's Greyhound industry argue steroids don't enhance performance.
The bill's passage comes as the Legislature considers gambling legislation that would decouple dog tracks from running a required number of days in order to operate poker rooms and slots.