Senator Sachs’ Greyhound Bill Races through Committee

Senator Sachs presents her Greyhound Racing Bill to the Regulated Industries Committee

Senator Maria Sachs successfully passed her greyhound racing bill (SB 1594) through the Regulated Industries Committee yesterday.

Though once popular, greyhound racing has seen a steady decline in popularity over the past 20 years, with the amount gambled on live dog racing declining by 57% in the last 8 years. Despite this trend, the number of dog races mandated by the state has remained constant.  Senator Sachs’ proposed bill would end the requirement to hold a full schedule of live races and would instead allow market demand to shape the greyhound racing industry.

“It is not the place of government to mandate that businesses operate at a loss,” said Senator Sachs. “Instead, it is time that we move forward and free our taxpayers from subsidizing a dying industry.”

Racetracks which have seen their revenues fall are still required to run live dog races at a loss.  This contributes to shrinking resources to take care of the dogs.  Tragically, this has led to recent instances of animal neglect and even death. By removing the requirement to race greyhounds, the bill will ensure that only those with the interest and ability to properly care for their dogs continue to run live races.

“In these troubling economic times, we must remember that not only can businesses suffer but also the noble greyhounds that have given so much to this industry,” concluded Sachs.

Senator Sachs’ Purple Heart Day Bill Receives Unanimous Support

Senator Maria Sachs’ Purple Heart Day Bill (SB704) passed the Military Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee today with full support.  The proposed legislation would make August 7 of each year “Purple Heart Day” in Florida.  Military veterans throughout Florida will be honored as the state commemorates their heroism on this special day.

“It is time Florida join other states around the nation in recognizing these selfless men and women,” said Senator Sachs. “The commemoration of this day will encourage each of us to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s ideals.”

Senator Sachs’ father, Russell F. Lorts, served in World War II and was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries suffered during combat in North Africa and Italy.  The Purple Heart is the oldest award that is still given to members of the U.S. military and was first awarded by General George Washington on August, 7, 1782.

The bill has two more committees to pass before reaching the Senate floor for a final vote.  Senator Sachs welcomes anyone who has received a Purple Heart to contact her office for special recognition.

Update: Senator Sachs’ Child Safety Legislation

Senator Maria Sachs’ child safety legislation (SB 1140) passed unanimously through the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee this week.  The proposed bill, otherwise known as the Haile Brockington Act, is in response to a disturbing increase in the number of children forgotten in vehicles and would require that child safety alarms be installed in all commercial daycare vehicles.

Senator Sachs presents the Haile Brockington Act to the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee