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HB 5133

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A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to racing animal medication research;
3amending s. 550.2415, F.S.; deleting provisions for
4certain moneys to be used for research relating to the
5medication of racing animals; deleting provisions relating
6to the Pharmacokinetic and Clearance Study Agreement by
7and between the Department of Business and Professional
8Regulation Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering and the
9University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine;
10revising provisions for implementation by the division of
11medication levels; providing an effective date.
12
13Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
14
15     Section 1.  Subsections (7) through (17) of section
16550.2415, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
17     550.2415  Racing of animals under certain conditions
18prohibited; penalties; exceptions.--
19     (7)  All moneys recovered for violations of this section
20shall be kept in a separate fund to be deposited into the Pari-
21mutuel Wagering Trust Fund and shall be used for research
22relating to the medication of racing animals. Such recovered
23moneys shall be supervised and used by the division to contract
24with a reputable college or school of veterinary medicine or its
25designee in accordance with this subsection.
26     (7)(8)  Under no circumstances may any medication be
27administered closer than 24 hours prior to the officially
28scheduled post time of a race except as provided for in this
29section.
30     (a)  The division shall adopt rules setting conditions for
31the use of furosemide to treat exercise-induced pulmonary
32hemorrhage.
33     (b)  The division shall adopt rules setting conditions for
34the use of prednisolone sodium succinate, but under no
35circumstances may furosemide or prednisolone sodium succinate be
36administered closer than 4 hours prior to the officially
37scheduled post time for the race.
38     (c)  The division shall adopt rules setting conditions for
39the use of phenylbutazone and synthetic corticosteroids; in no
40case, except as provided in paragraph (b), shall these
41substances be given closer than 24 hours prior to the officially
42scheduled post time of a race. Oral corticosteroids are
43prohibited except when prescribed by a licensed veterinarian and
44reported to the division on forms prescribed by the division.
45     (d)  Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to
46prohibit the use of vitamins, minerals, or naturally occurring
47substances so long as none exceeds the normal physiological
48concentration in a race-day race day specimen.
49     (e)  The division may, by rule, establish acceptable levels
50of permitted medications and shall select the appropriate
51biological specimens by which the administration of permitted
52medication is monitored.
53     (8)(9)(a)  Under no circumstances may any medication be
54administered within 24 hours before the officially scheduled
55post time of the race except as provided in this section.
56     (b)  As an exception to this section, if the division first
57determines that the use of furosemide, phenylbutazone, or
58prednisolone sodium succinate in horses is in the best interest
59of racing, the division may adopt rules allowing such use. Any
60rules allowing the use of furosemide, phenylbutazone, or
61prednisolone sodium succinate in racing must set the conditions
62for such use. Under no circumstances may a rule be adopted which
63allows the administration of furosemide or prednisolone sodium
64succinate within 4 hours before the officially scheduled post
65time for the race. Under no circumstances may a rule be adopted
66which allows the administration of phenylbutazone or any other
67synthetic corticosteroid within 24 hours before the officially
68scheduled post time for the race. Any administration of
69synthetic corticosteroids is limited to parenteral routes. Oral
70administration of synthetic corticosteroids is expressly
71prohibited. If this paragraph is unconstitutional, it is
72severable from the remainder of this section.
73     (c)  The division shall, by rule, establish acceptable
74levels of permitted medications and shall select the appropriate
75biological specimen by which the administration of permitted
76medications is monitored.
77     (9)(10)(a)  The division may conduct a postmortem
78examination of any animal that is injured at a permitted
79racetrack while in training or in competition and that
80subsequently expires or is destroyed. The division may conduct a
81postmortem examination of any animal that expires while housed
82at a permitted racetrack, association compound, or licensed
83kennel or farm. Trainers and owners shall be requested to comply
84with this paragraph as a condition of licensure.
85     (b)  The division may take possession of the animal upon
86death for postmortem examination. The division may submit blood,
87urine, other bodily fluid specimens, or other tissue specimens
88collected during a postmortem examination for testing by the
89division laboratory or its designee. Upon completion of the
90postmortem examination, the carcass must be returned to the
91owner or disposed of at the owner's option.
92     (10)(11)  The presence of a prohibited substance in an
93animal, found by the division laboratory in a bodily fluid
94specimen collected during the postmortem examination of the
95animal, which breaks down during a race constitutes a violation
96of this section.
97     (11)(12)  The cost of postmortem examinations, testing, and
98disposal must be borne by the division.
99     (12)(13)  The division shall adopt rules to implement this
100section. The rules may include a classification system for
101prohibited substances and a corresponding penalty schedule for
102violations.
103     (13)(14)  Except as specifically modified by statute or by
104rules of the division, the Uniform Classification Guidelines for
105Foreign Substances, revised February 14, 1995, as promulgated by
106the Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc., is
107hereby adopted by reference as the uniform classification system
108for class IV and V medications.
109     (14)(15)  The division shall utilize only the thin layer
110chromatography (TLC) screening process to test for the presence
111of class IV and V medications in samples taken from racehorses
112except when thresholds of a class IV or class V medication have
113been established and are enforced by rule. Once a sample has
114been identified as suspicious for a class IV or class V
115medication by the TLC screening process, the sample will be sent
116for confirmation by and through additional testing methods. All
117other medications not classified by rule as a class IV or class
118V agent shall be subject to all forms of testing available to
119the division.
120     (15)(16)  The division may shall implement by rule
121medication levels recommended finalized by the University of
122Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. developed pursuant to
123the Pharmacokinetic and Clearance Study Agreement by and between
124the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
125Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering and the University of Florida
126College of Veterinary Medicine. Research on a drug level is
127finalized when The University of Florida College of Veterinary
128Medicine may provide provides written notification to the
129division that it has completed its research or review on a
130particular drug pursuant to the agreement and when the College
131of Veterinary Medicine has completed provides a final report of
132its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the division.
133     (16)(17)  The testing medium for phenylbutazone in horses
134shall be serum, and the division may collect up to six full 15-
135milliliter blood tubes for each horse being sampled.
136     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.


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