Published: Jan 24, 2013 6:05 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An appellate court says a Florida law that would have let two jai alai operators convert their pari-mutuel licenses to dog racing is unconstitutional.
A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court unanimously ruled on Thursday in Tallahassee that the measure is a special rather than general law because it affects only two counties - Volusia and Palm Beach.
The Florida Constitution requires the Legislature to give advance notice of its intent to pass a special law or require voter approval in the affected areas.
Lawmakers did neither.
The stricken law would have let West Volusia Racing Inc., formerly known as Volusia Jai Alai Inc., and License Acquisitions LLC, doing business as Palm Beach Greyhound Racing, convert their permits. Neither has conducted jai alai games for at least 10 years.

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