No racetrack resting place for auto fans

March 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 30 (UPI) -- A bill that would allow race fans to be laid to rest at two Florida auto racing tracks has been rejected by a state senate committee, officials said.

The measure, which is sponsored by state Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, in the House, would permit a columbaria -- a building housing urns and human remains -- at Daytona international Speedway or Homestead-Miami Speedway, the (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported Tuesday.

Although a House committee approved the bill last week, the state Senate Regulated Industries Committee voted it down 7-4, effectively killing the measure.

"With all due respect, I can't agree with the opening up of private entities for the keeping of ashes," Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, said.

"It just seems sacrilegious to me."

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