The House has only one meeting scheduled for today: the Policy & Budget Council. Among the long agenda are:
HB 215 by Rep. Marti Coley – the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday;
HB 261† by Rep. Carols Lopez-Cantera – which alters the method for determining the just value of real property; and
HB 1079 by Rep. Trey Traviesa – which would allow Hillsborough County to receive up to $2 million more over 30 years for the maintenance and repair of the county-owned St. Pete Times Forum (the county already gets $2 million per year to pay some of the debt from the construction, the first $2M and this next $2M comes from the sales taxes collected at the Forum);
† The current version of HB 261 is actually rather interesting. First, it says that when the value of a property should be based on (among a few other factors) the highest and best use that is attainable under current local ordinances and without zoning changes. It also clarifies what is meant by the “current condition” of the property. Second, the bill requires for rental properties and commercial property leased to more than one business, the income of the property is used for its taxable value.
The Senate has a number of meetings scheduled today, the first Friday the Senate has worked during the 2007 Legislative Session.
Among the bills on various agendas are: SB 506 by Sen. Mike Fasano, the Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, in the Senate Transportation & Economic Development Appropriatons Committee; and SB 216 by Sen. Steven Geller, allowing high stakes poker tournaments twice per year at pari-mutuel cardrooms, in the Senate Finance & Tax Committee.
The Senate will also meet in a session this afternoon. SJR 388 by Sen. Frederica Wilson, which would propose to reinstate the elected education commissioner, is on 3rd reading for final passage. SB 728 by Sen. Mike Fasano is on 2nd reading, and adds Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to the definition of “wartime service” for veterans to receive official benefits under Florida law.