Florida Legislature: Preview of Day 46

HouseFlorida House of Representatives

The House Economic Expansion & Infrastructure Council will hear HB 323 by Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, which would provide money to Miami-Dade County to help build a new baseball stadium for the Marlins. Michael Hussey at the Pushing Rope blog will be happy to know that Senate Majority Leader Dan Webster has said that the issue is pretty much dead this year. (Michael and I disagree with public support for stadiums.) As reported by the Palm Beach Post‘s Q blog:

[Sen. Webster] noted that the Marlins’ supporters latest proposal — a one-time, $100 million payment to be shared by the venues hosting the Marlins, the Orlando Magic basketball team and the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team — was taken up but then postponed in a Senate committee this week.

“I don’t expect it’ll be back up,” Webster said. He said the total dollar figure would have been a tough sell in a tight budget year.

The Policy & Budget Council will debate two proposed committee bills pertaining to property tax reform. PCB PBC 07-09 proposes an Amendment to the Florida Constitution to allow portability for the homestead exemption. PCB PBC 07-10 calls for a special election on November 6, 2007 to consider any amendment for property tax reform.

SenateFlorida Senate

The Senate technically has their tax reform package on third reading, but they amended the House versions and sent them back to the House to concur (or failing to concur to appoint a conference committee). The House, of course, did not concur and appointed a conference committee.

Among the bills on Special Order Calendar are SB 506 by Sen. Mike Fasano, which creates the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority, SB 426 by Sen. Burt Saunder, which prohibits cover bands from inferring a relationship with another band, and SB 1638 by Sen. Lee Constantine, which would prohibit gift cards or gift certificates sold in Florida from charging fees or having an expiration date.

Friday is STOP Day in Florida, a day of awareness of importance of stopping violence in schools.

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