Contentious Expedia bill passes Senate panel

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With cases pending in courts around the state and federal officials also looking into the issue, a Senate proposal approved in its first committee stop Monday would insulate Orbitz, Expedia and other online booking companies from paying higher local option tourism taxes, reports Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida.

Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, wants to put a Do-Not

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