The Florida Democratic Party sent the following public records request (scroll down) to Governor Rick Scott’s Chief of Staff Adam Hollingsworth today.
Here’s the back story:
After the House’s passage Wednesday of a three year exemption on the sales tax manufacturers pay for equipment purchases, a priority for Gov. Rick Scott, questions immediately emerged about its constitutionality.
In short, the constitution says legislation impacting local governments, which the tax cut does, needs a two-thirds vote in both chambers. The economic development bill carrying the tax cut language (SB 7007) did not pass the House by that margin.
House Speaker Will Weatherford says the bill did not need to pass the two-thirds threshold. Democrats disagree and have promised a court challenge.
When asked Thursday by reporters about the issue, Scott ignored questions.
Material from the Florida Times-Union was used in this post.