Jeff Brandes continues to chip away at the “obstructionist” Hillsborough PTC

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes is continuing his effort to chip away at the authority of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, reports Mike Salerno in

Brandes, the Republican representing Hillsborough and southern Pinellas Counties, has filed amended bills that seek to limit the ability of county governments to set rules and minimum fares for limousine services.

The amendments, according to Salerno, are aimed primarily at Hillsborough’s Public Transportation Commission. Along with the Miami-Dade County Commission, the two governing bodies are obstructions to luxury car on-demand service Uber from expanding in Florida, according to Brandes.

One amendment is included in what is largely an agriculture bill. The Senate Transportation Committee will hear the other amendment on Wednesday.

Brandes, together with Rep. James Grant, filed companion bills to take limousine regulation from the control of local governments and put it under the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

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