A new bill filed by state Rep. Linda Stewart Thursday could put a wedge between mass-transit advocates and airport users.
As a plan to raise money for public transportation, the Orlando Democrat is asking lawmakers to consider HB 13, allowing counties to let voters decide on a $3-per-day fee on rental cars.
The fee would apply for the first 30 days of the rental period, and only for rentals carrying fewer than nine passengers.
Stewart, a former Orange County Commissioner, is a well-known backer of SunRail commuter-rail, the system currently under construction that will link Poinciana to downtown Orlando.
In the 2013 legislative session, Stewart filed a similar proposal (HB117). But in the GOP-controlled House, with several members adverse to raising or adding new taxes, the bill died in committee.