Sen. Brandes, Rep. Grant file bill to abolish Hillsborough Transportation Commission

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What an uber-ly smart piece of legislation…

Representative James Grant and Senator Jeff Brandes have submitted legislation that will repeal the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission (PTC). The Tampa Bay lawmakers say they want to give Hillsborough County taxpayers a greater role in the future of transportation. The filing of this legislation formalizes the effort by Brandes nd Grant to “eliminate arbitrary and protectionist policies that thwart innovation in the region.” 

The PTC is an Independent Special District that was created by the State Legislature in 1976 to regulate ambulances, limousines and taxicabs. Should the bill pass both chambers of the Legislature and receive approval by the Governor, a majority of Hillsborough voters must approve the dissolution of the PTC by referendum. The bill must first win approval by the local legislative delegation when it meets in December.

“The Public Transportation Commission has evolved from an agency designed to preserve public safety into an agency that is preventing competition in the market and restricting consumer choice,” Rep. Grant stated. “Senator Brandes and I agree that it’s time the taxpayers have a say in the matter and this referendum will give them exactly that.”

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