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Cities, counties say bill would stick them with costs for moving roadside utilities

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A Senate bill that shifts from utilities to local government the cost of moving power lines and other utilities in easements for roadway expansions passed a Senate committee on Monday despite opposition from local governments. SB 896 by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, was prompted by a dispute between the city of Cape Coral and the Lee County Electric Cooperative. In 2013, the city sued the electric cooperative in an attempt to recoup millions of dollars spent on moving utilities…

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