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Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting in Brandon on Friday now postponed

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Attention Uber fans and critics: There’s no need for you to travel to Brandon on Friday to listen to cheer (or protest) a series of local legislative bills on regulating ridesharing companies in Florida. That’s because the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting that was slated to be held at the Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College has been postponed until December 8. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not have a quorum at our Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation (HCLD) Meeting Friday,…

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Dana Young says she’s all-in on Uber debate

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House Republican Leader Dana Young has stood aside while other lawmakers tried to suss out how to regulate hired-car outfits like Uber and Lyft. But her time on the sidelines is over, she told FloridaPolitics.com on Friday. “I will be putting all my energy into this,” said Young, who’s represented her Tampa district since 2010. She didn’t say which of the many competing policy proposals she will eventually support. Young explained that she stayed out of the debate because she was tied up…

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Matt Gaetz files – then deletes – Uber preemption bill

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday filed – then speedily withdrew – a bill that would reserve regulation of Uber and other hired-car services to the state. According to House of Representatives records, Gaetz submitted his bill (HB 175) at 8:53 a.m., then withdrew it at 10:30 a.m. Reached by phone, the Fort Walton Beach Republican said it was simply a false start. Related bills are in the pipeline to be filed in upcoming weeks. The 2016 Legislative Session starts in…

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Uber-friendly legislation tops Hillsborough politicians’ wish list

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The Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation will consider five proposed “local bills” that touch on the operations of “transportation network companies,” such as Uber and Lyft, according to an email sent to members on Tuesday. The 14-member delegation of state representatives and senators from both parties will go over the proposed legislation at its meeting next Friday, Senate legislative aide Chris Spencer said. Local bills, as opposed to general bills, apply “to an area or group that is less than the total area…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.20.15 — The 1% solution for a Hillsborough County transportation tax

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The news that the Go Hillsborough campaign has reintroduced the prospect of the Hillsborough transportation tax going from a half-cent to a full penny apparently alienated a few county commissioners, who didn’t get a heads-up that County Administrator Mike Merrill was about to do that on Monday. So now that they’ve got that out of their system, I’m curious as to what will be the magic moment that convinces Merrill and consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff to tell the Policy Leadership Group that…

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Hillsborough County to study what it would cost if PTC were to go away

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(Update: Jeff Brandes & Uber respond). This past week St. Petersburg-based state Sen. Jeff Brandes said that he intends to once again introduce legislation in next year’s Regular Session to reform the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. Brandes, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, was reacting to the news that the PTC, which regulates commercial vehicle use in the county, would continue to have its officers cite Uber and Lyft drivers, even after a Hillsborough judge blocked efforts by the agency to ban ridesharing in Hillsborough.…

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Jeff Brandes says he’s had enough, and will propose legislation to kill the Hillsborough County PTC

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Jeff Brandes says he’s mad as hell, and doesn’t want to take it anymore. The St. Petersburg-based Republican state senator wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday that he will propose legislation next year that will attempt to eliminate the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. His statement comes a day after the controversial agency announced that despite the fact that a Hillsborough judge had denied its request for a preliminary injunction against Uber last week, it would continue to write tickets citing Uber and Lyft drivers…

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