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Tampa Bay Partnership hails House passage of ride-sharing bill

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Heading into the 2017 Legislative Session, the Tampa Bay Partnership listed the creation of a regional transit agency connecting four Tampa Bay-area counties as its top priority. Another priority was the desire to see a bill passed regulating ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. It’s closer to achieving success on the latter, with the Florida House voting unanimously Wednesday for a bill sponsored by Republicans Chris Sprowls and Jamie Grant. “Ride-sharing is an integral component of a multi-modal regional transportation system and a cost-effective, private…

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Chris Sprowls leaves state prosecutor’s office for private practice

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Chris Sprowls is hanging up his hat as a prosecutor. The 32-year-old Palm Harbor Republican expected to serve as Speaker of the Florida House said he had joined the firm of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney. The decision marks the end of a seven-year career with the State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. “We’re going to miss him,” said State Attorney Bernie McCabe. Sprowls, whose last day was July 8, said he decided to make the leap because he wanted to…

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Ed Narain gets no love for advocating that Florida cities should be able to hold their own tax referendums

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A couple of years after Hillsborough County voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales tax referendum on transportation, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn talked about getting Tallahassee lawmakers to back a measure that would allow big cities like Tampa the ability to place their own tax referendums on the ballot. It received little support from the local delegation, and was never even proposed as a bill. Flash forward to Tuesday’s luncheon hosted by the Tampa Bay Partnership, where state Representative Ed Narain expressed a similar desire,…

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