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Capitol Reax: Visit Florida funding, Uber, high-speed rail

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The Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee voted 5-1 to approve a proposal (SB 596) that would allow telecommunications companies to put small wireless communications infrastructure in public rights-of-way. Tom Feeney, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Florida: “AIF supports legislation to bring technology of the future to Florida, allowing our communities to be a part of the smart cities revolution.  Florida’s economic environment will greatly benefit from this good legislation, allowing new technologically advanced companies to locate here…

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Senate Judiciary Committee gives big win for ridesharing regulation

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Momentum remains strong in Tallahassee for the first bill in Florida to regulate ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the proposal (SB 340) unanimously without debate. The bill, sponsored by St. Petersburg Republican Jeff Brandes, would require ride-sharing companies to carry $100,000 of insurance for bodily injury or death and $25,000 for property damage while a driver is logged onto their app but hasn’t secured a passenger. While with a rider, drivers would be required to have $1…

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Partnerships with Uber, others could be future of public transportation

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If partnerships are key to the future of public transportation, three Florida communities are already ahead of the curve. Officials with Altamonte Springs, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit authority highlighted their efforts to partner with private transportation companies during the 2016 Building Florida’s Future symposium Thursday. The partnerships, with both Uber and local cab companies, have helped their communities ease congestion, fill transportation gaps and give users more options. But they’ve also pushed local leaders to…

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Stephanie Smith to join Uber in Florida

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Uber, the hired-car company seeking to secure its presence in Florida, has taken on former Florida-based lobbyist Stephanie Smith to head up its external affairs in the Sunshine State. Smith will leave her Atlanta-based post as AT&T’s director of public affairs for Florida and Georgia. She’ll direct Uber’s media and public relations and lobbying efforts. Smith and Uber representatives declined to comment before the company makes a formal announcement. She joins the ride-hailing service as it fights on several fronts in Florida, including legislative,…

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Stephanie Smith stepping down from Gov’s Office

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Not that Stephanie Smith.  The Stephanie Smith that works in the Governor’s Office for Charlie Crist.  According to Gary Fineout, Smith is stepping down to take a job with AT&T. Smith has been executive deputy chief of staff for Crist since November. She also served as Crist’s director of external affairs and deputy director for external affairs since coming to work for Crist back in 2007. Smith, 30, also worked as the Tampa Bay area regional director for Crist’s campaign back in…

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Stephanie Smith stepping down from Gov’s Office

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Not that Stephanie Smith.  The Stephanie Smith that works in the Governor’s Office for Charlie Crist. According to Gary Fineout, Smith is stepping down to take a job with AT&T. Smith has been executive deputy chief of staff for Crist since November. She also served as Crist’s director of external affairs and deputy director for external affairs since coming to work for Crist back in 2007. Smith, 30, also worked as the Tampa Bay area regional director for Crist’s campaign back in…

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