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Ronda Storms calls for end to Public Transportation Commission

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December

For years, state Sen. Ronda Storms has lamented the existence of the county's Public Transportation Commission. This year, she hopes to get rid of it. Storms wants other members of the Hillsborough County legislative delegation to back a bill eliminating the agency, which regulates taxis, limos, ambulances, tow trucks and other vehicles for hire. "The PTC has been mired in scandal and controversy the last five or six years," she said. "They're like Jabba the Hutt. They've got tentacles everywhere. They keep expanding and it's costing the state time and money. Nobody else does this."

Over the years, the commission has been criticized for hiring an executive director who didn't meet job requirements, paying a lobbyist who had worked as a campaign consultant for the commission's board chairman, and forcing a free electric shuttle service out of business. Mandated by state law, Hillsborough's Public Transportation Commission is the only organization of its kind in the state.

State Rep. Rich Glorioso, R-Plant City, is co-sponsoring the bill. "It's outlived its useful purpose," he said of the agency. Read more about it here.

 

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