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House passes 5 percent assessment cap



After some entertaining procedural wrangling, the House unanimously passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would lower the existing nonhomestead assessment cap to 5 percent from 10 percent.

But sponsor Carl Domino failed to marry the plan with a new exemption for first-time home buyers. The Jupiter Republican has complained about the two ideas being split (the Senate has them together) and tried to amend the bill (HB 7057). Democratic Rep. Jim Waldman objected that it substantially changed the scope and, after deliberation, rules chairman Bill Galvano agreed.

Domino then made a motion to waive the rules and take up the amendment. He needed unanimous support. It failed by voice vote, prompting Domino to take the vote to the board. A string of red "no" votes from Democrats faded to green "yes" until there was only one: Waldman.

The Senate is unlikely to advance either plan.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 5:56pm]


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