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Florida House panel votes to kill Enterprise Florida, decimate Visit Florida



Gov. Rick Scott lost again.

Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs.

But on Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee responded with an unmistakable rejection. The committee vote 18-12 for the bill that kill Enterprise Florida and decimate Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency that Scott credits for helping the state set tourism records each of the last five years.

Seventeen of the panel's 20 Republican members voted for the bill despite the potential of facing more anger from the governor.

The bill has no more committee stops and could head to the full House for a vote when the spring legislative session starts in March. The bill however faces big hurdles still. The Florida Senate has no companion bill and in order for a bill to become a law both chambers must pass identical bills. 


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:40pm]


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