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Will Miami Dade College bill get heard?

With just one day left in the Legislative session, South Florida political observers are wondering what will happen with a bill that would benefit Miami Dade College.

HB 1295 would enable Miami-Dade County to levy a voter-approved sales tax to support building and maintenance projects at the college. A small percentage of the revenue would go to Florida International University.

The measure passed 37-1 in the Senate, with Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, casting the lone vote in opposition. But it seems to be tied up in messages.

Rep. Erik Fresen, who carried the bill along with Sen. Anitere Flores, said he was doing everything possible to get the bill heard on Friday. Passing the proposal, he said, would require a little bit of luck and a two-thirds vote.

"But for what happened Tuesday with the Democrats reading every bill, this would have been heard already," Fresen said. "This could be a potential victim of those actions."

Still, Fresen said, he is "fully committed" to the proposal.

Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón has said the additional dollars are sorely needed.

"You have buildings that are getting very old," Padrón said. "Roofs that are having problems, you have elevators that have stopped working ... a well-documented set of needs."



[Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:01pm]

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