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Special Report: Florida Legislature

The 2017 Florida Legislature is scheduled through May 5. This special report will allow you to follow all of the action in Tallahassee through the efforts of our Times/Herald reporters and editors. ...

Cities and counties are fighting legislation this year that would dramatically limit their home rule powers. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Wesley Chapel, left, says states have powers over local governments that are guaranteed in the Constitution. Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, is pushing legislation that would increase the homestead exemption on property taxes from $50,000 to $75,000. If passed, it would cost cities and counties in Florida about $700 million. ([

Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]

Fighting City Hall: Push for more state control angers cities and counties

TALLAHASSEE — You can fight City Hall. The state Legislature does it all the time. That's what Florida cities and counties are saying as they battle legislators who want to limit the power of local government, led by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. "Our founders got it right," Corcoran says. "When t …

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