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Today in Tallahassee: Lawmakers wrap up a short week

TALLAHASSEE — Legislators wrap up an abbreviated week today as House committees consider creating a Save Our Homes-style assessment cap for businesses and weigh a proposal to lift requirements that local dog tracks actually race dogs.

HJR 381 would ask voters to amend the state Constitution to set a 3 percent limit on property value increases for most nonhomesteaded property. Currently, the state has capped assessment increases at 10 percent.

Proponents argue the cap will help spur job growth, while opponents note that it will create inequities in the property tax system that will benefit more established businesses.

Another bill, HB 1145, would allow greyhound tracks to stop running dog races. Track owners currently are required to run a set number of races in order to offer poker, which has been a more lucrative game for the business.

Both bills will be heard in the House Economic Affairs Committee.

The full House also meets in session, where members are expected to pass two controversial bills they debated Wednesday. HB 1355 would, among other things, shorten early voting to six days. HB 7129 would loosen state oversight over new development.

The Senate remains off in observation of the Passover and Easter holidays.

Today in Tallahassee: Lawmakers wrap up a short week 04/21/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:37am]
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