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A new Florida committee bill designed to grab a chunk of the lucrative tourist development tax collections across the state -- raising red flags for Orlando’s tourism industry leaders -- may be dead.
Florida House Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee bill, PCB RRS 23-02, was seeking to tap into the resort taxes to fund Visit Florida, the state’s marketing agency, for three years, and dedicate a majority of those funds to assist rural counties, state parks and forests, said a state analysis.
State records show the bill passed the committee favorably and awaits its next step in the Legislature. However, multiple knowledgeable sources told Orlando Business Journal the bill doesn’t appear to have the support to progress any further in Tallahassee.
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