TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are signing off on a tax break for the state's manufacturers — but the final vote may trigger a legal challenge.
The Florida House passed the top priority of Gov. Rick Scott by a 68-48 margin. That's below the margin that the state constitution requires for any law that reduces tax revenue that is shared with local governments.
House Speaker Will Weatherford contended that the vote was still legal, but the House refused to share any legal opinions to bolster Weatherford's argument.
House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston predicted that the bill (HB 7007) would be quickly challenged in court once signed.
Democrats objected to the bill because House members cut off debate and would not answer any questions about the legislation. The vote capped a tense, chaotic day.