House fires tax breaks back to Senate, without Jax dog provision. Quitsby John Kennedy | May 7th, 2011
Shortly before 2 a.m., the Florida House voted 79-39 to approve the state budget — about 2 1/1 hours after the Senate and following some very hard feelings between the two chambers.
The House then took up the disputed tax break bill (CS/SB 7203) which included reductions for a Jacksonville dog track forced into the bill by Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine.
But the House remained angered by the Senate’s killing a pair of professional deregulation bills earlier in the night — with House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, saying that move broke an agreement between the two chambers.
“In light of the Senate’s inability to meet that obligation, I’ve decided that our chamber would take the high road…and send it all to the Senate tonight, and leave no ambiguity,” Cannon said.
The House took up the tax-break bill, voted to remove the Jacksonville track provision, repackaged the measure as HB 143 and sent it back to the Senate. With the budget behind them, and the tax-break package structured to their liking, Cannon and House members adjourned at 2:07 a.m., Saturday.