Budget language filed in the Florida House Saturday morning would OK a controversial state audit of Tampa International Airport.
As reported by Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida, Brandon Republican Sen. Tom Lee unexpectedly filed an amendment last week on the Senate floor, which proposes an audit of TIA’s renovation master plan.
Lee’s amendment raised concern with two other Tampa Bay-area Senate Republicans — appropriations chair Jack Latvala of Clearwater and Dana Young of Tampa.
The Senate rejected the amendment.
Pensacola Republican Rep. Clay Ingram, chair of the House transportation budget, offered the language in the House budget.
St. Petersburg Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes, Ingram’s counterpart in the Senate transportation committee, should respond sometime Saturday, as part of continuing budget negotiations.
Dixon notes that Brandes did seem to agree with Lee that an audit may be needed.
“We should give great deference to any senator who asks for an audit,” Brandes said earlier.