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At right, Sen.. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, speaks during a discussion on fireworks sales in the Senate Regulated Industries Committee meeting Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. In back is Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa. (Photo by Phil Sears)

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Vacation rental bill likely ‘dead’

A controversial bill that would pre-empt the local regulation of vacation rental properties is likely dead for the 2018 Session, a Senate sponsor said Wednesday.

Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, said he has met with Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican, about bringing up the bill (SB 1400) during the last Senate Appropriations Committee meeting, scheduled for Friday.

But Steube said the committee has limited time, which has been complicated by dealing with legislation related to the mass shooting at a Broward County high school. As a result, the committee is not likely to deal with other bills, like the vacation rental measure, that would involve a lengthy debate.

“I don’t think Sen. Bradley has an inclination to bring it up,” he said.

Steube also said the fact that a similar bill (HB 773) has stalled in the House is another factor.

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“I think it’s dead for this year. I think this is an issue this Legislature will see every year until it’s resolved. I won’t be here. But I can guarantee you they will find a senator to file it,” said Steube, who is planning to run for a congressional seat this fall. “You never say never until the (final) gavel drops,” Steube added. “But I think it’s going to be very difficult for that to be resurrected.”

The Legislative Session is scheduled to end March 9.

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