Another legislative session has wrapped up and state lawmakers left a lot of unfinished business. Several bills that drew headlines and hype in the first half of session fizzled and failed last week.
VEHICLE TAG FEES
The Florida Senate planned to give consumers a slight break on their tag fees. The plan would have made up the difference by closing a tax break for big insurance companies. It could have saved consumers around $200 million a year. But the bill ultimately failed.
State lawmakers also made a lot of noise about cracking down on loud noise produced by amplified car stereos. But the legislature already lost one court battle over this issue, and the plan did not advance.
ONLINE SALES TAX
Meanwhile, local merchants that are required to charge sales tax said out-of-state retailers (like Amazon) should also have to charge sales tax. The debate drew a strong response from consumers and Florida business owners, but it did not drive change in Tallahassee.
The plan to stop 'revenge porn' also failed. State lawmakers could have banned people from posting nude photos of others without permission, but it did not prevail in regular session.
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