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House approves bill that makes it more difficult to raise taxes and fees

Posted at 8:07 AM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 08:14:13-05

Florida lawmakers want to make it more difficult to raise taxes or fees under a new proposed constitutional amendment.

The bill, HJR 7001, if passed, would set a higher bar for state lawmakers when it comes to raising your taxes.

The measure has already cleared the House, and is making it's way to the Senate.

The bill would place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot. If approved by voters it would mean legislators would need a two-thirds vote in order to pass any tax or fee increase.

Currently lawmakers only need a simple majority to approve a tax increase. The bill is a top priority of Governor Rick Scott, and has also gotten major support from House Speaker Richard Corcoran who said the following in a statement.

"We should always make it much more difficult to raise taxes than it is to cut them."

Supporters argue that this measure is needed to protect taxpayers, and working families. Opponents counter that it could become a hurdle for lawmakers when responding to emergencies.

The constitutional amendment passed on an 80-29 vote, largely along party lines. The measure still needs to be approved by the Senate before making it to the November ballot.

It would require 60-percent support from voters to become law.