Fla. Bills Would Limit Local Development Referendums

Law360, Miami (February 7, 2013, 9:09 PM EST) -- Florida legislators moved a pair of bills into committee Wednesday that aim to limit communities' ability to scuttle real estate developments with local referendums, acting in response to a court ruling that found legislation approved last year, despite its stated intentions, actually increases that likelihood.

SB 528 and HB 537 are the latest efforts by the Legislature to streamline the project-approval process by restricting local votes that can hinder economic development. The bills propose revisions to state law following a 2012 “glitch” bill that an October...
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