Florida Panel OKs Bill to Let Voters Take Back Rail Approval

Sigo, Shelly
March 2003
Bond Buyer;3/28/2003, Vol. 343 Issue 31803, p4
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The Florida House Transportation Committee approved a resolution to ask voters to reverse their earlier approval of a high-speed rail project, while also moving ahead with plans to make appropriations for the project as required by law.With a 12-7 vote, the Republican committee followed the wishes of Republican Governor Jeb Bush by agreeing to seek a statewide referendum by November 2004 to ask voters to repeal the constitutional amendment approved in 2000 that requires the rail project. Bush wants voters to rethink their approval of the project now that its potential costs are known. Provisions giving the rail authority authorization to request the Division of Bond Finance to issue bonds for construction were removed from the bill before it was approved. The committee amended the bill to state that “the authority shall not enter into any contract authorizing construction or financing of any segment of the high-speed rail system without specific legislative approval of the system's alignment.”Another amendment to the bill ordered the authority “to contract with a qualified bond finance consultant to review the Project Development and Environmental Study and the Investment Grade Ridership Study performed for the Orlando-to-Tampa segment ofthe high-speed rail system.”


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