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Zapata files cig tax bill

State Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami, today filed a bill (HB 887) to increase the cigarette tax by 65.1 cents per pack, bringing the total to $1 a pack. It could raise $471 million a year.

"The (budget) situation calls for action," said Zapata, who is chair of the Human Services Appropriations Committee. "We can sit here and try to hold true to our principles but at the same time we need to be pragmatic."