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TABOR dying in the Senate

For the third time, a Senate panel has TPd a bill establishing TABOR-style caps on local and state government.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike Haridopolos of Melbourne, was supposed to come up in the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee but it was tabled without discussion. (On March 18, several Republicans told Haridopolos it was not prudent to pursue in this economic climate.)

Today's announcement led to an exodus of city and county lobbyists and officials from the room. Outside, they expressed something just short of victory. "We're cautiously optimistic," said Craign Mosteller of the Florida Association of Counties.

Haridopolos said afterward that he is focused on the budget. He did not concede defeat but noted that the goal is to get the measure on the 2010 ballot, meaning next session is in play too.