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Phone dereg win for Haridopolos

The Senate commerce committee, after nearly killing Sen. Mike Haridopolos' phone deregulation bill earlier this month, just voted 6-4 in favor of it, with Sens. Dan Gelber, Charlie Justice, Evelyn Lynn and Victor Crist opposed.

Haridopolos amended SB 2626 to pretty much match the version that passed the House earlier today, and like House sponsor Rep. Will Weatherford he said it's more "consumer friendly" than the original version.

The legislation is ready for a House floor vote but has one more committee stop in the Senate. The big phone companies have been pushing the proposal - though Verizon this week pulled its support.