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Senate strips House growth bill and sends it back

After stripping out elements of a House bill that the state's growth management chief said would have undermined the state's growth management laws, the Sentae voted 28-12 for the measure and sent it back to the House.

Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, sponsored the bill and said that the compromise has the support of Department of Community Affairs Secretary Tom Pelham. "Right now (Pelham) is supporting it,'' Bennett said. "That's what he told us earlier, but we're had some changes of his heart before. We just got assurances of the governor's office that if this growth managment bill goes down it will receive their approval.''