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Crist urged to ban taxpayer-funded 'electioneering'

Rep. Janet Long, D-St. Petersburg, is urging Gov. Charlie Crist to sign the legislation that bans local governments from using taxpayer dollars to advocate or oppose matters coming up for a vote during elections. Think penny taxes for schools, local stadiums and the like.

Long sponsored the House version of SB 216, which is sitting on Crist's desk. He has until June 10 to decide whether to let it become law. Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, sponsored it in his chamber.

"Using taxpayer dollars to tell people how to vote is not an appropriate use of public funds," Long writes.

Her letter includes a copy of a recent column by the Times' Howard Troxler. Read more here: Download Sb216letter