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Re: Florida is at it again
If I'm not mistaken, a companion bill in the house (presumably the one already in existence) would need to be merged with the Senate bill to form one bill...and that one bill would then be voted on by the house and senate...I don't believe they can both pass separate bills. Oftentimes the absence of a companion bill on the other side of the legislature is what ends up killing a bill, and if one chamber is intent on killing a bill, they will introduce a companion bill and then delete everything in it...
It seems that the 200' anchoring restriction amendment to the house bill was an attempt to have the bills similar enough that they could be combined and voted on by both chambers...the fact that the amendment was withdrawn is a good sign for us boaters. That's not to say that something can't, or won't, happen in the final hour, but the house's seeming opposition to the anchoring restriction is hopeful.