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Hillsborough County's Public Transportation Commission Stays

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A proposed bill to let voters decide whether to get rid of the Public Transportation Commission (PTC) in Hillsborough County failed to go through today as a majority of legislative delegation members voted against it.

The PTC regulates taxi cabs, limousines and ambulance companies. But a proposed bill, filed by Rep. Jamie Grant (R) and Sen. Jeff Brandes (R), would have given voters the chance to choose whether the Hillsborough County Commission should oversee those regulations, instead.

PTC Chairman and Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist opposed the bill.

"The local bill that you are considering does not offer any meaningful solutions," he said, "none."

Crist said the bill would have eliminated "good consumer protection" and a "new transparent approach" that the board is currently putting in place.

Some legislators were wary that if voters did get rid of the PTC, there were no clear-cut plans of a transition.