Tallahassee–The Florida Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations, chaired by Senator Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando), today unanimously passed Senate Bill 156, Motor Vehicle License Taxes, sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chair, Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart).
“This legislation provides a recurring reduction in fees paid annually by every Floridian who registers a car,” said Senator Negron. “As our economy continues to recover, exploring ways for government to take less money from the pockets of hardworking Florida families is the right thing to do and I appreciate my colleagues supporting this legislation over the last two years.”
Senate Bill 156 reduces certain annual fees paid to register a motor vehicle to the amount paid prior to 2009. In total, the bill reduces fees by over $236 million.
“I commend Senator Negron for championing this necessary and welcome reduction in vehicle fees for the second time in two years,” said Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville). “As we did last year, the Senate stands with Senator Negron in advocating for tax and fee reductions that will leave more money with the Floridians who earn it.”
“The Senate, House and Governor’s Office have outlined tax and fee reductions as a top priority for the 2014 Session, and I am grateful to Senator Negron for taking the first step by sponsoring this fee reduction again this year,” said Senator Gardiner. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature and with Governor Scott as this bill and other tax and fee reduction proposals move through the process. I am confident our final package will provide meaningful tax relief for Florida families.”
Senate Bill 156 was previously passed by the Senate Committee on Transportation. The legislation will now be heard in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, its final committee stop prior to the Senate Floor.