Mike Salinero, (@MikesalTBO)
TAMPA — State Sen. Jeff Brandes has opened up several fronts in his battle to diminish the authority Hillsborough County’s Public Transportation Commission.
Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, has filed amendments that would limit the power of county governments to set minimum fares for limousine services or drivers. The amendments are aimed at the Hillsborough’s Public Transportation Commission, which Brandes blames for blocking hired-car service Uber from doing business in the county.
One of the amendments has been included in an agriculture bill. The other amendment will be heard Wednesday before the Senate Transportation Committee.
Brandes also joined state Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, in filing companion bills that would move limousine regulation from local governments to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.