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Florida town files lawsuit to block "misleading" growth management law

An overpass of intersecting highways I-75 and Sheridan St in Broward County in 2008. Photo Credit: FDOT Images Services Office

A bill that substantially reduced the state's oversight in growth management was passed with a title that "cloaked" the true intent of the legislation, according to a legal challenge filed Monday.

HB 7207, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on June 2, eliminated requirements in state law that local comprehensive land use plans be financially feasible and removed requirements that developers pay for needed roads and schools. State involvement in local growth decisions is limited to "important state resources and facilities" that were not named.

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