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Elections bills set for Senate debate

A pensive Sen. Jack Latvala discusses campaign-finance and election legislation after the Senate Rules Committee meeting on Tuesday. Photo by Bill Cotterell.

Gov. Rick Scott's opposition to raising the $500 cap on political contributions to candidates will probably sink campaign-finance reform for the 2013 session, the Senate sponsor of a new elections package said Tuesday.

The Senate Rules Committee cleared the two biggest political bills of the year for floor action, voting along party lines for a bill intended to fix the long lines and balloting problems that haunted Florida's elections in November and approving a plan to abolish the shadowy "committees of continuous existence" that candidates can use as political slush funds. But each bill picked up potentially troublesome provisions that will be hard to work out in the final three weeks of the session.

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