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State tax cuts in the offing, and in dispute
-Digital radio transmitter exemption pending

Oscar Rodriguez, TAB President
With state coffers overflowing, the Senate and House are eyeing more than $4 billion in tax cuts but taking different approaches that at this point appear difficult to reconcile. The Senate has proposed drastically increasing the homestead property tax exemption, as well as quadrupling the franchise tax revenue exclusion and reducing the rate by 15 percent. The House is said to be considering reducing the sales tax rate for the first time since the tax was adopted and cutting the franchise tax by 25 percent. The state’s biggest businesses criticize the Senate plan to hike the homestead exemption, saying it will shift more of the property tax burden to them and that homeowners' savings ultimately be consumed by further local tax increases.
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House lawmakers file three bills to stem release of motor vehicle accident information
Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
In what has become a perennial issue at the Legislature, lawmakers attempting to combat barratry and other types of "ambulance chasing" are attempting to make it more difficult for the public (and newsrooms) to access motor vehicle accident reports or the information contained in them. Under current law, the reports may be released to an individual not involved in the accident if they can provide two of three pieces of information: name of individual involved, date of accident and location of accident.
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LPFM 'ads' cost station $16,000
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NAB requests extension of May obligation for TV stations to convert emergency information from text to speech
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Failure to timely file 'kid vid' reports costs 3 TV stations $6,000 each
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Copyright Office calls for greater independence — what would that mean?
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