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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida lawmakers are ready to wade back into the debate about regulating vacation rental properties.

The Senate Regulated Industries Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to take up a bill (SB 512), filed by Sen. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, that is the latest version in a long-running battle about issues such as how much authority cities and counties should have to regulate vacation rentals.

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Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, has filed an identical bill in the House.

The bills say, in part, that the regulation of online vacation-rental platforms “is preempted to the state,” which would take away local authority to regulate platforms such as Airbnb.

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The bills would allow local governments to require the registration of vacation rental properties.

Cities and counties have fought past vacation-rental bills, arguing that local governments should have regulatory authority.

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