Published: Jan 11, 2011 5:18 PM EST
Updated: Jan 11, 2011 2:20 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Senate panel has approved a fix for a 2009 growth management law ruled unconstitutional last year.

The Community Affairs Committee split the law into three measures (SB 172, SB 174, SB 176) on Tuesday to cure a violation of a requirement limiting each bill to a single subject.

The final fix, however, would have to come during floor votes.

Circuit Judge Charles Francis of Tallahassee also ruled the Legislature unconstitutionally ordered local governments to exceed a $1.86 million spending cap to implement the law.

 Bills are exempt from that requirement if passed by more than a two-thirds vote in each chamber. The growth law cleared the Senate by that margin but fell three votes short in the House.

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