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Byline: GARY FINEOUT CAPITAL BUREAU
TALLAHASSEE -- With little debate the Florida House overwhelmingly approved legislation that could lead to one of the largest phone rate hikes in the state's history.
And Senate Rules Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said he believes there are enough votes in the Senate to pass the measure next week, though he opposes it.
If the measure becomes law, the Public Service Commission could be required to allow local phone companies to increase their rates anywhere from $1 to $7 a month over the next five years.
Those supporting the legislation contend consumers will see savings in long-distance phone rates and increased competition …