To authorize a new 5 percent room tax (“marketing assessment”) on hotel and motel rooms in Midland and Bay Counties. A referendum of lodging providers would be required if requested by least 40 percent of the owners of "transient facilities" subject to the tax. Providers would have one vote for each room in their facility. The tax revenue would go to regional marketing and promotion programs. The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Jim Stamas, Kenneth Horn, Bill Caul and Tim Moore.