Orange County commissioners punt rent control question in heated meeting

Orange County commissioners managed to pass minor protections for Orlando-area renters, in a heated meeting surrounding the idea of imposing rent control. After a 10-hour meeting that included testimony from activists and tenants, pushback from landlords, and a confrontation between Commissioner Emily Bonilla and Mayor Jerry Demings, the commission ultimately punted an ordinance that would place rent control measures on a November ballot. The final decision on the proposed rent control ordinance will take place on Aug. 9.