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Bid to stop CSX fails -- but not by much



UPDATE: A revote  over stopping the CSX project fails, 64-54, after some members complained of voting irregularities (in Florida?!) in the first 59-56 vote against it. At quorum call, 111 were present but 115 voted.

"There were member who were not present in the chamber when the buttons were pushed," said Rep. Don Brown, who voted to stop the project. Rep. Ellen Bogdanoff the called for another vote.

"They need to come back, or we're not going to have votes," Rep. Will Weatherford is overheard saying.

"Members, take your seats, and you are responsible for your own buttons," said Speaker Pro Tempore Marty Bowen.

In the first vote, Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, tried this afternoon to strip away the "no-fault" liability deal that CSX says is necessary for it to sell the rail line to the state. Liability would have been shared equally, he said.

"It will kill the project," said Rep. Gary Aubuchon, sponsor of the HB 1399, the transportation bill that include the project.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:53am]


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