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Cretul cold to Atwater's special session call



Senate President Jeff Atwater's call for a special legislative session on transportation is getting the cold shoulder from his counterpart, House Speaker Larry Cretul.

Atwater wants a special session in December so the Legislature can send a strong signal to the federal government that Florida is interested in federal stimulus money for rail projects, including an Orlando-area commuter rail and money for South Florida's Tri-Rail system.

Cretul's spokeswoman, Jill Chamberlin, says the speaker won't have any immediate public statement on the need for a session in December. "He is looking at the issue very methodically," Chamberlin said. "He hasn't decided whether he'll support such a thing at this time. He hasn't made up his mind." (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:23pm]


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