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Crist: Special session could include gambling, oil, energy

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September

Gov. Charlie Crist, asked today what else might be on the agenda of an anticipated October special session beyond the gambling compact he signed Monday, said "possibly energy."

And oil? "Possibly, sure." He smiled and added "and lower taxes!"

The renewable energy package Crist wanted this past regular session died when House leadership tried in the final week to tack on oil drilling. The Senate sponsor, the late Jim King, R-Jacksonville, said there was no way he could get his members to sign off last-minute, so both proposals died.

Now word is leadership (including incoming Senate prez Mike Haridopolos and designated House speaker Dean Cannon) will make another go at it -- saying oil drilling, like the gambling compact, is a much-needed revenue generator that can help pay for enviro-friendly things like land conservation and solar energy research, etc.

Crist said October seems like a good time for a special session, though he hasn't decided. A committee week is already scheduled for the week of Oct. 5-9.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:15pm]

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