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Crist supports rail special session, wants gambling included



Gov. Charlie Crist said today that he supports a December special session on Tri-Rail and Sun-Rail, as suggested today in Washington by Senate President Jeff Atwater. But will finishing up the gambling compact be on the table? It's clear the governor is not driving the special session train.

"I think that's a great idea," Crist said, after receiving the endorsement of the Police Benevolent Association today. "I would certainly  encourage that and I think that's the right thing for Florida...It's necessary because, No. 1, we need transportation arteries for Florida." 

Should the Seminole gambling compact be part of the special session agenda? Crist: "Well, I certainly would encourage that I think having those additional monies for our children is awfully important. That's why I've supported it. So I would hope that that could be part of the equation, too."

For his part, Atwater is not ready to commit to adding gambling. "One step at a time,'' he said.

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


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