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Crist wants special session this month on drilling

Gov. Charlie Crist said Monday he wants a special legislative session soon -- maybe the week of May 24 -- to deal with two timely issues: a proposed constitutional ban on drilling for oil off Florida's coast and tax incentives for utilities to diversify and explore renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Crist said the special session looks more likely after a phone conversation with Senate President Jeff Atwater.

"I'd like to do it in a couple of weeks," Crist told reporters at the Governor's Mansion. "Sooner's better than later. People are concerned, so why not now?"

The governor predicted getting at least 72 House members and 24 senators to vote for a drilling ban would be easy. "Now?" he said. "Who's going to vote against that?"

- Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:36am]


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