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Distrust swirls around special session agenda



Pressure is mounting for legislators to expand the special session next week to revamp Florida's laws to help ailing Panhandle residents recover from the financial hit of the oil disaster.

A committee of the Senate's leading Republicans and Democrats, along with Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, is urging Gov. Charlie Crist and the House to go beyond the debate over putting a constitutional amendment on the November ballot when they meet July 20-23, and include economic relief for thousands of businesses, individuals and governments.

"The urgency is that people are going bankrupt, or about to go bankrupt," Sink said Tuesday.

But House leaders continued to stonewall. They were convinced that Crist's call for the session to ban oil drilling in Florida waters was a self-serving political ploy designed to help him garner attention for his Senate bid.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:47am]


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