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Nelson wants U.S. Senate hearing in Florida over election law



U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants a Senate committee looking into controversial election laws to hold a field hearing in Florida.

Nelson made the request in a letter to Sen. Dick Durbin, chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, which has held hearings on the new laws, pushed in states held by Republicans. (background here)

Nelson, up for re-election in 2012, when the law goes into effect, has been critical since Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill earlier this year. Nelson's office said he'll discuss the matter on the Senate floor this afternoon.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 2:02pm]


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