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Sen. Nelson to Atwater and Cretul: Let the voters decide



Sen. Bill Nelson sent a letter today to Senate President Jeff Atwater and House Speaker Larry Cretul urging them to allow a vote on the proposed constitutional amendment barring oil drilling in state waters.

"Some Florida lawmakers still contend a constitutional amendment is not needed," Nelson writes. "To the contrary, it is needed now more than ever -- given the fact that the industry easily could revive the legislation from last year.

"I believe passage of the proposed state constitutional amendment would help me and others in Congress fight passage against the oil industry's attempts to expand drilling closer to Florida in federal waters, beyond the 10-mile state-water boundary."


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:13am]


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