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DeFoor will chair Amendment 1 committee on land conservation



From The Florida Current:

Allison DeFoor, a former environmental advisor to Gov. Jeb Bush and former board member of statewide business and environmental groups, has been appointed chairman of the political committee backing a proposed constitutional amendment for conservation lands.

Amendment 1 would provide $19 billion over 20 years for conservation land acquisition and restoration from documentary stamp tax revenues. Most of Florida's environmental groups are backing the measure.

DeFoor, of Crawfordville, became chairman of the political committee Florida's Water and Land Legacy Inc., according to documents submitted this week to the state Division of Elections. He was the running mate of Gov. Bob Martinez when he lost re-election in 1990.

DeFoor said Thursday he thinks education will be the key to a successful campaign, and he said the case for the amendment is compelling.

"This is where Floridians' hearts are," DeFoor said. "It just needs to be well discussed -- exactly what is being proposed."

The campaign faces opposition from Republican leaders in the Legislature including House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.  They say setting budget allocations through constitutional amendments is bad governance and cite California as an example. 

[Last modified: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:42am]


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