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House approves "Life' tag

The state House approved a "Choose Life" license tag Wednesday, leaving it to Gov. Lawton Chiles to decide whether to allow a volatile message on state-issued plates.

Money raised from sales of the tag would support private non-profit organizations that counsel pregnant women planning to put their children up for adoption. But critics said the Choose Life slogan is more about spreading a political, anti-abortion message than promoting adoption.

The Governor's Office did not take a position Wednesday.

ADAM C. SMITH

Beach funds approved

Coastal communities looking for state money to pay for beach renourishment projects won't have to come begging for funds each year anymore.

A bill passed Wednesday provides a permanent source of funding for beach renourishment projects for the first time since the state started funding beach renourishment in 1986.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Don Sullivan, R-Seminole, said the state will provide $35-million next year and $30-million a year after that. The state Department of Environmental Protection will manage the beach money.

_ JULIE HAUSERMAN

Arnold endorsed

A Democratic gubernatorial candidate considered by many to be the least likely to win the September primary won the endorsement Wednesday of four state House Democrats.

State Rep. J. Keith Arnold of Fort Myers won support from fellow Reps. Debbie Horan of Key West, John Rayson of Pompano Beach, Scott Clemons of Panama City, and Jamey Westbrook of Bascom.

_ PETER WALLSTEN

Gun bill goes to Chiles

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