Florida special session to ban offshore drilling scheduled for mid-July
TALLAHASSEE, Florida: Gov. Charlie Crist officially called for a special legislative session to discuss placing a proposed Florida Oil Drilling Ban Amendment on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. The measure developed following the April 20, 2010 explosion on a British Petroleum (BP) drilling rig that lead to a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill began to reach land in early May, according to news reports. Crist had reportedly aimed for a June special session, however, he said he preferred to have a consensus from lawmakers prior to calling the session. Specifically the special session will be held from July 20-23 and will be devoted to the oil spill issue.
According to reports, a special session costs about $50,000 per day. The expense is reportedly due in large part to travel arrangements for all lawmakers.