No special session on oil drilling next week says Florida Governor
TALLAHASSEE, Florida: Although a special session on a proposed oil drilling ban amendment has been confirmed by Gov. Charlie Crist, a session by May 24 is "optimistic" he said. In a interview with The Miami Herald Crist said, "I'd rather do it sooner rather than later [but] the Senate is more amenable than the House, although I'm trying with the House." Crist said he agrees with the concept of not calling a special session until there is a consensus.
If approved by legislators the legislatively-referred constitutional amendment will appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. The proposal comes weeks following an 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. In May, Gov. Crist wrote President Barack Obama saying the state is expected to face "unprecedented environmental harm." Crist requested an estimated $500 million National Emergency Grant.
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- The Miami Herald,"Gov. Charlie Crist puts off special session on oil drilling," May 20, 2010
- St. Petersburg Times,"Charlie Crist says no oil session next week, but he's still ready to call one," May 19, 2010
- St. Petersburg Times,"Crist eyes special session to put drilling ban on November ballot," May 7, 2010