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Florida special session to ban offshore drilling scheduled for mid-July

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July 9, 2010

Gov. Charlie Crist

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

The deadline for qualifying a measure for the November general election ballot is August 4.

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