No special session on oil drilling next week says Florida Governor

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May 20, 2010

Gov. Charlie Crist

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.[1][2]

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.[3]

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