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Charlie Crist: ‘Who’s going to vote against a ban on offshore drilling?’

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From Steve Bousquet: Gov. Charlie Crist said Monday he wants a special legislative session soon — maybe the week of May 24 — to deal with two timely issues: a proposed constitutional ban on drilling for oil off Florida’s coast and tax incentives for utilities to diversify and explore renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Crist said the special session looks more likely after a phone conversation with Senate President Jeff Atwater.

“I’d like to do it in a couple of weeks,” Crist told reporters at the Governor’s Mansion. “Sooner’s better than later. People are concerned, so why not now?”

The governor predicted getting at least 72 House members and 24 senators to vote for a drilling ban would be easy. “Now?” he said. “Who’s going to vote against that?”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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