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Charlie Crist ready to take on Legislature, although special session is out for now; insurance bill veto appears likely

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From the Florida Tribune: Gov. Charlie Crist’s running battle with the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature appears unlikely to end anytime soon — although the governor is now backing off plans to call lawmakers back to town in the next month. Crist, who was in Panama City on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, told the Florida Tribune that he doesn’t anticipate calling lawmakers back to Tallahassee during the month of June. Crist wants legislators to put on the November ballot a proposed…

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Oil drilling comes up empty this year

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From LobbyTools’ Florida Tribune: Legislation to allow drilling in state waters won’t be voted on by the House this year, Rep. Dean Cannon on Friday told the House Select Policy Council on Strategic & Economic Planning. The council chaired by Cannon, R-Winter Park, held 10 hearings and workshops last winter and spring toward developing legislation to lift the state’s 20-year-old ban on drilling. Supporters said drilling could bring jobs to Florida and revenue to the state while opponents said it…

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