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Gwen Graham, David Jolly lead bipartisan fight to ban oil drilling off Gulf beaches

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U.S. Reps. Gwen Graham and David Jolly introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress on Thursday to extend the prohibition on oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico through 2027. HR 2630, which seeks to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, extends the drilling ban — 125 miles off much of Florida’s Gulf Coast and as far as 235 miles in some areas – that is now set to expire in 2022. Graham, a Tallahassee Democrat, represents Florida’s…

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Offshore oil drilling has been off the table in Florida since 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 likely shut the door politically on oil drilling in Florida waters, a Florida State University oceanography professor said Monday on the five-year anniversary of the spill. In April 2010, a Florida House committee led by future House Speaker Dean Cannon was considering draft legislation to allow drilling in state waters 10.6 miles off the Gulf Coast. But the Senate said it wouldn’t take up a bill. Then the Deepwater Horizon explosion 42 miles off…

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Fracking bills pass Senate committee with DEP support

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Bills dealing with oil and gas hydraulic fracturing in Florida passed their first Senate committee stop on Tuesday after a state environmental official said they would provide needed regulation for the industry. SB 1468 by state Sen. Garrett Richter, a Republican from Bradenton, requires the state to develop rules for permitting “high-pressure well-stimulation,” which includes hydraulic fracturing — also called fracking. SB 1582 provides for a public records exemption for fracking “trade secrets.” Paula Cobb, the Florida Department of Environmental…

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As Independent, Charlie Crist shows Democratic look

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It’s a pretty good checklist for a Democratic candidate trying to shore up his base as he heads to the fall elections: Standing up for gay members of the military services. Opposing more restrictions on abortions. Calling for a ban on oil drilling off Florida’s shores. Rejecting a bill that would have eliminated tenure for school teachers. Appealing to AFL-CIO members for their union’s endorsement. Yet, these are the recent moves of Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who is…

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Florida lawmakers conclude contentious and emotionally charged session

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From The Current: Florida lawmakers wrapped up a contentious and emotionally charged session on Friday night, spending hours debating and approving measures on abortion, a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting, and a comprehensive property insurance bill. The session lurched to a close as the House wrapped up its work shortly before 7 p.m. while the Senate was still debating a nearly $70.4 billion budget. The Senate did not wrap up its work until 8:47 p.m. The final vote on the…

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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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Tiger Bay: 2010 legislative preview with Rep. Ed Hooper and Rep. Rick Kriseman

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If space aliens were to land in our fair State and seek to ascertain the burning issues of import to our society by examining the recent acts of our Legislature, they would come to understand that we, as Floridians, care very deeply about young men wearing droopy pants which expose the tops of their boxers. They would also determine that we take grave offense to those who would display metallic replicas of bull reproductive organs on the backs of their…

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