Gov Crist calls special session to ban oil drilling in Florida waters listen07/08/10 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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"I feel a compelling duty to protect Florida. I'm going to be governor for about six more months, and I think I would not be doing my duty as governor if I didn't call for this special session."
This afternoon, Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he is calling the state Legislature back into a special session later this month. At a press conference, Crist said he hopes they will draft a state Constitutional amendment that, if passed by voters in November, would ban fossil fuel drilling in Florida waters.
â€œThe rightness of this is so clear. Especially with what weâ€™ve dealt with in the last 80 days or so in Gulf of Mexico. This is an issue that is so important to the future of our state, to the economy of Florida. Our economy and our environment are inextricably linked in my view.â€
State waters range from three to ten miles offshore. The ban would not affect deep water drilling in federal waters of the Gulf.
The state Legislature strongly leans Republican, but public outrage is currently high enough that the ban could go through.