Special Session Spectacle
State lawmakers are gearing up for a short stay in Tallahassee. Tomorrow’s Special Session is scheduled to last four days, however, legislative leaders who are feuding with the governor could use Tuesday to blast Charlie Crist, then go home.
But as soon as the special session call came down from the governor’s office, the gloves came off. Republican legislative leaders are accusing Crist of political grandstanding, because the state already has a drilling ban, and the issue doesn’t help people suffering from the BP spill. They’re threatening to go home early. Democrats hope they don’t.
The Special Session is scheduled to begin Tuesday at noon. 30 minutes before it does, 400 clean energy advocates will be lobbying n the capitol courtyard, not only for a ban on offshore oil drilling, but also for tax credits for renewable energy.
Missing from the argument is Republican lawmakers, many of whom don’t want a constitutional ban on drilling. Interview with the House Speaker as well as several other Republican lawmakers were denied. Excuses ranged from traveling to being too busy to talk about the issue.
Not all Republican lawmakers are going along with leadership’s plan. State Senator Paula Dockery is one of several members asking her party to give the constitutional ban a fair shake.
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