State Sen. Don Gaetz stripped a number of environmental permitting changes
from his massive "Jobs for Florida" bill after opposition grew. The
legislation (SB1752) won approval from the Senate on Thursday.
But a number of critics -- including environmental groups and the Florida Association of Counties -- fought the environmental provisions, arguing they do nothing to create jobs and gut the state's environmental protections. One of the elements cut from the bill was one of the more contentious: a measure that requires the state to approve or deny a permit within 30 days or it will be automatically issued.