Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday announced he is calling a special session of the Legislature and will ask lawmakers to consider a proposed constitutional amendment to ban offshore oil drilling. His proclamation sets the session dates as July 20-23.
Suspicious minds inform us that a recent Rasmussen Reports poll today found Crist was down in his U.S. Senate race vs. Marco Rubio, and they questioned the timing. After all, oil drilling is currently illegal in Florida. And even if the proposed amendment were law, it wouldn't stop disasters like the Deepwater Horizon incident because it occured far past the reach of any state.
The sponsor in the Senate, Alex Villalobos, R-Miami. Villalobos works, incidentally, for Akerman Senterfitt, the law firm BP hired to represent it in Florida. Crist acknowledged he had no House sponsor. He said House Speaker Larry Cretul won't even return his calls. Future House Speaker Dean Cannon could be on the hot seat here. Cannon, who wanted oil drilling off Florida to reap the financial and energy benefits, spent $200k of tax money on a oil-drilling-is-safe consultants' study.