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Fasano to push to consider drilling ban

The Senate is not yet back, but Sen. Mike Fasano tells the Times/Herald that he plans to move to consider the constitutional drilling ban that is the ostensible focus of this special session.

Such a move would be highly symbolic. Even if the Senate passes a ban, it could not go on the ballot without the consent of the House. For the House, the session is over. They've adjourned. Gov. Charlie Crist would have to call the Legislature into session again for the amendment to remain in play.

Fasano conceded he might not have the votes to pass the amendment. Several Democrats are absent from today's proceedings: Sens. Wilson, Rich and Bullard. Peaden and Garcia are also gone, two moderate Republicans who might consider voting for the measure.

"The Florida House has done its best to embarrass the governor," said Fasano, R-New Port Richey. " But in the irresponsible action they have taken, they actually have embarrassed themselves."

UPDATE: Fasano is unable to make his motion, as Sen. Alex Villalobos first made a motion to sine die. His motion takes precedence. Members are debating that motion now.

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