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Will House trade new Amend. 7 for drilling ban?

Rep. Ron Schultz has an interesting theory. House Republican leadership, currently recalcitrant about the push to add an oil drilling ban to the state constitution, might give up their opposition if Democrats (and Gov. Charlie Crist) agree to allow an altered version of the Legislature's redistricting amendment to go on the ballot.

The Homosassa Republican -- who has no problem with adding a drilling ban to the constitution -- said he is not privy to inside negotiations and doesn't usually believe in political coincidences. But he said, “it was interesting that the two things happened essentially on the same day."