Environmentalists Challenge State’s Conservation Spending

Jun 22, 2015

Credit Lars Hammar

Environmentalists have announced a lawsuit against Florida for the way lawmakers divvied up money tied to the state’s new conservation amendment.

In the lawsuit, environmentalists are asking the court to force the state to set aside more money for land acquisition. In the budget they passed just last week, lawmakers earmarked just $55-million for land purchases. The Associated Press reports, Amendment One, which received overwhelming support from voters, required lawmakers to set aside money from real estate transactions to use for conservation programs including purchasing environmentally sensitive land. But lawmakers claim they did follow the amendment, pointing out they spent more than $750 million on amendment one related projects

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