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Environment
8:30 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Energy bill backers say Tea Party argument has no merit

A Democratic lawmaker is firing back against arguments recently raised by Tea Party activists regarding a bi-partisan energy bill now on the Governor’s desk. Sascha Cordner has more.

During a recent news conference, a group of Tea Party activists talked about their efforts in urging Governor Rick Scott to veto a comprehensive energy bill, that they claim picks “winners and losers.” But, Democratic Representative Jeff Clemens says their arguments don’t make sense:

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Environment
8:52 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Tea Party activists urge energy bill veto

Thousands of Tea Party activists are calling on Governor Rick Scott to veto an energy bill that received bipartisan approval from the Florida Legislature and has the backing of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. As Sascha Cordner reports, the groups say the legislation will have a negative impact on Florida’s future energy policy.

“Government, get out of our lives!”

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Environment
8:07 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Audubon happy Scott vetoed zoo animal leasing bill

Florida Governor Rick Scott has vetoed a measure that would have let the state lease its land to facilities, like zoos, to breed exotic animals. Regan McCarthy reports the governor says the state already has that option without passing a law.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Scott being lobbied on Everglades Day bill

Environmentalists are urging Governor Rick Scott to sign a measure that would designate April 7th as Everglades Day in Florida. As Sascha Cordner reports, the Governor has until Saturday to sign the bill into law.

Dawn Shirreffs is the Everglades Restoration Manager for the National Park Conservation Association. She says environmental groups do not want a repeat of last year when the Everglades and other conservation projects did not get the necessary funds:

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Environment
5:33 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Audubon protests "Exotic" animals on state land

The conservation group Audubon Florida is asking Governor Rick Scott to veto a bill that would let exotic animals live on state land. Regan McCarthy reports environmentalists warn the proposal could hurt native wildlife.

Julie Wraithmell is the Director of Wildlife conservation for the Audubon of Florida. She says a measure passed by lawmakers that would let organizations like zoos lease state lands for exotic birds and hoofed animals, like zebras, takes that land away from native species.

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