Fracking ban Lawmakers Push For Fracking Ban By Nick Evans • Oct 10, 2017 Nick Evans State lawmakers are pushing to ban fracking in the sunshine state. A similar effort last year failed, but Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa) believes this year will be different. Senate President Remains Mum On Fracking Ban By Jim Ash • Feb 14, 2017 The issue of hydraulic fracturing has long been highly controversial in Florida, and now it’s opening up a fissure in the Republican-led Senate. There are competing fracking bills, and the chamber's leader is staying mum on where he stands. Gillum Challenging Local Preemption, Again By Jim Ash • Feb 10, 2017 Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a rising star in the Florida Democratic Party, is once again taking Republican lawmakers to task.