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Senate President Negron Confident About Gov. Rick Scott's Support For Reservoir

Sen. Joe Negron speaks to reporters about HB 819. He's urging Gov. Rick Scott not to veto the bill.

Florida senate president Joe Negron said he’s not concerned Governor Rick Scott’s budget doesn’t include money for his proposed $2.4 billion reservoir in South Florida.

The Republican from Stuart says legislation the governor approved last year gives preference to South Florida water projects.

“I have the burden of proof to convince him and convince my colleagues that, based on Amendment 1 and based on the current issue, that it is appropriate to spend money for additional water storage south of Lake Okeechobee.”

Negron resigned Monday from his law firm because it lobbies state government on behalf of U.S. Sugar. He wants to buy the company’s land for the reservoir, but U.S. Sugar doesn’t want to sell.

Sarah Mueller is a journalist who has worked for media outlets in several states since 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2010 and worked as a print reporter covering local government and politics.