Fla. Legislature to begin special session on oil

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature meets in special session this week to consider placing a constitutional amendment banning offshore oil drilling on the November ballot.

But the session starting Tuesday is also a fight between the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov. Charlie Crist. The governor abandoned the GOP three months ago to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent. By calling the four-day special session, Crist has put the Republican leadership in a tough spot.

If they reject Crist's proposal to amend the constitution, they would look like they are siding with BP.

If they pass it, Crist gets a victory he can trumpet as he campaigns against his GOP opponent Marco Rubio, a former state House speaker.

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