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Published May 18, 2010, 08:33 AM

Crist vetos 2 Florida agriculture bills

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed two bills that would have expanded a tax break on agricultural land and exempted farms from local environmental laws.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist has vetoed two bills that would have expanded a tax break on agricultural land and exempted farms from local environmental laws.

Crist over the weekend also signed bills putting more restrictions on horse meat consumption (HB 765), authorizing a medical school at Florida Atlantic University (HB 1581) and creating a specialty license plate for St. Johns River conservation (HB 53).

Crist on Monday signed a bill (SB 1736) expected to give 100,000 jobless Floridians 14 more weeks of compensation.

The governor vetoed the agriculture tax bill (HB 981) because it also would benefit developers.

As for the environmental exemption (HB 7103), Crist objected to taking authority away from local governments.

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