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Senate panel kills fertilizer legislation while other bills are nearly killed

Sen. Charlie Dean listens during a commitee meeting at the Capitol. Photo Credit: Ana Goni-Lessan

A bill that would exempt certified lawn care workers from local fertilizer regulations was voted down by a Senate committee after it faced continued opposition from environmental groups and counties.

Lawn care firms and their allies have been battling environmentalists, cities and counties over local regulations since Pinellas County in 2010 banned the summer use of fertilizers. Environmentalists say local regulations are needed to clean up waterways while opponents say such ordinances create a patchwork of regulation across the state.

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