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Fertilizer bill dead in House, sponsor says; concerns raised with water district bill

Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Lecanto, listens to debate in a committee meeting. Photo Credit: Ana Goni-Lessan 21-4-11

The sponsor of a House fertilizer bill said Wednesday he thinks the issue is dead for the session.

The lawn care industry has been battling with cities, counties and environmentalists since Pinellas County adopted a summer fertilizer ban in 2010. Environmentalists say local fertilizer controls are needed to protect waterways while lawn care businesses argue against creating a patchwork of local regulations.

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