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Hays bill would allow government to buy land only if equal amount sold

State Sen. Alan Hays, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, says he was "astounded" to learn how much of Florida is owned by government agencies. File photo by Bill Cotterell.

A key senator says he was "astounded" to learn how much of Florida is owned by government agencies, and he has introduced legislation that he said should start a conversation about how much is needed.

Sen. Alan Hays, chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, has introduced SB 584. The bill allows state agencies and local governments to buy conservation land only if an equal amount of property not being held in conservation is returned or sold to the private sector.

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