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Agricultural water bill wins support from former environmental opponents

Sen. Denise Grimsley was credited with bringing the opposing sides together to resolve their differences over her water supply planning bill. File photo by Ana Goni-Lessan.

A bill that was shaping up to be the most controversial fight over water in the legislative session now has support from environmental groups that were opposing it.

SB 948 by Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, would place the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on par with utilities in water supply planning. The bill is a priority of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

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