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Senate strips language dealing with wetlands, fertilizer ordinances from permitting bill

Sen. Thad Altman responds to questions from other senators Thursday about his amendments to HB 999, an environmental permitting bill. Photo by Bruce Ritchie

The Senate on Thursday voted to strip language banning new local fertilizer ordinances from an environmental permitting bill along with a provision dealing with local wetlands regulations.

HB 999 is a wide-ranging bill sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City. Business and industry groups support the bill but it faces opposition from environmental groups.

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