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Environmental groups say ALEC is behind Florida bills

Rep. Jimmy Patronis, sponsor of HB 703 which would require DEP to consider costs of reducing greenhouse gases, says he has no knowledge of any ALEC communications regarding such gases. File photo by Bruce Ritchie.

National climate and energy groups say Florida legislation dealing with hydraulic fracturing and federal pollution rules are being proposed by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

The groups said utilities and polluting industries are using the council, known as ALEC, and its model legislation to advance the agenda of deregulation of energy and air pollution. 

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