|Published:||Feb 09, 2011 9:02 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 09, 2011 6:03 PM EST|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Former Gov. Charlie Crist and last year's Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink are backing efforts to ban oil drilling off Florida's coast.
Crist, a lifelong Republican until going independent last year, and Sink, the state's former chief financial officer, spoke against drilling Wednesday outside the old Capitol.
Democratic lawmakers have a proposal to ask voters for a state constitutional drilling ban.
There's also a backup plan: a petition drive to put the ban on the November 2012 ballot.
GOP lawmakers criticized Crist for calling a special session last year and asking them to put a proposed ban on last November's ballot. They refused to vote on the proposal.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott has said he's open to the idea of drilling.
- 10 whales dead, dozens stranded in Everglades
- Update: Cape Coral kid hit by car doing 'a lot better'
- Cops: Man shoots friend while watching football
- Sheriff: Fla. man kills wife, son with crossbow
- Gifts, volunteers needed for adopt-a-senior holiday program
- Pt. Charlotte street closed due to roadway collapse
- Suspect in custody after Orlando-area school shooting
- 'Hazmat situation' determined not suspicious
- 2 Keys men get prison for wildlife trafficking
- Water main break blocks Hancock Bridge Pkwy near US 41