Environmental Amendment passed in Florida


Amendment nine, which passed on Election Day, protects against drilling in state water and prohibits smoking or vaping in many places in a “clean air, clean water” amendment, according to the Naples Daily News.

The amendment changes the rules within state waters so that no oil drilling can happen within state jurisdiction. However, oil from federal waters can still be transported through state waters.

State jurisdiction extends three nautical miles on the Atlantic side and nine nautical miles into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

This comes shortly after President Donald Trump proposed an amendment to open up the outer shelf around most of the U.S. to oil companies for offshore drilling, according to the Washington Post.

The article also stated that the oil companies often don’t pay the state a fair amount for the land that they are drilling on.

The amendment also puts more restrictions on smoking inside in public spaces, with a few exceptions for bars or smoking-friendly hotel rooms.

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