Will Jeb Bush Help Kill Off the Manatee?

The Florida legislature just concluded its annual sitting in the traditional manner—passing a flurry of bad legislation. Here's one example from the ever-informative Florida Politics:

During this year's session, a few Florida legislators — backed by the marine industry — waged a propaganda campaign of lies and half-truths to convince their colleagues that manatees no longer are endangered. Manatee numbers are increasing so rapidly, the lie went on, that the greedy monsters are threatening underwater grasses where fish hide and breed.

Because of those whoppers and a little behind-the-scenes arm-twisting, Senate Bill 540 will be law unless Gov. Bush vetoes it. “Save the manatees, governor”.

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