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NATION : Fla. Governor to Call Legislature Back to Enact Abortion Restrictions

<i> From Times wire service</i> s

Gov. Bob Martinez announced today that he will call a special legislative session to take advantage of the U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing states to place more restrictions on abortions.

The special session will come no later than a previously scheduled legislative meeting in October to consider transportation and growth management issues and could be sooner, Martinez, a Republican, said.

Before the ruling, state House Speaker Tom Gustafson had said abortion should be dealt with in a special session so that it does not dominate next spring’s regular session.

Within hours of the high court’s ruling, state Rep. Tom Banjanin filed a bill that would enact many of the restrictions the high court allowed.

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