Around the South for Dec. 20: OK, SC & FL


Oklahoma: Legislature to use oil & gas funds. The state legislature went into its second special session on Monday, called by Gov. Mary Fallin (R) to fund the Health Care Authority (HCA). House Floor Leader Jon Echols (R) said there was enough money coming in from oil and gas production tax collections to fund the HCA as well as the Department of Human Services, reports The Oklahoman. The legislature will meet again in early January to finalize action on the budget ……. South Carolina: Lawsuit would block SC power company dividends. Lawmakers upset with SCANA, which owns the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, have brought suit to keep the power company from paying some $87.1 billion in dividends on Jan. 1, reports the Post & Courier. At issue is the firm’s abandonment of its construction of a nuclear power plant and whether rate-payers should bear the cost ……. Florida: US House bill includes aid to Florida agriculture. With the US Department of Agriculture forecasting the worst orange production in the Sunshine State since 1944-45, Gov. Rick Scott (R) and state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (R) traveled to Washington to seek funding for the hurricane-beleaguered farmers. With the assistance of US Rep. Tom Rooney (R), who is on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, the US House included $2.6 billion for Florida growers with crop losses in its $81 billion disaster relief bill, reports Sunshine State News …….