As an update to last week's post, the Florida House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill (H.B. 1219) that would permit exploration and production for oil and gas between 3 and 10.5 miles from the coast. The Miami Herald provides an update on the status of the bill and the lobbying efforts to push the bill through before the end of the legislative session on May 1, 2009 (though the session could be extended, as the state budget has not passed yet). Last week Florida’s Governor Charlie Crist (R) said he was “open minded” on the proposal.