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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – After a fierce legislative debate early this year about fracking, a freshman senator has filed a proposal that would bar the use of the controversial oil and gas drilling technique in Florida.

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Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, filed the proposal (SB 98) a little more than a week after Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, filed a similar measure (HB 35) in the House. Farmer’s bill is dubbed the “Stop Fracking Act.”

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The bills will be considered during the 2017 legislative session, which starts in March.

Fracking bills spurred a major battle during the 2016 session, with the issue ultimately dying in the Senate. While supporters said the 2016 bills would have created a needed regulatory framework, environmental groups contended the measures were aimed at opening the door to fracking.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.