TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Once again, actions taken by the state of Florida have been questioned and brought to a courtroom.READ MORE: New Case Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant As President Biden Works To Slow Spread
And once again, a judge has ruled that the state was acting incorrectly.
A Florida judge agrees with environmentalists that lawmakers didn’t follow the wishes of voters who overwhelmingly approved a land preservation proposal.
Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson ruled from the bench Friday that the state was using money voters dedicated to conservation land purchases and their management for other purposes.READ MORE: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Wants To Hand Out Taxpayer Dollars To Businesses That Defy Vaccine Mandates
The ruling came before a scheduled July trial.
In 2014, 75 percent of voters supported a constitutional amendment to dedicate 33 percent of an existing real estate tax for land preservation, or roughly a billion dollars a year.
Several environmental groups joined together to sue the state, claiming that it was using money on state agency operations and salaries instead of land acquisition.MORE NEWS: Closing Arguments In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial Begin Friday
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