House committee advances BP settlement proposal

TALLAHASSEE — Efforts by Panhandle lawmakers to steer BP settlement money toward counties most impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill aren’t out of the legislative mire yet.

But lawmakers believe they can work out differences about how the money can be spent.

Both the House and Senate are now advancing measures that would allocate $300 million of the $400 million received last year to the Gulf Coast counties — Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla and Walton — hit most severely by the disaster.And the separate proposals would also send to those counties, through a non-profit trust […]