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Nelson's Bill Requiring Backup Hurricane Jets Passes Senate

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it's time for Florida to have an independent redistricting commission.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it's time for Florida to have an independent redistricting commission.

Legislation by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, is moving from the Senate to the U.S.House. It requires backup jets to be available to gather hurricane atmospheric information.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says it's time for Florida to have an independent redistricting commission.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has aircraft called Hurricane Hunters. A jet measuring the intensity of Hurricane Hermine was grounded for several days last year undergoing emergency repairs. Nelson said he hopes to have a backup jet in place for this hurricane season to protect lives and property.

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