$13B in state/local conservation measures pass

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Posted: Nov 05, 2014 10:52 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Election Day was not just about the Republican landslide: Voters in states and counties across the nation supported about $13 billion in conservation funding.

That amount was a record for money approved at the ballot box, according to the Trust for Public Land, which has been tracking such environmental initiatives for more than 25 years.

Led by Florida's passage of a constitutional amendment that earmarks about $9 billion, voters also ponied up cash for land and marshland conservation, parks and open spaces in California, New Jersey and Montana.

Pollsters say conservation is an issue that is often supported across partisan lines.

But not all of the measures passed, with defeats in the state of North Dakota and Los Angeles County.