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- A THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 Fla. senator calls hearings on Democrats' acts Environmentalists want sugar growers to clean up Targets include several members of the Chiles administration, including the governor himself. "We support the investigation whenever something needs to be investigated, but we do not want this to turn into a three-ring circus," said Natalie Kelly, spokeswoman for Senate Democrats. One topic of the hearings will be possible ethics violations in the way state officials chose and paid lawyers for its tobacco lawsuit. Crist said he also expected the committee to proceed with hearings on more than a dozen hunting and other trips Chiles belatedly paid for, and whether Secretary of State Sandra Mortham misspent a $60,000 tobacco contribution. Nearly every Cabinet member had something to disclose or deny about travel and ethics Wednesday: Mortham said the National Rifle Association paid for her to travel to the group's 1996 convention in Dallas. She said she asked for the bill but never got one. She said her staff had not kept her properly informed about how a $60,000 tobacco donation, intended for a history museum, was spent on office parties and trinkets. A subordinate has been re assigned and new accounting controls are in place, she said. Attorney General Bob Butter worth accepted 11 trips in private planes owned by his wife's company and by law firms involved in the tobacco settlement. The tobacco trips were paid by the law firms in agreement with a state contract. Five trips with his wife were not related to helping her company, Emergency Medical Services Associates, a spokesman said. EMSA has had business dealings with the state. Comptroller Robert Milli-gan accepted a trip to Barbados in September worth about $1,000. The trip was paid by a group that promotes volunteerism, aides said. Education Commissioner Frank Brogan took two trips in private planes in 1996. The state paid for both education-related trips, to Orlando and New York. Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson took five trips in private planes since 1995. All were paid by Florida cities or universities, except one paid by ABC News. Capital Bureau writer Shirish Date contributed to this story. By Shirish Date Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE Environmentalists who want sugar growers to pay more to clean up the Everglades filed suit Wednesday against the South Florida Water Management District to try to invalidate parts of the 1994 law that lets growers pay only a third of the total cost. The lawsuit alleges that property owners within the district's boundaries are unfairly paying too much in violation of last November's so-called "Polluter Pays" constitutional amendment passed by voters. The plaintiffs include Mary Barley, widow of conservationist George Barley, the founder of the Save Our Everglades group, and Nathaniel Reed, a former district board member, on behalf of other property-tax payers within the region. State news The 1994 Everglades Forever Act allows sugar growers to pay between $230 million and $320 million of the $700 million project to remove pollutants from the slow-moving sheet of water. Most of the rest would be paid by district taxpayers. The environmentalists want a judge to declare that part of the law unconstitutional, but also want to let construction of the water-treatment ponds to continue during the lawsuit Sugar growers believe they are already paying their fair share to clean up the Everglades. Water district spokesman John Neuharth said the lawsuit could have the unintended effect of invalidating the entire Everglades Forever Act, which would stop the ongoing project. By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE - Democrats warned of a "three-ring circus" Wednesday as the Senate's GOP ethics chairman called hearings on the tobacco deal, the governor, the secretary of state and one more possible target Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay. MacKay, the Democratic front-runner for governor in 1998, entered the crosshairs over whether three trips on private planes in 1997 were gifts or state business. "Whether those were ethical violations I don't know, but that's why you ask questions," said Sen. Charlie Crist, R-St. Petersburg, chairman of the Executive Business, Ethics and Elections Com--mittee and a candidate for the - LI.S. Senate. He called hearings for the week of Jan. 5. '.i MacKay, through a spokeswoman, said he had nothing to ;liide. 5 "In three instances in 1997, Lt. ;;Gov. MacKay participated in official events which coincided with ; ;his travel for personal purposes in other parts of the state," a memo issued by MacKay's office said. A day earlier, MacKay spokesman Jim McClellan said he believed the trips would be reported as gifts. On Wednesday, calls were referred to Gov. Law-ton Chiles' spokeswoman, April Herrle, who said McClellan had erred in his last day on the job and that the state would pay for the trips. MacKay's records show: In February, MacKay was flown on a private plane from West Palm Beach to Destin by Todd Schwiezer to attend the Fort Walton Sports Banquet. An invoice has been requested. Also that month, citrus magnate Ben Hill Griffin flew him from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa for a luncheon at the Florida State Fair. The cost was $153.46. In October, Harry Moon flew MacKay from Opa-Locka to Naples for a Cleveland Clinic groundbreaking ceremony at $354.33. Senate Democrats said they did not want to see a politically motivated investigation. 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