As this year's legislative session came to a close, lobbyists for Miami-Dade County's rock-mining industry were up to their dirty tricks again. On March 15 an amendment was quietly added to House Bill 1535. It would have stripped local residents of the right to sue the industry for damage to their houses caused by blasting. Instead the rock miners wanted to force homeowners into settling any grievances through an administrative-review process heavily skewed in... More >>>