Important Happenings Today, Regarding Amendment 1

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President Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson addresses the Florida Legislature Jan. 7, 2015

 

Today in Tallahassee discussions began on the future and fate of Amendment 1, so overwhelmingly endorsed by the thinking people of Florida.

OSFR president Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson was at the forefront communicating with the legislators and reminding them of the language and spirit of the the Amendment.

Also today, a thoughtful article by Earthjustice lawyer David Guest appeared in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, and also the Gainesville Sun, further described here in an earlier post.

Even more important is a statement by Sen. Charlie Dean revealing the generation of a website within the Senate pages devoted to the implementation of Amendment 1.  Here also is an easy access menu for people to express their thoughts and feelings on this subject to Sen. Dean.

This website can be accessed at this link, and we encourage you to do so, as per the request of the Senator.

Here is the text of the announcement by Charlie Dean:

From: DEAN.CHARLES <DEAN.CHARLES@flsenate.gov>
Date: January 7, 2015 at 4:40:49 PM EST
To: ALDIKACTI.DREW <ALDIKACTI.DREW@flsenate.gov>, ABRAHAMS.NICHOLAS <ABRAHAMS.NICHOLAS@flsenate.gov>
Cc: DANIELS.CHASE <DANIELS.CHASE@flsenate.gov>
Subject: Florida Senate Water and Land Conservation Web Page
Good afternoon,

Today I announced the creation of a webpage dedicated to collecting public comment on the implementation of Amendment 1, Water and Land Conservation, passed by Florida voters in November 2014.

I firmly believe Florida’s environment impacts every single resident and visitor to our state, so we want to be certain that we hear from Floridians with specific ideas for how to implement this constitutional amendment.  This webpage gives all interested citizens the opportunity to play a meaningful role in the legislative process.

In November 2014, Florida voters approved an amendment to the state constitution which requires one third of documentary stamp revenue to be placed into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and spent on a variety of environmental programs and initiatives. Senate President Andy Gardiner has tasked the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation, which I chair, with drafting legislation to implement this new amendment.

The Water and Land Conservation page within the Senate website provides constituents an easy way to access information and provide feedback to members of the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee. Over the next few months, the committee will conduct a number of meetings to discuss and review these comments as they prepare legislation for the 2015 Session.

We will preserve all comments and maintain them as part of our committee record.  We plan to provide frequent updates and I hope interested Floridians will sign up for the Senate Tracker, which will allow them to stay informed about the ongoing work of our committee.

To view the Water and Land Conservation webpage, please click here. To sign up for the Florida Senate Tracker, please click here.

I look forward to your comments.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if I ever may be of service to you.

-Charlie

 

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