Florida Bills in Senate and House
Sent: Sat, 21 Mar 2009 1:47 am
Subject: Sierra Club Florida Report 3-20-09
Sierra Club Florida Report 3-20-09
- HB 73 Expedited Permitting Process for Economic Development Projects by Rep. Schenck
- HB 81 Repeal of Public Campaign Financing Requirement by Rep. Hays, and the linked bill
- HB 83 Public Campaign Financing also by Rep. Hays
- HB 1069 Nuclear Power Plant Permitting by Rep. Van Zant
- HB 1219 Environmental Control also by Rep. Van Zant
- ANR2 Regulatory Reform and Economic Development by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Council http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?PublicationType=Committees&CommitteeId=2470&Session=2009&Document
- Type=Meeting Packets&FileName=ANRPC_Mtg_3-19-09_(REVISED)Online.pdf
- HB 497 Paid Petition Circulators by Rep. Dorworth
Thank you to those of you who responded to the Alert that went out last week on this bill. We will send another alert as soon as it is agendaed in the Civil Justice and Courts Policy Committee.
The bill preempts localities from adopting ordinances stricter than the model using the following language:
A local government may adopt additional and more stringent provisions if the local government can verify impaired waters and the achievement of total maximum daily loads allowable under state or federal law or if the local government can provide scientific evidence that harm to human health or the environment exists or that the prevention of such harm warrants such fertilizer application requirements.
This would impose extra expense and difficulties for local governments that want to prevent water problems before they occur. HB 1515’s remaining committees are Civil Justice & Courts Policy (CCJP); General Government Policy Council; and Natural Resources Appropriations (CGHC). The bill does not have a Senate companion.
SB 0148 Mangrove protection by Sen. Aronberg passed Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation 6 -0 on the opening day of session and will next go to Community Affairs. S 148 saw no action last week.
The companion bill, HB 625 by Rep. Kriseman has not yet been agendaed in its second committee, Military & Local affairs.
- When the lands are lost to development, they are lost for good.
- Prices will never be this lo w again.
- We can use conservation easements to protect land without buying it outright. This preserves environmentally important property while keeping it on the tax rolls.
Rep. William Snyder, Stuart (850) 488-8832 firstname.lastname@example.org
The bill would require Supervisors of Elections to discard voters’ petitions if a paid petition gatherers’ paperwork were not in order. The bill would raise the cost of petition gathering significantly and expose the sponsor(s) of an initiative at risk of fines up to $1,000 if an employee violated any provision of the bill. The bill does not have a Senate companion but there are “shell bills” on the Senate side that could serve that purpose. We are keeping a close eye on Senate Ethics and Elections for any bills that might come from that committee on this subject.