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2020 Florida Legislative Session


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Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description

CONSERVATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 332 by Stewart
SB 332 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 332/Stewart, a copy of a bill she introduced in the 2019 session, requires $100 million a year to be appropriated from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Florida Forever Trust Fund, and bars any of those funds from being used for administrative expenses in several state agencies with environmental responsibilities.

 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; Appropriations  

 

No House counterpart as of 10/29 


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SB 438 by Harrell
SB 438 Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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SB 438/Harrell, a copy of a bill she introduced in the 2019 session, requires the lesser of $50 million or 7.6 % of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to be appropriated every year for certain projects to carry out the Indian River Lagoon Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. The bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to distribute grants tp be matched locally for those projects, which can include septic to sewer conversions and wastewater treatment upgrades.  

1000 Friends strongly advocates action to restore the Indian River Lagoon, but believes it is inappropriate to use funds designated for land acquisition to finance “pipes and pumps,” as called for under this legislation.   

 

Senate referrals: Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government; Appropriations  

 

No House counterpart as of 10/29 


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SB 638 by Montford
SB 638 Apalachicola Environmental Trust Fund
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SB 638/Montford, similar to a bill he introduced in the 2019 session, would annually reserve at least $12 million from the Florida Forever Trust Fund for land acquisition and infrastructure projects to improve water quality in the Panhandle areas struck by Hurricane Michael in 2018.


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GROWTH MANAGEMENT/PLANNING LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 250 by Berman
SB 250 Development Orders
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SB 250 Development Orders (Berman) repeals the amendment tacked onto HB 7103 from the 2019 legislative session that provided for prevailing party attorney fees incurred in a challenge to a development order.

Senate referral to Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules


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SB 178 by Rodriguez
SB 178 Public Financing of Construction Projects
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SB 178 Public Financing of Construction Projects (Rodriguez) prohibits state-financed constructors from commencing construction of certain structures in coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study.

Senate referral: Environment and Natural Resources (reported favorably on 11/4/19)


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SB 278 by Rodriguez
SB 278 Climate Health Planning
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SB 278 Climate Health Planning (Rodriguez) would task the Department of Health with preparing an annual climate health planning report to assess the threat to human health which is posed by climate change and to develop strategies  to help the state’s communities prepare for the health effects of climate change.  Factors that must be considered include water quality, air quality, sanitation, spread of diseases, crop yields, food production, housing and population migration, mobility and emergency response, wildfires and social unrest. 

Senate referral to Health Policy; Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations 


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SB 280 by Rodriguez
SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility
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SB 280 Climate Fiscal Responsibility (Rodriguez) seeks to capture the economic impact of climate change by requiring the Economic Estimating Conference to prepare a climate fiscal responsibility report.  The report shall estimate the impact of climate change on the state’s general obligation credit rating, increased frequency of natural disasters, long-term trends, including sea level rise and then requires that recommendations for immediate action that should be taken over the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Senate referral to Infrastructure and Security; Finance and Tax; Appropriations 


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SB 286 by Rodriguez
SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming
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SB 286 Tax Credit for Farming (Rodriguez) nods to the value of carbon sequestration that can be obtained by soil and vegetation management, by seeking to establish a carbon farming tax credit to benefit the state’s farmers.  It encourages sequestration by incentivizing farmers to adopt best management practices and maintain their land in agricultural use.  The FDEP is tasked with determining the amount of the credit which must be based on the economic value of carbon farming.

 

Senate referrals: Agriculture; Finance and Tax; Appropriations


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SB 410 by Perry
SB 410 Growth Management
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SB 410 Growth Management (Perry) would require comprehensive plans to include a property rights element so that each local government must consider in part of the comprehensive plan amendment process the rights of the property owner to physically possess their property, to have quiet enjoyment of their property to the exclusion of all others and to develop and improve their property for their personal use.

Senate referral: Community Affairs; Judiciary; Rules


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TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION

Bill #/SponsorTitle / Description
SB 76 by Book
SB 76 Transportation Disadvantaged
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SB 76  Transportation Disadvantaged (Book) amends Fla. Stat. 427.0155 to require community transportation coordinators to plan for and use any available cost-effective regional fare payment systems that enhance cross-county mobility for the specified purpose of the transportation disadvantaged.

Senate referrals to Infrastructure and Security; Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation; Tourism, and Economic Development; Appropriations


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