Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fertilizer preemption narrowly passes 8 to 7 in House Subcommittee

Sierra Club Florida Water Quality Update

HB 457,  a bill that would preempt and gut fertilizer regulation ordinances adopted by 40 local governments throughout Florida, passed this morning in the House Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee by one vote.  The 8 to 7 vote count is below (all Democrats and two Republicans voted no).

Please take time today to call and thank the no votes – it is very important to show our gratitude. Sierra Club remains optimistic that we can defeat this bill as it moves on to other committees in the House and Senate.

HB 457 has been referred to two additional committees in the House for further consideration: the Rule-making and Regulations Subcommittee and the State Affairs Committee.  The Senate companion bill, SB 606, was approved 4-0 in the Agriculture Committee on March 15 and has been referred to the Community Affairs, Rules and Budget committees for additional consideration.

VOTE ON HB 457 3-23-11 in House Community & Military Affairs Subcommittee 

District City
Local Phone
Email Address
YES  Rep. Ritch Workman, Chair
NO   Rep. Ed Hooper, V. Chair
NO   Rep. Lori Berman
Delray Beach
YES  Rep. Jeffrey ''Jeff'' Brandes
St. Petersburg
NO   Rep. Matt Caldwell
Fort Myers
NO   Rep. Daphne Campbell
Miami Shores
YES  Rep. Fredrick W. Costello
YES  Rep. Jose Felix Diaz
YES  Rep. Chris Dorworth
YES  Rep. James ''J.W.'' Grant
NO   Rep. John Patrick Julien
North Miami Bch
NO   Rep. Mark Pafford
West Palm Bch
NO   Rep. Scott Randolph
YES  Rep. Ronald ''Doc'' Renuart
Ponte Vedra Bch
YES  Rep. Jimmie T. Smith