Thursday, April 25, 2013

Major Threat to Environment - HB 999 - Adopted by Florida Representatives. CALLS NEEDED to Florida Senators to Stop this Bill.




Sierra Club Florida ALERT

Senate could take up HB 999 or the 
Senate version - SB 1684 - at any time!



On Thursday morning, April 25, the Florida House of Representatives passed by a 92-20 vote HB 999, the most anti-environmental bill of the 2013 Legislative Session.

The fight to stop this bill now moves to the Senate and SB 1684.   A contact list for all Senators follows at the bottom of this message.  Please call your Senator immediately and urge them to VOTE NO on HB 999 and SB 1684!  

Worst provisions of the bill:

(1) Preempts local authority to adopt fertilizer control ordinances that protect water quality (more info);

(2) Creates wetland exemptions for drainage districts and jeopardizes over 1 million acres of land and water in Florida;

(3) Ratifies no-bid 30 year sugar leases in the Everglades Agricultural Area, increasing the cost of Everglades restoration and further degrading water quality in the Everglades (The intent of this provision is to stop the Florida Wildlife Federation's legal challenge of the harmful leases);

(4) Expedites natural gas pipeline permit applications;

(5) Limits how the Florida Department of Environmental Protection can test for polluted water discharges;

(6) Prohibits water management districts from reducing permitted water withdrawals where an alternative water source is available;

(7) Restricts how local governments deal with development proposals by limiting how many times additional information can be requested.

Please call your Senators immediately -- 
Urge them to VOTE NO on HB 999 and SB 1684!


Members of the Florida Senate 2013




Sen.

Local Delegations

Local Phone

Email Address

Sen. Joseph Abruzzo

Palm Beach

(850) 487-5025


Sen. Thad Altman

Brevard,Orange,Seminole

(850) 487-5016


Sen. Aaron Bean

Duval,Nassau

(850) 487-5004


Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto

Charlotte,Lee

(850) 487-5030


Sen. Rob Bradley

Alachua,Bradford,Clay

(850) 487-5007


Sen. Jeff Brandes

Hillsborough,Pinellas

(850) 487-5022


Sen. Oscar Braynon

Broward,Miami-Dade

(850) 487-5036


Sen. Dwight Bullard

Collier,Hendry,Miami-Dade,Monroe

(850) 487-5039


Sen. Jeff Clemens

Palm Beach

(850) 487-5027


Sen. Charles S. Dean

Baker,Citrus,Columbia,Dixie,Gilchrist,Lafayette,Levy,Marion,Suwannee,Union

(850) 487-5005


Sen. Nancy Detert

Charlotte,Sarasota

(850) 487-5028


Sen. Greg Evers

Escambia,Okaloosa,Santa Rosa

(850) 487-5002


Sen. Anitere Flores

Miami-Dade

(850) 487-5037


Sen. Don Gaetz

Bay,Holmes,Jackson,Okaloosa,Walton,Washington

(850) 487-5001


Sen. Bill Galvano

Charlotte,DeSoto,Glades,Hardee,Highlands,Hillsborough,Manatee

(850) 487-5026


Sen. Rene Garcia

Miami-Dade

(850) 487-5038


Sen. Andy Gardiner

Brevard,Orange

(850) 487-5013


Sen. Audrey Gibson

Duval

(850) 487-5009


Sen. Denise Grimsley

Highlands,Martin,Okeechobee,Osceola,Polk,St. Lucie

(850) 487-5021


Sen. Alan Hays

Lake,Marion,Orange,Sumter

(850) 487-5011


Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill

Lake,Marion,Volusia

(850) 487-5008


Sen. Arthenia Joyner

Hillsborough,Manatee,Pinellas

(850) 487-5019


Sen. Jack Latvala

Pinellas

(850) 487-5020


Sen. Tom Lee

Hillsborough

(850) 487-5024


Sen. John Legg

Hillsborough,Pasco

(850) 487-5017

legg.john.web@ flsenate.gov

Sen. Gwen Margolis

Miami-Dade

(850) 487-5035


Sen. Bill Montford

Calhoun,Franklin,Gadsden,Gulf,Hamilton,Jefferson,Leon,Liberty,Madison,Taylor,Wakulla

(850) 487-5003


Sen. Joe Negron

Indian River,Martin,Palm Beach,St. Lucie

(850) 487-5032


Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Miami-Dade

(850) 487-5040


Sen. Garrett Richter

Collier,Lee

(850) 487-5023


Sen. Jeremy Ring

Broward

(850) 487-5029


Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs

Broward,Palm Beach

(850) 487-5034


Sen. David Simmons

Seminole,Volusia

(850) 487-5010


Sen. Wilton Simpson

Hernando,Pasco,Sumter

(850) 487-5018


Sen. Christopher Smith

Broward



Sen. Eleanor Sobel

Broward

(850) 487-5033


Sen. Darren Soto

Orange,Osceola,Polk

(850) 487-5014


Sen. Kelli Stargel

Orange,Osceola,Polk

(850) 487-5015


Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson

Orange

(850) 487-5012


Sen. John Thrasher

Flagler,Putnam,St. Johns,Volusia

(850) 487-5006





Thank You!

Debbie Matthews
Sierra Club Florida Chapter Chair


Sierra ClubSierra Club Florida

1990 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33712


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