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


Local Delegations

Local Phone

Email Address

Sen. Joseph Abruzzo

Palm Beach

(850) 487-5025

Sen. Thad Altman


(850) 487-5016

Sen. Aaron Bean


(850) 487-5004

Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto


(850) 487-5030

Sen. Rob Bradley


(850) 487-5007

Sen. Jeff Brandes


(850) 487-5022

Sen. Oscar Braynon


(850) 487-5036

Sen. Dwight Bullard


(850) 487-5039

Sen. Jeff Clemens

Palm Beach

(850) 487-5027

Sen. Charles S. Dean


(850) 487-5005

Sen. Nancy Detert


(850) 487-5028

Sen. Greg Evers

Escambia,Okaloosa,Santa Rosa

(850) 487-5002

Sen. Anitere Flores


(850) 487-5037

Sen. Don Gaetz


(850) 487-5001

Sen. Bill Galvano


(850) 487-5026

Sen. Rene Garcia


(850) 487-5038

Sen. Andy Gardiner


(850) 487-5013

Sen. Audrey Gibson


(850) 487-5009

Sen. Denise Grimsley

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

(850) 487-5021

Sen. Alan Hays


(850) 487-5011

Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill


(850) 487-5008

Sen. Arthenia Joyner


(850) 487-5019

Sen. Jack Latvala


(850) 487-5020

Sen. Tom Lee


(850) 487-5024

Sen. John Legg


(850) 487-5017


Sen. Gwen Margolis


(850) 487-5035

Sen. Bill Montford


(850) 487-5003

Sen. Joe Negron

Indian River,Martin,Palm Beach,St. Lucie

(850) 487-5032

Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla


(850) 487-5040

Sen. Garrett Richter


(850) 487-5023

Sen. Jeremy Ring


(850) 487-5029

Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs

Broward,Palm Beach

(850) 487-5034

Sen. David Simmons


(850) 487-5010

Sen. Wilton Simpson


(850) 487-5018

Sen. Christopher Smith


Sen. Eleanor Sobel


(850) 487-5033

Sen. Darren Soto


(850) 487-5014

Sen. Kelli Stargel


(850) 487-5015

Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson


(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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