Wednesday, May 1, 2013

ALERT: HB 999 / SB 1684 up for Senate Vote on Thursday - CALLS NEEDED NOW


Please call your Florida Senator today and ask them to vote against SB 1684/ HB 999 which would preempt Hernando County's plans to pass a fertilizer ordinance to clean up harmful algae in the Weeki Wachee spring system.


www.tampabay.com
The county looks at ways to clean up pollution in the Weeki Wachee spring system.

Senate will take up HB 999 / SB 1684 on Thursday!

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 (click on 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!






Senators

Local Delegations

Local Phone

Email Address

Sen. Joseph Abruzzo

Palm Beach



Sen. Thad Altman

Brevard,Orange,Seminole



Sen. Aaron Bean

Duval,Nassau



Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto

Charlotte,Lee



Sen. Rob Bradley

Alachua,Bradford,Clay



Sen. Jeff Brandes

Hillsborough,Pinellas



Sen. Oscar Braynon

Broward,Miami-Dade



Sen. Dwight Bullard

Collier,Hendry,Miami-Dade,Monroe



Sen. Jeff Clemens

Palm Beach



Sen. Charles S. Dean

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



Sen. Nancy Detert

Charlotte,Sarasota



Sen. Greg Evers

Escambia,Okaloosa,Santa Rosa



Sen. Anitere Flores

Miami-Dade



Sen. Don Gaetz

Bay,Holmes,Jackson,Okaloosa,Walton,Washington



Sen. Bill Galvano

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



Sen. Rene Garcia

Miami-Dade



Sen. Andy Gardiner

Brevard,Orange



Sen. Audrey Gibson

Duval



Sen. Denise Grimsley

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



Sen. Alan Hays

Lake,Marion,Orange,Sumter



Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill

Lake,Marion,Volusia



Sen. Arthenia Joyner

Hillsborough,Manatee,Pinellas



Sen. Jack Latvala

Pinellas



Sen. Tom Lee

Hillsborough



Sen. John Legg

Hillsborough,Pasco


legg.john.web@ flsenate.gov

Sen. Gwen Margolis

Miami-Dade



Sen. Bill Montford

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



Sen. Joe Negron

Indian River,Martin,Palm Beach,St. Lucie



Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla

Miami-Dade



Sen. Garrett Richter

Collier,Lee



Sen. Jeremy Ring

Broward



Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs

Broward,Palm Beach



Sen. David Simmons

Seminole,Volusia



Sen. Wilton Simpson

Hernando,Pasco,Sumter



Sen. Christopher Smith

Broward



Sen. Eleanor Sobel

Broward



Sen. Darren Soto

Orange,Osceola,Polk



Sen. Kelli Stargel

Orange,Osceola,Polk



Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson

Orange



Sen. John Thrasher

Flagler,Putnam,St. Johns,Volusia






Thank You!

Debbie Matthews
Sierra Club Florida Chapter Chair

Frank Jackalone
Florida Staff Director

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