| Important Water Bill Passes|
| Good news! A priority for Governor DeSantis and Floridians alike, SB 0712 strengthens Florida’s water policy by updating regulations that will reduce water pollution and benefit water quality and quantity. Developed with bi-partisan support and passing the House and Senate chambers this week with a unanimous vote, the Environmental Resource Management bill by Senator Mayfield (R-Vero) and Representative Payne (R-Palatka) is a first step towards reducing pollution from every major source: septic tanks, wastewater, stormwater, agriculture, and biosolids. This bill includes many sound common sense improvements, such as backup power for pumping stations for wastewater systems, and requiring utilities to have maintenance plans.|
Also a priority for the Governor and a part of his bold agenda was raising the state's $10,000 fine for spilling raw sewage into waterways to hold local governments and utilities accountable for their actions. The Environmental Accountability bill, HB 1091, filed by Senator Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota) and Representative Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) passed the House and Senate chambers yesterday and will be headed to the Governor for his signature. This bill increases penalties for wastewater spills by 100 percent and increases penalties by 50 percent for other environmental violations. The cost of violating environmental laws must be impactful to change bad practices.
To read more about our Executive Director’s thoughts on SB 0712 and environmental achievements this session in the “3 Questions” section of Florida Politics, click here.