Bills That Failed
HB 17 by Representative Fine and SB 1158 by Senator Passidomo, while different in substance, both would have significantly eroded local government home rule authority. HB 17 received on hearing that was lengthy and contentious. The bill passed this committee but was not heard again. SB 1158 did not receive a hearing. These bills would have significantly impacted local environmental programs.
HB 7119 by the House Governmental Accountability Committee would have realigned the components and priorities of the Florida Forever program. The bill would have removed funding allocations for acquisitions identified on water management districts’ priority lists, acquisition of inholdings and additions to state parks, state forests, lands managed by FWC, greenways and trails, and land acquisition grants under FRDAP. These projects would remain eligible to receive funding through the priority list developed by the ARC.
The bill would have increased the funding allocation to Florida Communities Trust from 21 percent to 25 percent and would have consolidated the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program into this allocation. It also would have increased funding allocations for the Rural and Family Lands Program from 3 percent to 40 percent. Lastly, it would have removed the use of Florida Forever funding for capital project expenditures and land management. The Legislature would still be able to directly appropriate funding for these items under the Land Acquisition Trust Fund. This bill surfaced late in the session and the Senate did not agree to include this proposal in the budget package.
HB 751 by Representative C. Clemons and SB 1378 by Senator Perry would have required all local governments to adopt DEP best management practices (BMPs) and other local stormwater management measures and would have prohibited local governments from adopting more stringent water quality standards for stormwater discharges. Although it would have given local governments a presumption of compliance with water quality standards, the bills had numerous technical problems. Neither bill received a hearing.
HB 1163 by Representative Spano and SB 1640 by Senator Broxson would have required state agencies to prepare a statement of estimated regulatory cost before adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule except an emergency rule. HB 1163 passed the House but died in Senate messages. SB 1640 died in its second of three committees.
HB 1225 by Representative Fitzenhagen and SB 1352 by Senator Young would have required the Governor to appoint Administrative Law Judges to four year terms from nominees selected by a statewide nominating commission. HB 1225 passed the House but died in Senate messages. SB 1352 died in its last committee.