Bills from 2011 and 2013 created Triumph Gulf Coast to manage money received as a result of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The House Select Committee on Triumph Gulf Coast, which is made up entirely of Northwest Florida Legislators, met this week to consider two committee bills that would change the oversight and control of this money. The initial House proposal would have required all projects to be approved by the Governor and the Legislative Budget Commission, a joint committee made up of Representatives and Senators. Former Speaker Allen Bense, who will chair Triumph Gulf Coast once it is funded, expressed concern that the bills remove any reference to economic development projects. A strike-all amendment was released that removed the LBC requirement. However, the bills were temporarily postponed.
February 24, 2017