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Water quality and quantity Trust Fund Raids

Our Position: monitor
Bill Number: HB7059
Sponsor: Representative Mayfield
Legislative Session: 2007

5/4/07: HB7059 DIES IN SENATE MESSAGES.

4/28/07: House agrees with Senate and the funding is restored.

4/21/07: HOUSE AND SENATE BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEES DEBATING THE FUNDING.

HB7059 is a raid on the Water Protection and Sustainability Trust Fund  and HB7061 is a raid on the money that comes from sales and use tax revenues that usually goes into the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust fund; under this new scheme the money will be diverted to General Revenue. HB7059 is taking the money from the Water Protection and Sustainability Trust Fund that was created in last year's SB444. The State provides $60 million a year to this fund. The three large Water Management Districts match that funding. This $120 million is used to provide seed money for local alternative water supply projects.  This bill was heard in the House Policy and Budget Committee Friday, 3/29/07. click here to See how your member voted.

     On Monday,4/9/07,  more than 25 of us went to see Senate President Ken Pruitt to show a stand of unanimity to protect the water quality and quantity trust funds from raids. A united diverse group made up of cities, counties,  industry, agriculture, business, and water management districts, DEP, recognizing the severe drought in South Florida and the need for cleanup programs.  The House leadership is  taking the majority of funding out of the Water Protection and Sustainability Trust fund for General  Revenue, for predominately road projects. However, the good news is that Senator Pruitt said he heard us loud and clear and that he was in agreement with us to protect the TF.

           ON 4/12/07 THE BILL WAS ARGUED and DEBATED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. REPRESENTATIVES MACHEK, BRADENBURG, WALDMAN, SANDS, SEILER, LONG, AND RANDOLPH, (who prepared an excellent testimony), all spoke against the raid on this trust fund and how the water management districts water supply development projects would be curtailed and halted. The bill passed and was sent to the Senate, who also voted unanimously on this bill!   

Click here to see how your member voted: HB7059 FLOOR VOTE , 71 TO 43.

THE BILL WAS SENT TO THE SENATE AND VOTED ON FRIDAY 4/13/07.

(NO “NO” VOTES!)

 

      Regarding HB7061, the situation is this, the House Republican leadership, led by Representative Kendrick and Representative Mayfield, is taking 55% of the funding that comes from Distribution of Sales and Use Tax Revenues from the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund.   HB7061 is diverting money from the Ecosystem management and dumping it into general revenue without even a sunset clause for the scheme. The House Democrats spoke passionately and intelligently against the raids on these water quality and water pollution cleanup funds. Siting examples of beach closings due to red tide and sewage to leaking underground storage tanks. Representatives (Susan Bucher, Janet Long, Scott Randolph, Franklin Sands, Audrey Gibson, Kelly Skidmore, Elaine Schwartz, Mary Bradenburg, Jim Waldman, Rick Kriseman.) Thank them!    Click here to find your House member

Click to see how your member voted.   HB7061 vote was 72 to 41

The House voted on this bill and immediately sent it to the Senate, and the Senate voted on this Friday, 4/13/07.  NO “NO” VOTES ON THE SENATE floor – BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE THE SENATE STRIPPED EVERYTHING OFF THE HOUSE BILL AND SENT IT BACK TO THE HOUSE "EMPTY"... THUS SENDING A MESSAGE THE SENATE WAS NOT GOING TO RAID THE FUNDS AS THE HOUSE DID.

 

 This bill is part of the budget implementation and may surface again as part of the negotiations during budget conference. We need to communicate to the Governor immediately that these bills are reckless policy and “take the TRUST OUT OF TRUST FUNDS.”

 

 

Status

5/4/07: HB7059 DIES IN SENATE MESSAGES.

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