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Anti-Environmental Policies:
Env. Goldstar Recognition, Incentive Based Permitting

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: 7171 (ENRC4)/HB297/SB738
Sponsor: Rep. Boyd & Senator Oelrich
Legislative Session: 2007

5/4/07: Sine Die: All versions of this bill language died.

 

4/28/07: Senate bill never moved, and House bill still in House Policy & Budget Council.

Speaker Rubio's "100 Ideas" was the movement behind the House Proposed Committee Bill

relating to Environmental Goldstar Recognition. After a workshop on 3/7/07, the House

Environmental Protection Committee, voted the bill out and it is now before the 

Environment and Natural Resources Council. 

4/21/07:  THE BILL PASSED OUT OF THE COMMITTEE AND IS NOW

HB7171. AND NOW IN HOUSE Policy & Budget Council AND COULD BE HEARD MONDAY,

4/23/07. THEY ARE ON 2 HOUR NOTICE FOR POSTING OF COMMITEES AND BILLS TO BE

ON THE AGENDA.

Click here and go to page 110 to read the

PDF staff analysis.

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HB 297 - Florida Incentive-based Permitting Act

GENERAL BILL   by Boyd
Florida Incentive-based Permitting Act: Creates "Florida Incentive-based Permitting Act" to establish Incentive-based Permitting Program; provides compliance incentives for specified environmental permitting activities; provides requirements & limitations; provides for administration by DEP; specifies application of program provisions; revises criteria for department permit issuance to conform; specifies application of program provisions to certain permits.
Effective Date: upon becoming a law.
 
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Senate bill by Senator Oelrich:
S738     GENERAL BILL by Oelrich  (Similar H 0297)
 
Fla. Incentive-based Permitting Act [RPCC]; provides for Incentive-based
  Permitting Program; provides compliance incentives for certain
  environmental permitting activities; provides requirements &
  limitations; provides for administration by DEP; requires DEP to adopt
  rules; specifies application of said program; revises criteria for DEP
  permit issuance, to conform, etc. Creates 403.0874; amends 161.041,
  373.413, 403.087.  EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon becoming law.
  01/23/07 SENATE Filed
  02/08/07 SENATE Referred to Environmental Preservation and Conservation;
                  General Government Appropriations
  03/06/07 SENATE Introduced, referred to Environmental Preservation and
                  Conservation; General Government Appropriations -SJ 00047

Status

5/4/07: Sine die: all versions of this bill died.

4/28/07: HB7171 was not heard in House Policy Council 4/23/07 or 4/25

To learn more about Rep. Boyd's bill, which is like Rep. Stansels from last  year, click here to keep up with status.

Click here to read about SB738

Action Needed

Contact Speaker Rubio and tell him not to agree to any amendments to his Gold Star bill.

More information

 

 

4/21/07: CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT HB7171.

4/14/07: The House PCB was amended and voted on by the House Environmental Council and lobbyists for the industry spoke against the bill one after the other. The Senate version is not moving at this time.

3/20/07: The lobbyist for the industry,developers etc had done a strike everything after the enacting clause amendment for Speaker Rubio's legislation, the Gold Star Recognition program.

While Speaker Rubio's bill isn't the best, it recognizes that there are BAD ACTOR's or rather industry and businesses that pollute outside of their permits and should they want to build a new plant in a different location, they should not be allowed to receive incentives like streamlined permits, nor should they be allowed to expand their operations and pollute a new location.

 

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