ConsERVUTIOn 70s In. PR E S S E L EA S E
LORING LOVELL, PRESIDENT DORIAN BUILDING, 319 SO, MONROE
SENATOR WARREN HENDERSON, VICE-PRESIDENT TELEPHONE 904/224-9992
JOHN ROBERT MIDDLEMAN, SECRETARY TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32304
BILL LUND, TREASURER
April 10, 1972
Senator D. Robert Graham and Representative Jack Shreve have
been selected as the Outstanding Legislators of the 1972 Session by
In an announcement released today by the conservation lobby's
president, Loring Lovell, Senator Warren S. Henderson and former Representative
John Robert Middlemas were also singled out for special leadership awards.
Senator Graham was the sponsor of Senate Bill 629 providing for
state supervision of certain types of land development. Lovell had touted
it throughout the session as "the most significant piece of conservation
legislation ever introduced in Florida". Governor Askew and Speaker of the
House Richard A. Pettigrew have both heralded the bill as the most important
enactment of 1972. Already, the bill is becoming known as "the Graham Act".
Representative Jack Shreve, while still a freshman, accomplished
the rare distinction of almost singlehandedly moving the water resources
bill to final passage. Although this bill, HB 4060, received far less
notice than the Graham Act, Lovell explained that it is equal in importance
in saving Florida from a California-like fate.
Lovell characterized the 1972 session as "our best effort in
quality if not quantity" referring to Conservation 70s' intensive lobbying
efforts in securing the passage o SB 629 HB 4060D nd several other major
bills. Among the proposals included in the C-70s package which acheived
passage were the comprehensive planning bill, HB 380 a bill to bring
Monroe County under state dredge and fill regulations, SB 176; a bill
calling for a referendum to issue 240 million dollars to buy environmentally
endangered and park and recreational lands SB 982, a comprehensive oil
drilling bill, HB 3915; and a bill to give the Department of Pollution
Control some administrative teeth, HB 2996.
Passage of the Graham and Shreve Acts, together with the
comprehensive planning bill and the bond bill "places Florida head
and shoulders above any other state, as well as the Federal government,
in land and water management", according to Lovell. He added that,
"not just Floridians but people all over the nation are vitally concerned
about our state."
S' PRESS RELEASE
In recognizing Senator Henderson and former House member
Middlemas, Lovell cited their devotion to the cause of practical environ-
mental legislation. Each has served as the acknowledged leader in
conservation matters in his respective chamber. Middlemas was defeated
for re-election in 1970, but was later appointed to the Pollution Control
Board. Henderson, the Senate Republican leader, sponsored SB 176 this
year and was a co-introducer of several other key environmental bills
including SB 629. The passage of the Monroe County dredge and fill law
was the culmination of six years of effort by Henderson and Representative
A. S. Robinson.
Formal presentation of the awards to the four legislators will
be made at a dinner meeting of the prestigious Board of Trustees of
Conservation 70s, Inc. in May.
I regret that Conservation 70s, perpetually running on a tight budget, has
been unable to provide weekly bulletins on our progress during the 1972
Session. However, I did want to take a moment at the close of these busy
days to relate to you the successes of the recent session and I feel that
this press release, issued just yesterday, serves as an excellent summary.
I know that all of your share my pride in the C-70s staff. Ben Phipps, our
lobbyist, and Suzanne Phillips, administrative assistant, have worked quietly
but most skillfully and effectively to bring about the passage of these major
environmental programs. This is the type of effort that needs to be continued
and can be with the help and support of all the citizens of Florida.
Since ely, /^
(onsERUITIOn 70s In. t
DORIAN BUILDING, 319 SOUTH MONROE "ft-8
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32301 '
Mr. Lester M. Blain
P. 0. Box 1363
Tampa, Fla. 33601