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Enviro-Update is a council communication of the Florida Chamber of
Commerce. If you need more information, please contact George Johnson
Water The House Water and Resource Management Committee heard an update this
month on the progress of the Governor's work group on water. The work group will
deliver a package of recommendations to the Legislature in early February. According to
the members of the work group, they believe some degree of consensus will be reached on
reforms in water planning, development and regulatory arenas. However, there does not
appear to be clear agreement on how to pay for any of the proposed solutions.
Brownfields Senator Jack Latvala, Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources
Committee, as well as Senator Toni Jennings, Senate President, have indicated that the
brownsfields legislation will be discussed throughout the 1997 session. Senator Latvala
Shas convened a group to begin drafting a bill which he intends to introduce in,the third
week of February. On the House side, there will be considerable resistance to providing
money for grants or loans as part of this brownfields program. Representative Josephus
Eggelletion has expressed his intention to file legislation that may contain state and local
dollars, as well as linking the issue to some of the recommendations contained in the
Environmental Equity and Justice Committee report.
Environmental Improvement (Self-Audit)- The members of this
committee were briefed on the issue of self-audit and indicated legislation was likely.
Senator Dyer agreed to introduce the revised environmental improvement project legisla-
tion in the Senate. However, it appears considerable work will need to be done with
Chairman Latvala, who is not favorably disposed towards the legislation. The Chamber
adopted a position in favor of this type of legislation in 1996 and will be ready to support
similar efforts this year.
Environmental Equity and Justice Commission In the House there
appear to be two likely subjects of legislation resulting from the Justice Commission's
activities: a birth defect registry and a database clearinghouse regarding the correlation of
sitings and low income or minority communities. The Chamber has adopted a detailed
position on this commission's work. If you would like a copy of that position or any
additional information call George Johnson at 425-1216.
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