What a week! The 2017 League Legislative Summit is in the books and I am glad to have met everyone that came to the Summit. I appreciate all the hard work from the office staff in making sure this week was executed perfectly. We’re nearly at the halfway point in session so make sure you don’t miss our action alerts coming up!
As an addendum to Friday’s report, please note the following statement which more fully describes the League of Women Voters of Florida’s position on SB 10 under Natural Resources.
The LWV of Florida applauds Senate President Joseph Negron’s original intent to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to slow the harmful discharges to the St. Lucie Estuary and the Caloosahatchee River and supply treated freshwater to the Everglades, however the current form of SB 10 violates the voters’ intent for Amendment 1 and indeed re-purposes the constitutional amendment through legislative action – clearly an unconstitutional move. In addition to the funds currently set aside for Everglades restoration out of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund (LATF), we recommend that the water management districts reverse their multi-year lowering of millage rates and begin to address serious water issues around the state, including (and in conjunction with Federal assistance) the construction of water storage/treatment facilities south, north, east and west of Lake Okeechobee.