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Lisa Tennyson
Legislative Affairs &
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Historic Gato Building 1100 Simonton Street Key West, FL 33040

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Florida Keys Stewardship Act (2015/2016):

October 5, 2015 Update to Florida Keys Stewardship Bill:

August 5, 2015: Rep. Raschein held a Keys-wide multi-jurisdictional workshop at the Marathon Government Center to discuss the draft bill. The draft bill was broadly circulated for all entities and changes to the language were invited, and incorporated.

September 15, 2015: Rep. Raschein led a Keys-wide meeting/conference call with all principals and lobbyists to devise a legislative strategy to advance the bill for the upcoming session.

The new legislation is a comprehensive environmental stewardship bill, the “Florida Keys Stewardship Act” that will be sponsored by Representative Holly Raschein, that will expand the current Mayfield authorization (and the $100M remaining in that authorization) to more comprehensively support and advance the legislative requirements and intent of the Florida Keys Protection Act designating the Florida Keys as an Area of Critical Concern, through the following:
  • A 10-year annual appropriation of $20M to help address water quality issues including wastewater treatment implementation, storm water implementation, restoration of poor water quality canals and water supply issues.
  • A 10-year annual appropriation of $5M in Florida Forever funding to help address the acquisition of vacant parcels for the purposes of protecting critical habitat, public safety, and property rights.
This year’s bill seeks a 10 year authorization for a total authorization amount of $250M. This is a change from last’s year’s bill which sought a 20 year authorization. The change is being made per recommendations by our legislative team that a 10 year period is more consistent with State’s other environmental funding programs (like springs, P2000, FF extension, etc.) and will make the legislation less difficult to advance. The intention is that we will seek an extension for an additional 10 years, once we have a firm place in the State’s environmental legislation, and are managing a successful program with the annual allocations being received.

Rep. Raschein is leading and coordinating legislative process and stakeholder input.

FKES Bill Information August 2015:

Rep. Raschein held a Keys-wide multi-jurisdictional workshop in Marathon on August 5, 2015 to discuss advancing a new piece of legislation for the 2016 State Legislative Session.

The new legislation will be a stand-alone, comprehensive environmental stewardship bill specifically for the Florida Keys -- “Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Act.”

The bill will highlight:
The importance of our land acquisition needs for conservation and to prevent takings issues (which would be managed and purchased by Florida Department of Environmental Protection under Florida Forever based on how the bill is drafted), and The remaining water quality improvement projects we need to complete (wastewater, storm water, and canal restoration) to improve our water resources.
The primary purpose of the bill is to establish a dedicated annual amount of funding from new Amendment 1 funds via Everglades bonding or appropriation and through Florida Forever specifically for the Florida Keys to address our land acquisition and water quality needs. The draft of the “FKES” bill is attached.

The amount of the authorization will depend upon what our total need is County wide, including cities and how much we can reasonably spend in a year. The amount of the dedicated funding may approximate $500M in total, with an annual appropriation of $25M a year for 20 years, but this amount will ultimately be determined by the Representative, in consultation with the County, the municipalities, and State lawmakers.

Rep. Raschein will determine next steps and the schedule; these will include continued coordination with the County and municipalities, submitting proposed legislation to bill drafting, consulting with leadership, and a final draft prepared before legislative deadline.

Monroe County Legislative Program:

Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Bill (2014/2015):

FY 14 Session Bills We Are Tracking:

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Legislative Chambers:

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Bill Tracking:

Bills are numbered in the order in which they are filed, with odd numbers being assigned to House bills and even numbers for Senate bills. Bill texts are most easily accessed through the respective chamber websites. When looking for individual bills, it’s critical to know in which year the bill was filed, as the numbering system starts over each year. Both the Senate and House offer tools for tracking the progression of bills through the process. One tactic is to visit the webpages and look up the information for an individual bill. Another choice is to sign up for either the House or Senate bill tracking accounts, which will allow users to sign up for notification emails detailing the status of bills of interest.

Bill Analyses:

Individual bill analyses can be found on the respective bill pages. Analyses are only published if a bill is heard by a committee. Analyses will be modified at each committee stop as the bill is amended. Even if the bill has not been amended, subsequent committees may add information particularly relevant to their subject areas. In recent years, committee staff has also drafted final bill analyses that pass on the floor.
Final bill analyses written by House staff are available on the individual pages for each bill. Senate final bill summaries are available with other Senate Committee Publications at:

Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability [OPPAGA]:

Office of the Florida Legislature that produces reports on a variety of policy topics. This is a good place to look for detailed information on specific state issues and agency projects. General summaries of the main missions and activities of Florida administrative agencies can also be found at the site.

Florida Economic & Demographics Research [EDR]:

Office of the Florida Legislature that conducts and publishes research on Florida economic issues. A variety of data on state demographics, revenues, and financial predictions can be found at the site.

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