Florida Senate - 2012                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 100
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/06/2012           .                                

       The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
       (Dean) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 717.108, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         717.108 Deposits held by utilities.—
    8         (1) Any deposit, including any interest thereon, made by a
    9  subscriber with a utility to secure payment or any sum paid in
   10  advance for utility services to be furnished, less any lawful
   11  charges, that remains unclaimed by the owner for more than 1
   12  year after termination of the services for which the deposit or
   13  advance payment was made is presumed unclaimed.
   14         (2) The unclaimed utility deposits and funds presumed
   15  unclaimed shall be transferred to the Department of Economic
   16  Opportunity.
   17         Section 2. (1) The sum of $500,000 from the unclaimed
   18  utility deposits and funds presumed unclaimed pursuant to s.
   19  717.108, Florida Statutes, shall be transferred from the
   20  Department of Economic Opportunity to the Ecosystem Management
   21  and Restoration Trust Fund of the Department of Environmental
   22  Protection and shall be used for the purpose of improving water
   23  quality in Silver Springs. These funds shall be directed to the
   24  implementation of remediation actions that have the effect of
   25  reducing nitrate loads to the spring. The department shall
   26  coordinate with Marion County in identifying and selecting which
   27  project has the greatest benefit based on estimated nitrate
   28  reductions and consistency with the long-term plans of Marion
   29  County.
   30         (2)The remaining balance of the unclaimed deposits and
   31  funds presumed unclaimed in the Department of Economic
   32  Opportunity shall be transferred to the Grants and Donations
   33  Trust Fund within the department and used to supplement the Low
   34  Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the purpose of
   35  assisting low-income households in meeting the costs of home
   36  heating and cooling bills. These funds shall be administered
   37  through the same local provider agencies that presently
   38  administer the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
   39         Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.
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   42  And the title is amended as follows:
   44         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   45  and insert:
   46                        A bill to be entitled                      
   47         An act relating to unclaimed deposits held by
   48         utilities; amending s. 717.108, F.S.; requiring that
   49         any unclaimed deposits held by a utility be
   50         transferred to the Department of Economic Opportunity;
   51         requiring that a specified portion of unclaimed
   52         deposits be transferred to the Ecosystem Management
   53         and Restoration Trust Fund in the Department of
   54         Environmental Protection and used to improve the water
   55         quality in Silver Springs; requiring that the
   56         remaining balance of unclaimed deposits be transferred
   57         to the Grants and Donations Trust Fund within the
   58         Department of Economic Opportunity and used to assist
   59         low-income households in meeting the costs of home
   60         heating and cooling bills; providing an effective
   61         date.