Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 100 Barcode 331156 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) 2 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. 40 41 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 42 And the title is amended as follows: 43 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.