Florida Senate - 2012                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1456
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: FAV            .                                
                  02/06/2012           .                                
                Floor: 1/AD/2R         .                                
             03/09/2012 09:51 AM       .                                

       The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
       (Detert) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. (1) A zoo or aquarium having current
    6  accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and
    7  operating a facility in the state may apply to the Board of
    8  Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund for
    9  authorization to use state lands, or to the governing board of a
   10  water management district for authorization to use district
   11  lands, for the purpose of conducting enhanced research in
   12  husbandry, reproductive biology, endocrinology, nutrition,
   13  genetics, behavior, health, and ecology of selected populations
   14  of ungulate and avian species.
   15         (2) The application must:
   16         (a) Provide information relating to the principals and
   17  sponsors of the project.
   18         (b) Provide a description of the funding and sources of
   19  funding that will be used to support the project.
   20         (c) Identify the size, proximate location, and type of land
   21  sought.
   22         (d) Provide a detailed description of the proposed project,
   23  including a description of the research to be conducted and the
   24  animals that will be used in the research. A project involving
   25  mammalian species that are carnivores or primates is prohibited.
   26         (e) Provide a description of the infrastructure necessary
   27  to conduct the research project, including buildings, utilities,
   28  roadways, and containment facilities.
   29         (f) Provide a description of a plan to ensure timely
   30  recovery of animals that have escaped due to natural disasters
   31  or other unforeseen events.
   32         (3) The Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust
   33  Fund or the governing board of the water management district may
   34  approve the application if it determines that the proposed
   35  project is in the best interest of the state. In making its
   36  determination, the board of trustees or governing board shall
   37  consider:
   38         (a) Whether the project is consistent with the state’s
   39  goals for the lands that will be used for the project, as
   40  described in the approved land management plan for those lands,
   41  and will not cause harm to the land or the surrounding land.
   42         (b) Whether the project, through alliances and
   43  relationships with organizations, universities, federal and
   44  state agencies, or other members of the Association of Zoos and
   45  Aquariums, or otherwise, will have a positive economic impact on
   46  the state and the communities surrounding the project location.
   47         (4) The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shall
   48  provide technical assistance to the Board of Trustees of the
   49  Internal Improvement Trust Fund or to the governing board of the
   50  water management district in reviewing each application.
   51         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.
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   54         And the title is amended as follows:
   55         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   56  and insert:
   57                        A bill to be entitled                      
   58         An act relating to conservation of wildlife;
   59         authorizing certain zoos and aquariums to apply to the
   60         Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust
   61         Fund or the governing board of a water management
   62         district to use state lands or water management
   63         district lands for specified purposes; providing
   64         application requirements; providing criteria for the
   65         approval of such uses; requiring the Fish and Wildlife
   66         Conservation Commission to provide technical
   67         assistance in reviewing such applications; providing
   68         an effective date.