Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1456 Barcode 771374 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) 2 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. 52 53 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 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.