Florida Senate - 2018 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 168 Ì476914:Î476914 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Steube moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 379.2311, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 379.2311 Nonnative animal management.— 8 (1) As used in this section, the term “priority invasive 9 species” means the following: 10 (a) Lizards of the genus Tupinambis, also known as tegu 11 lizards; 12 (b) Species identified in s. 379.372(2)(a); 13 (c) Pterois volitans, also known as red lionfish; and 14 (d) Pterois miles, also known as the common lionfish or 15 devil firefish. 16 (2) The Legislature finds that priority invasive species 17 continue to expand their range and to decimate the fauna and 18 flora of the Everglades and other natural areas and ecosystems 19 in the southern and central parts of the state at an 20 accelerating rate. Therefore, the commission shall establish a 21 pilot program to mitigate the impact of priority invasive 22 species on the public lands or waters of this state. 23 (a) The goal of the pilot program is to examine the 24 benefits of using strategically deployed, trained private 25 contractors to slow the advance of priority invasive species, 26 contain their populations, and eradicate them from this state. 27 (b) In implementing the pilot program, the commission may 28 enter into contracts in accordance with chapter 287 with 29 entities or individuals to capture or destroy animals belonging 30 to priority invasive species found on public lands or in the 31 waters of this state. Any private contracted work to be 32 performed on public land or in the waters of the state not owned 33 or managed by the commission must have the consent of the owner. 34 (c) The commission shall ensure that all captures and 35 disposals of animals that belong to these priority invasive 36 species are documented and photographed and that the geographic 37 location of the take is recorded for research purposes. The 38 commission shall direct the disposal of all animals captured and 39 not destroyed in removal efforts. 40 (d) The commission shall submit a report of findings and 41 recommendations regarding its implementation of the pilot 42 program to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 43 Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1, 2021. 44 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018. 45 46 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 47 And the title is amended as follows: 48 Delete everything before the enacting clause 49 and insert: 50 A bill to be entitled 51 An act relating to nonnative animals; creating s. 52 379.2311, F.S.; defining the term “priority invasive 53 species”; providing legislative findings; requiring 54 the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to 55 establish a pilot program for the eradication of 56 priority invasive species; providing the goal of the 57 pilot program; authorizing the commission to enter 58 into specified contracts; specifying parameters for 59 the implementation of the pilot program; specifying 60 procedures for the capture and disposal of animals 61 that belong to priority invasive species; requiring 62 the commission to submit a report to the Governor and 63 the Legislature by a specified date; providing an 64 effective date.