Florida Senate - 2011 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 770 Barcode 434018 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/14/2011 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 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)(a)Distribution of the unclaimed deposits: $500,000 15 shall be transferred from the Department of Community Affairs, 16 or the Department of Community Affairs' successor agency, to the 17 Department of Environmental Protection, Ecosystem Management and 18 Restoration Trust Fund, for the purpose of improving water 19 quality in Silver Springs. 20 (b) The remaining balance of the unclaimed deposits/funds 21 shall be transferred to the Grants and Donations Trust Fund 22 within the Department of Community Affairs, or the Department of 23 Community Affairs' successor agency, to be used to supplement 24 the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the purpose of 25 assisting low income households in meeting the costs of home 26 heating and cooling bills. These funds will be administered 27 through the same local provider agencies that presently 28 administer the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. 29 Section 2. Appropriation 30 (1)The Department of Environmental Protection is hereby 31 appropriated $500,000 from the Ecosystem Management and 32 Restoration Trust Fund for the purpose of improving water 33 quality in Silver Springs. These funds are to be directed to the 34 implementation of remediation actions that have the effect of 35 reducing nitrate loads to the spring. The department shall 36 coordinate with Marion County in identifying and selecting which 37 project has the greatest benefit based on estimated nitrate 38 reductions and consistency with the long-term plans of Marion 39 County. 40 (2) The Department of Community Affairs, or its successor 41 agency, is hereby appropriated $3.5 million from the Grants and 42 Donations Trust Fund and shall be used by local Low-Income Home 43 Energy Assistance Program provider agencies to meet the energy 44 needs of eligible applicants. 45 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011. 46 47 48 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 49 And the title is amended as follows: 50 Delete everything before the enacting clause 51 and insert: 52 A bill to be entitled 53 An act relating to unclaimed deposits held by utilities; 54 amending s. 717.108, F.S.; requiring that any unclaimed deposits 55 held by a utility be deposited into the Grants and Donations 56 Trust Fund located in the Department of Community Affairs, or 57 its successor agency, to supplement the Low Income Home Energy 58 Assistance Program; and the Ecosystem Management and Restoration 59 Trust Fund located in the Department of Environmental Protection 60 to improve the water quality in Silver Springs; providing 61 appropriations; providing an effective date.