Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 198 Ì288378^Î288378 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/22/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation (Stewart) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (6) of section 20.255, Florida 6 Statutes, is amended to read: 7 20.255 Department of Environmental Protection.—There is 8 created a Department of Environmental Protection. 9 (6) There is created as a part of the Department of 10 Environmental Protection an Environmental Regulation Commission. 11 (a) The commission shall be composed of seven residents of 12 this state appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by 13 the Senate. In making appointments, the Governor shall provide 14 reasonable representation from all sections of the state. 15 Membership shall be representative of agriculture, the 16 development industry, local government, the environmental 17 community, lay citizens, and members of the scientific and 18 technical community who have substantial expertise in the areas 19 of the fate and transport of water pollutants, toxicology, 20 epidemiology, geology, biology, environmental sciences, or 21 engineering. 22 (b) The Governor shall, within 90 days after the occurrence 23 of a vacancy on the commission, appoint a new member, subject to 24 confirmation by the Senate. 25 (c) The Governor shall appoint the chair, and the vice 26 chair shall be elected from among the membership. All 27 appointments shall be for 4-year terms. 28 (d)
The Governor may at any time fill a vacancy for the29 unexpired term.The members of the commission shall serve 30 without compensation, but shall be paid travel and per diem as 31 provided in s. 112.061 while in the performance of their 32 official duties. Administrative, personnel, and other support 33 services necessary for the commission shall be furnished by the 34 department. The commission may employ independent counsel and 35 contract for the services of outside technical consultants. 36 Section 2. Subsection (4) is added to section 403.805, 37 Florida Statutes, to read: 38 403.805 Secretary; powers and duties; review of specified 39 rules.— 40 (4) Any proposed rule containing standards to be submitted 41 to the commission for approval, modification, or disapproval 42 pursuant to subsection (1) requires a simple majority for 43 approval or modification, unless the rule pertains to any of the 44 following, in which case approval or modification must be by a 45 super majority of five votes: 46 (a) Air quality standards. 47 (b) Water quality and quantity standards. 48 49 Proposed rules that fail to receive the votes required for 50 approval or modification pursuant to this subsection are deemed 51 disapproved. 52 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017. 53 54 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 55 And the title is amended as follows: 56 Delete everything before the enacting clause 57 and insert: 58 A bill to be entitled 59 An act relating to the Environmental Regulation 60 Commission; amending s. 20.255, F.S.; requiring the 61 Governor to appoint a new member to the commission 62 within a certain timeframe after the occurrence of a 63 vacancy; amending s. 403.805, F.S.; requiring certain 64 proposed rules submitted to the commission to receive 65 specified vote totals for approval or modification; 66 providing an effective date.