Florida Senate - 2018                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 168
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Steube moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 379.2311, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         379.2311Nonnative 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.
   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.