Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 638
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and
       General Government (Montford) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. This act may be referred to as “The Apalachicola
    6  Environmental Stewardship Act.”
    7         Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
    8  259.105, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    9         259.105 The Florida Forever Act.—
   10         (3) Less the costs of issuing and the costs of funding
   11  reserve accounts and other costs associated with bonds, the
   12  proceeds of cash payments or bonds issued pursuant to this
   13  section shall be deposited into the Florida Forever Trust Fund
   14  created by s. 259.1051. The proceeds shall be distributed by the
   15  Department of Environmental Protection in the following manner:
   16         (b) Thirty-five percent to the Department of Environmental
   17  Protection for the acquisition of lands and capital project
   18  expenditures described in this section. Of the proceeds
   19  distributed pursuant to this paragraph, it is the intent of the
   20  Legislature that an increased priority be given to those
   21  acquisitions which achieve a combination of conservation goals,
   22  including protecting Florida’s water resources and natural
   23  groundwater recharge. At a minimum, 3 percent, and no more than
   24  10 percent, of the funds allocated pursuant to this paragraph
   25  shall be spent on capital project expenditures identified during
   26  the time of acquisition which meet land management planning
   27  activities necessary for public access. Beginning in the 2017
   28  2018 fiscal year and continuing through the 2026-2027 fiscal
   29  year, at least $5 million of the funds allocated pursuant to
   30  this paragraph shall be spent on land acquisition within the
   31  Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern as authorized
   32  pursuant to s. 259.045. Beginning in the 2020-2021 fiscal year
   33  and continuing through the 2024-2025 fiscal year, at least $5
   34  million of the funds allocated pursuant to this paragraph shall
   35  be spent on projects that improve surface water and groundwater
   36  quality within the Apalachicola Bay Area of Critical State
   37  Concern as designated under s. 380.0555, including the
   38  construction and replacement of stormwater management facilities
   39  and central sewage collection facilities, installation of onsite
   40  sewage treatment and disposal systems, direct and indirect
   41  potable reuse, and other water quality and water supply
   42  projects.
   43         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
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   46  And the title is amended as follows:
   47         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   48  and insert:
   49                        A bill to be entitled                      
   50         An act relating to the Apalachicola Environmental
   51         Stewardship Act; providing a short title; amending s.
   52         259.105, F.S.; requiring specified funds from the
   53         Florida Forever Fund to be spent on projects within
   54         the Apalachicola Bay Area of Critical State Concern
   55         for specified purposes; providing an effective date.