Florida Senate - 2020 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. SB 638 Ì595990LÎ595990 576-04130-20 Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations (Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government) 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Apalachicola Environmental 3 Stewardship Act; providing a short title; amending s. 4 259.105, F.S.; requiring specified funds from the 5 Florida Forever Fund to be spent on projects within 6 the Apalachicola Bay Area of Critical State Concern 7 for specified purposes; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. This act may be referred to as “The Apalachicola 12 Environmental Stewardship Act.” 13 Section 2. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section 14 259.105, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 15 259.105 The Florida Forever Act.— 16 (3) Less the costs of issuing and the costs of funding 17 reserve accounts and other costs associated with bonds, the 18 proceeds of cash payments or bonds issued pursuant to this 19 section shall be deposited into the Florida Forever Trust Fund 20 created by s. 259.1051. The proceeds shall be distributed by the 21 Department of Environmental Protection in the following manner: 22 (b) Thirty-five percent to the Department of Environmental 23 Protection for the acquisition of lands and capital project 24 expenditures described in this section. Of the proceeds 25 distributed pursuant to this paragraph, it is the intent of the 26 Legislature that an increased priority be given to those 27 acquisitions which achieve a combination of conservation goals, 28 including protecting Florida’s water resources and natural 29 groundwater recharge. At a minimum, 3 percent, and no more than 30 10 percent, of the funds allocated pursuant to this paragraph 31 shall be spent on capital project expenditures identified during 32 the time of acquisition which meet land management planning 33 activities necessary for public access. Beginning in the 2017 34 2018 fiscal year and continuing through the 2026-2027 fiscal 35 year, at least $5 million of the funds allocated pursuant to 36 this paragraph shall be spent on land acquisition within the 37 Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern as authorized 38 pursuant to s. 259.045. Beginning in the 2020-2021 fiscal year 39 and continuing through the 2024-2025 fiscal year, at least $5 40 million of the funds allocated pursuant to this paragraph shall 41 be spent on projects that improve surface water and groundwater 42 quality within the Apalachicola Bay Area of Critical State 43 Concern as designated under s. 380.0555, including the 44 construction and replacement of stormwater management facilities 45 and central sewage collection facilities, installation of onsite 46 sewage treatment and disposal systems, direct and indirect 47 potable reuse, and other water quality and water supply 48 projects. 49 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.