Gardiner Issues Statement On Water & Natural Resources

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The Florida Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation today passed Senate Bill 918, Environmental Resources, by Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), which outlines a comprehensive, statewide water and natural resources policy for Florida.

Andy Gardiner

Andy Gardiner

Senate President Andy Gardiner (R-Orlando) released the following statement.

“Two months ago, Speaker Crisafulli and I made a commitment that the House and Senate would work together to develop a statewide water and natural resources policy for Florida. That pledge is reflected in Senate Bill 918, which includes key environmental and water policy issues brought forward by both chambers.

“By enhancing our focus on preserving Florida’s unique springs, developing our statewide trail system, improving public access to conservation lands for recreation, and creating a transparent process to evaluate state tax dollars spent on water projects, this legislation addresses many priorities of our Senators. Following last week’s workshop on similar legislation passed by the Florida House, the bill as amended today now includes many priorities of our House colleagues as well.

“There is still work to do on this important issue, but I am confident we will close out this session with a statewide policy that will allow for better long-term planning and accountability for environmental policy and spending that can make a real difference in the lives of current and future Floridians.”

Steve Crisafulli

Steve Crisafulli

Outlined in their Work Plan 2015 agenda, establishing a statewide strategy for water and natural resources is a joint priority of President Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). For more information, please visit the Florida Senate online.


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