Rep. Randy Fine Bill Creating $50 Million Lagoon Matching Fund To Be Heard Oct. 23; Altman Co-Sponsors
By Space Coast Daily // October 22, 2019
first meeting of 2020 Legislative Session’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Representative Randy Fine will present his first bill of the 2020 Legislative Session on Wednesday, HB 2053, which is an appropriations request in the amount of $50 million to fund a new Indian River Lagoon State Matching Grant Program.
“I am so excited that on the first meeting of the 2020 Legislative Session’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee in which bills will be considered, the Chair determined this request worthy of consideration,” said Fine.
“This $50 million dollars would match another $50 million of local funds to extend sewer systems to septic-only areas, help those with existing sewer lines hook up, and increase the nutrient removal capabilities of existing wastewater treatment plants. All of these are essential to save the Indian River Lagoon.”
In addition, Fine announced that fellow Brevard State Representative Thad Altman co-sponsored HB 2053.
“I have worked on environmental issues for my entire legislative career, and there is nothing more important to our local area than saving the Indian River Lagoon,” said Altman.
“We have a multi-billion dollar problem to solve and I am proud to partner with Representative Fine to get this critical program off the ground.”
HB 2053 will be heard tomorrow in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee of the Florida House in Morris Hall, which is 17 House Office Building.
The meeting will also be streamed live on the Florida Channel. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and it is anticipated that HB 2053 will be heard close to the beginning of the meeting.
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