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[FL] House passes controversial environmental bill in minutes
Miami Herald ^ | April 30, 2011 | Mary Ellen Klas Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Posted on 05/01/2011 2:38:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

TALLAHASSEE -- With head-spinning speed, the Florida House took up and passed a major rewrite of state environmental laws late Friday that Florida conservation groups call one of the worst environmental bills in decades.

House lawmakers spent only seven minutes discussing, amending and voting on the 80-page bill just before the chamber was scheduled to adjourn at 8 p.m.

In that time, lawmakers accepted six amendments that attempt to mitigate environmentalists’ concerns over provisions they had described as a “monstrous threat to the environment.” They added the content of another bill making it easier for ports to dredge to accommodate bulkier ships. And they removed a section that prevented the ability of citizens to challenge environmentally sensitive projects.

House Speaker Dean Cannon, with the cadence of an auctioneer, then recognized bill sponsor Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, for a brief explanation, accepted no questions or debate, and the House voted 95-16 to send it to the Senate. There is no similar companion bill in the Senate, where it faces a difficult road to passage.

The bill streamlines or erases broad portions of environmental permitting, makes it easier to begin large rock mining projects, allows more development in wetlands, allows owners of leaking fuel tanks to avoid penalties, and limits the ability of local governments to require state and federal permits.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservation; energy; environment; privateproperty
It looks like Florida is putting out the "welcome" sign for business, as has Wisconsin and Texas.
1 posted on 05/01/2011 2:38:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Exactly why we voted for Rick Scott.
He promised to make Florida much more business friendly.

2 posted on 05/01/2011 2:53:21 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It seems that the concept of ever coming into a mutually satisfying agreement with environmentalists has come to a cross roads.

But hey, they’ve been shooting themselves in the foot for so long, it’s hard to accept anything from them as rational.

3 posted on 05/01/2011 2:59:32 AM PDT by Puckster
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What is most interesting was the vote count, and then the paper goes on to opine it will not be as easy in the Senate. Wishful thinking abounds.

4 posted on 05/01/2011 3:00:07 AM PDT by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s time state and local government elected officials start realizing that these ‘environmentalists’ are nothing more than recycled socialists and communists who want nothing more than to bring this country under ‘collective’ control that provides absolutely no protection of individual rights from whimisical meddling.

5 posted on 05/01/2011 3:04:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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It is such a relief to see legislators stand up to the madness of the environmentalists.

6 posted on 05/01/2011 3:08:45 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Florida 1, eco-terrorists 0

7 posted on 05/01/2011 3:22:25 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Bad news for the Okefenokee TREE-FROGGYS .. GOOD NEWS for the human being-ROGGYS


8 posted on 05/01/2011 3:42:54 AM PDT by flat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Bockscar; grey_whiskers; WL-law; IrishCatholic; Whenifhow; SolitaryMan; ...

Beam me to Planet Gore !

9 posted on 05/01/2011 4:07:23 AM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kudos to the people of Florida for electing good legislators locally and fantastic leaders statewide!!!!

10 posted on 05/01/2011 4:23:59 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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“She said that the bill eliminates 35 regulations intended to protect the environment “under the false pretense of stimulating the economy when, in fact. the only economic benefit will be to those special interests who crafted the bill.””

Here’s a mental disconnect. Debra Harrison, environmental lobbyist group spokesman, said this bill isn’t to help the economy, but only to help those who would profit by being able to do work they were previously forbidden by regulations to do. Does she think that the “profiteers” will do this work without buying equipment, hiring people, burying insurance, paying taxes? Won’t that help the economy?

Part of the bill is to allow ports to dredge to accommodate bigger ships. No big ships, no trade. More trade won’t help the economy?

During the ’73 gas crisis thousands of gas stations went out of business. There were literally four on every corner. A new business popped up in every one. Then, one day all the new businesses shut down, literally overnight. That’s because the EPA had ruled that the current property owners were liable for any leaking gas tanks buried on their property. The new owners stopped paying their mortgages and let the land go back to the banks. It was either that or have the EPA arbitrarily say they owned, say $50 million to clean up a tank.

Who can imagine that the regulation was good for the economy?

11 posted on 05/01/2011 5:15:17 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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I’ll bet the EPA and OSHA can still screw things up with a few choice regulations.

12 posted on 05/01/2011 6:32:17 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are .)
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To: jazzlite

Sadly most of the environmentalists (please don’t miss the mental in the name)are nothing more then green marxists. They have done more to destroy this countries infrastructure and economic ability than anything short of a complete communist take over.

13 posted on 05/01/2011 6:50:42 AM PDT by foundedonpurpose (Be strong in truth!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s about time states starting people first.

14 posted on 05/01/2011 8:05:26 AM PDT by FreeMaine
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