2022 Environmental & Water Quality Bills Introduced by Brevard County State Representatives

Representative Thad Altman introduced the following bills:

HB 4635: $921,500 appropriation for Florida Tech to do research to restore lagoon inflow. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=75323

HB 105 (with Rep Fine): Would authorize counties and municipalities to further restrict smoking within boundaries of public beaches and public parks. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=73147

Representative Randy Fine introduced the following bills:

HB 621: Prohibits administering agency from disbursing funds from any category of General Appropriations Act for infrastructure projects under certain conditions; requires grantees to use revenues for infrastructure projects for specific activities only; prohibits water management districts from disbursing funds to grantees for water-related projects unless certain conditions are met; prohibits potential grantees from seeking funds for water-related projects under certain conditions; provides criteria under which applicants may apply for water project grant funding; prohibits applicants from seeking water project grant funding under certain conditions. Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74388

HB 2091: Provides $460,000 appropriation for the West Melbourne Flood Risk Reduction. Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=73345

HB 2187: Provides $1,300,000 appropriation for the Melbourne Spring Creek Water Quality Project. Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=73469

HB 2263: Provides $950,000 appropriation for the Brevard Zoo Aquarium. Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=73578

HB 2823: Provides $1,200,000 appropriation for the Palm Bay Turkey Creek Water Quality Baffle Box Projects. Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74160

HB 3697: Provides $450,000 appropriation for the Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Septic Upgrades to Advanced Treatment Units Phase 2 (50 sites). Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74671

HB 3699: Provides $450,000 appropriation for the Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Quick Connects to Sewer Phase 2 (50 sites). Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74672

HB 9193: Provides $2,000,000 appropriation for the Harmful Algal Bacteria - Indian River Lagoon. Link: https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=75850

Representative Tyler Sirois introduced the following bills:

HB 4119: Provides $390,000 appropriation for the Rockledge Biosolids Final Design. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=68322

HB 349: Authorizes Board of Trustees of Internal Improvement Trust Fund to grant easements on sovereignty submerged lands for specified mitigation banks; directs DEP to create & modify specified rules; exempts certain docks on recorded easements from certain permit & verification requirements; granting certain docks authorization to use submerged lands upon approval of board; provides that specified structures associated with docks create presumption of specified compliance. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=73583

HB 1151: Creates task force within DEP; provides for membership, organization, duties, staffing, & repeal of task force; requires task force to submit annual report to Governor & Legislature. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=75953

HB 2431: Provides $350,000 appropriation for the University of Florida Resilience to PFAS Contamination in Brevard County. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=73780

HB 3119: Provides $750,000 appropriation for the Ocean Research and Conservation Association Kilroy Monitoring Systems in the Indian River Lagoon. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74341

HB 3373: Provides $3,155,00 appropriation for the Brevard County Indian River Lagoon and Max Brewer Causeway Shoreline Stabilization and Protection. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74489

HB 3885: Provides $4,000,000 appropriation for the Cocoa Beach (Brevard County) Muck Dredging and Capping. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74816

Representative Rene “Coach P” Plasencia introduced the following bills:

HB 4157: Provides $2,000,000 appropriation for the Titusville Indian River Avenue Force Main Improvements. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74986&fbclid=IwAR2graQBSpFOE5wkbTFfo0ZzU6xduB_bqct2FdBpSMznb3Ox9IHM-Pd2f0Q

HB 4159: Provides $500,000 appropriation for the Titusville Osprey Water Reclamation Plant Nutrient Removal Upgrade. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=74987&fbclid=IwAR0FzTVrPNtZFjWH9WJwMyeDOlhNl-i-u6sN9NPbq10RTs7QgaWNWPImthk

HB 4727: Provides $500,000 appropriation for the Titusville Enhanced Drinking Water Treatment. Link: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=75375&fbclid=IwAR2RW53eUPn52sMq5ENys7l5o8aZVTW5NUKMDDXb2wfUITHu9Xz9brmudis

Photo by Tim Short in this article with Florida Today

Stel Bailey

Stel Bailey, a cancer cluster survivor and environmental health advocate, is a researcher and journalist with more than two decades of multimedia experience, having been published globally.

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