Florida Legislature passes comprehensive water bill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jan. 15, 2016 – The Florida House overwhelmingly approved a statewide water-policy bill strongly backed by Florida Realtors heading into the 2016 legislative session. A day earlier, the Florida Senate unanimously supported the bill.
The bill (SB 552) was sent to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature, which is expected, and he has until Jan. 21, 2016, to sign it. Lawmakers have worked to advance the bill for more than two years.
"Passage of SB 552 provides a strong foundation for a comprehensive statewide policy that addresses key aspects of water management, water quality and water supply," says Carrie O'Rourke, Florida Realtors vice president of public policy.
"Florida's Realtors are passionate about the state's water resources," O'Rourke adds. "No matter where you live in Florida, there's a body of water that is a part of your community. We thank members of the House and Senate for passing this great bill."
Florida Realtors 2016 Talking Points outlined the soon-to-be law's benefits:
Once signed by the governor, the new law becomes effective July 1, 2016. In addition to new rules, it will also create a starting point for future water protection measures.
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