Florida Chamber-Backed Comprehensive Water Bill Signed by Governor

Today, Florida took an important step toward securing Florida’s water future, when Governor Scott signed the Florida Chamber-backed water bill into law. This bi-partisan effort is a step in the right direction to ensure that Florida’s water future doesn’t go the way of California.

The Florida Chamber thanks House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Representative Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres), Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam as well as Florida Chamber members, local chambers of commerce and members of the Florida Chamber’s water coalition for their help in this success.

 

What Does This Law Mean for You?

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Comprehensive Water Bill Passes, Heads to Governor For Signature

The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Legislature for fully passing a Florida Chamber-backed comprehensive water bill today that will help secure our state’s water future.

SB 552, sponsored by Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), takes meaningful steps, using science-based solutions, to help ensure Florida’s water future doesn’t go the way of California.

This measure, which now heads to Governor Rick Scott for signature:

  • Will help ensure clean and abundant water,
  • Reduce the prospect of “water wars” among users in resource-limited areas, and
  • Promote strategic partnerships between the public and private sector in achieving water resource development goals.

The Florida Chamber Foundation estimates that by 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home. We commend House Speaker Steve Crisafulli,  Senator Charlie Dean, Representative Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres),  and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for continuing to champion Florida’s water future.

What’s Next for This Bill

The bill now heads to Governor Scott’s desk to await signature.

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Water Bill En-Route to Governor’s Desk

Ensures Clean and Abundant Water for Future Growth

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 14, 2016) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Legislature for fully passing a Florida Chamber-backed comprehensive water bill today that will help secure our state’s water future.

 

“The Florida Chamber has long supported science-backed efforts that will ensure our state can meet the demands of today and of the future,” said Christopher Emmanuel, Director of Infrastructure and Governance Policy at the Florida Chamber. “This bill is a meaningful step in the right direction to help ensure Florida’s water future doesn’t go the way of California. This bi-partisan effort is a fantastic start to Florida’s 2016 Legislative Session.”

 

With six million more residents expected to call Florida home by 2030, the Florida Chamber of Commerce believes that securing Florida’s water future is essential in preparing Florida’s infrastructure for smart growth and development.

Bill sponsor Rep. Matt Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres) this week appeared on The Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, saying “It’s no secret water is a key component to our success here in Florida.”

The Florida Chamber thanks House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Senator Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Representative Matt Caldwell (R- Lehigh Acres), and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for continuing to champion Florida’s water future.

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