Everglades Foundation CEO calls on Scott to veto new water management rules
Everglades Foundation CEO Kirk Fordham urged Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to veto proposed changes to Florida's water management policies.
The proposal, SB 2142, changes current law by, among other things, allowing the Legislature and the governor the ability to shoot down the budgets of Florida's five water management districts -- power that currently only belongs to the governor.
The current system already provides a "depoliticized stage for water policy decisions," Fordham wrote, but SB 2142 would limit Scott's executive influence over what happens to state waters.
Here's an excerpt:
Simply put, SB 2142 would rob you, and future Governors, of your ability to control Florida water policy and the restoration of America's Everglades. Not only does SB 2142 remove important executive control, by providing the Legislative Budget Commission with line-item veto authority over the water management districts' budgets (in conflict with the Governor's authority), it also makes significant changes to the districts' budgets without going through the districts' current public process. For instance, unlike the current process, the ad valorem tax rates found within SB 2142 were not based on a single public hearing within the boundaries of each of the five water management districts.
Download the letter below.