Florida House creates new committee to focus on water issues
Former governor Charley E. Johns tours a state river during a legislators' boat trip in the 1950s | Florida State Library & Archives
House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, announced today the creation of the Select Committee on Water Policy to re-examine the Florida Water Resources Act of 1972. This two-year-old document from the University of Florida calls the state water law "one of the most comprehensive and progressive water regulatory systems in the nation," but identified several areas of concern.
"We must thoughtfully address the profoundly important issue of Florida's water resources before our problems develop into a crisis," Cannon said in a release.
Water issues might seem odd for Floridians dealing with unemployment, foreclosure and/or any other dire economic trend in the state. But some of Florida's political issues view water as a top issue. Republican Bill McCollum launched his gubernatorial campaign in 2009 talking about water issues. Of course, he ended up losing in the primary.
Cannon, who has yet to assign lawmakers to more traditional committee -- such as the one dealing with the budget, said Trudi Williams, R-Fort Myers, will serve as chairwoman of the water committee. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, is vice chairman.