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Latvala: Governor won't do what we say 'he ought to'



Sen. Charlie Dean continued to press Monday for a repeal of 2010 law (which he voted for) requiring septic tanks owners to have their systems inspected once every five years.

Dean, R-Inverness, is pushing for a bill to come through his Environmental Preservation and Conservation committee that would repeal the inspection requirement, and instead allow counties to opt into a monitoring and inspection system. A model ordinance for counties to adopt would be drafted by the Department of Health. (Background here).

The repeal will likely get a good debate because of the trouble many legislators went to pass it last year. State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg, took a first shot against the bill by referencing his hesitation that Gov. Rick Scott will 1) Do what the Legislature says, or 2) hates regulations (which this bill would include).

"I am very reluctant to do away with the existing regulation of this issue on the if-come that perhaps the Department of Health will come up with a model ordinance," Latvala said. "We've got a governor who's not for regulation. We got a governor who's demonstrated last week that he's probably, necessarily not gonna do what the Legislature says he ought to do. And those departments work for him. I'm not comfortable with that part of the bill."

[Last modified: Monday, February 21, 2011 6:57pm]


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