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FL - Florida bill acknowledging climate-change realities advances to Senate floor

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday signed off on a bill that will create the Florida Office of Resiliency and a nine-member task force to develop strategies to address rising sea levels fostered by climate change.

Perhaps the most notable element of Senate Bill 7016, crafted by the Senate Infrastructure & Security Committee, is the repeated use of the words “climate change” in the bill's analysis – words banned from being written, uttered or whispered by state officials during Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s eight-year tenure.

SB 7016, endorsed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as part of his effort to replace ideology with science in state environmental policy, has secured three unanimous panel endorsements and now moves onto the Senate floor for a chamber vote.

SB 7016, endorsed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as part of his effort to replace ideology with science in state environmental policy, has secured three unanimous panel endorsements and now moves onto the Senate floor for a chamber vote.

Its House companion, House Bill 1073, co-filed by Reps. Cyndi Stevenson, R-St. Augustine, and Ana Maria Rodriguez, R-Doral, faces a hearing in the House State Affairs Committee before presentation onto the House floor.

The measures create the Office of Resiliency within the Governor’s Office. The new office already has a leader, Julie Nesheiwat, who DeSantis named Florida’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer in August.

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