FL - Lawmakers aim to clean up waterways through PACE modernization
They are sponsoring legislation to clear up loan terms and make septic-to-sewer projects eligible.
Several massive environmental proposals are up for consideration in the 2021 Legislative Session.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is again asking lawmakers for $625 million for water quality projects and he’s also pitching a new bonding program that would help local governments address sea-level rise.
House Speaker Chris Sprowls last week unveiled legislation that would put $100 million a year into flood mitigation and give tax breaks to homeowners who elevate their property.
And Senate President Wilton Simpson is backing a measure that would refocus Everglades restoration efforts on northern water storage rather than the southern reservoir projects preferred by his predecessors.
If those plans represent the macro level of Florida’s environmental policy, then a proposal sponsored by Rep. Randy Fine and Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez would be the micro.