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Wednesday, 02 March 2011 06:12

Rep. Workman votes FOR bad fertilizer bill

Written by  Marine Resources Council & others

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Updated March 24, 2011 at 4pm

HOUSE BILL 457
Rep. Ritch Workman of Melbourne voted YES for this bad fertilizer bill and his vote was all it took for the bill to pass 8 to 7 in the House Community and Military Affairs Subcommittee. All Democrats and two Republicans voted against the bill. All 'yes' votes were Republican. Bill referred to two additional House committees for additional consideration: Rule-making and Regulations Subcommittee, and State Affairs Committee.

SENATE BILL 606
Approved 4-0 in Ag Committee, referred to Community Affairs Committee and Rules and Budget Committee for additional consideration.

(Update thanks to Sierra Club Florida, and Maureen Rupe, Partnership for a Sustainable Future)

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March 8, 2011

STOP HIGH-PHOSPHOROUS CONTENT FERTILIZER

IN SENATE: BILL PULLED FROM COMMITTEE, VOTE POSTPONED

The Chairman of the Agricultural Committee Senator Gary Siplin pulled Senate Bill 606 from the committee’s March 7th agenda temporarily postponing vote on it. Senator Siplin stated he was pulling the bill because of local government concerns with the bill. He hopes their concerns can be straightened out. SB 606 will now be moved to the next meeting of the Agriculture committee which has yet to be scheduled.

If you haven’t contacted your legislators yet to let them know what you think of this bill.

Please contact Senator Siplin and let him know you support his action to help the local governments maintain their home rule.

(Update from Marine Resources Council)

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Update March 6, 2011

ACTION BEFORE 3pm MONDAY MARCH 7th REQUIRED:
Call or email FL Senators, we make it easy, contact info below.

Florida Senate Bill 606 (SB606) will be voted on in Agriculture Committee Meeting
3:15pm Monday, March 7, 2011.

SYNOPSIS: Florida waters suffer from phosphorous runoff; state makers of Florida-friendly fertilizer produce acceptable product, maybe free of phosphorous; a growing number of city and county governments want to restrict phosphorous runoff, therefore support Florida-produced fertilizer and do not allow sale of phosphorous content fertilizer. But big out-of-state interests and allies in Florida legislature are trying to push thru two bad bills, SB606 and HB457, to end local restrictions on phosphorous fertilizer. It's bad for Florida waters, and favors out-of-state big biz over Florida small biz. Stop the bad bill in Senate Ag Committee! We make it easy to call Senators.

OK to call (or email) ON SUNDAY or early Monday, leave a message!

(Note: HB 457 passed by House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee. Rep. Crisafulli (R) Merritt Island, voted FOR the bill.)

Bad Bill (SB606) is now in the Florida Senate Agriculture Committee, scheduled for vote on March 7th at 3:15pm committee meeting.

EASY ACTION! Please contact the committee members (contract info below) and let them know we want our local government to be able to control fertilizer pollution. Forward link to this information to Florida friends!

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Out-of-State Companies Want to Forbid Local Regulation of Fertilizer Pollution

The Florida Legislature is considering taking away local governments ability to regulate sales and use of fertilizer in Senate Bill 606 and House Bill 457. They claim they want to make regulations uniform statewide but actually out-of-state fertilizer companies are lobbying for dismantling all local regulations.

BACKGROUND

Current regulations by some local governments encourage use of fertilizers with no phosphorus since Florida soils are rich in phosphorus already. When these regulations passed in some areas, Home Depot saw the percentage of fertilizer sales shift from only 2% Florida companies before the regulations, to 70-90% Florida companies after the regulations.

Out-of-state fertilizer companies decided it was easier to lobby state legislators then to make a product beneficial for Florida lawns. They even created a Political Action Committee with Florida Fertilizer in their name but their contributors come from 13 states and Canada and include Florida Companies with only P.O. boxes, that are just fronts for the out-of-state companies.

These out-of-state fertilizers poison our waters with Phosphorus which trigger toxic algal blooms, red tides, fish kills and manatee and dolphin dieoffs.

They do not contain enough slow release nitrogen so they are cheaper to make but wash off your yard in the first rainfall and green your canals, rivers, lakes and estuaries instead. Tampa Bay’s National Estuary Program estimates 10% to 79% of Nitrogen pollution from residential areas are caused by fertilizer.

According to the St Johns River Water Management District: "source control is the most effective solution to address the adverse ecological and economic impacts of excessive nutrients [Phosphorus and Nitrogen] on Florida's springs, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters." but
Senate Bill 606 and House Bill 457 would void existing local regulations and forbid future local regulations.

Ordinances banning Phosphorus in lawn fertilizers in Michigan resulted in a 28% reduction of Phosphorus in the local waters.

OPPOSITION

The Florida League of Counties, dozens of Florida cities and counties, Coastal Angler Magazine, Anglers for Conservation, United Waterfowlers of Florida, KayakGuide.com, the Marine Resources Council, the Ocean River Institute and the Indian River Lagoon Riverkeeper are all in opposition to these bad bills.

If you want your local governments to have a say in the matter; if you want Florida companies to have a stake in Florida commerce; if you want to avoid out-of-state companies profiting from polluting Florida’s waters; you need to contact your state representatives!

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CONTACT LOCAL FLORIDA SENATORS

Name / Tallahassee Phone / Fax / Email

Senator Gary Siplin / (850) 487-5190 / (407) 522-2153
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Senator Larcenia J. Bullard / (850) 487-5127 / (305) 668-7346
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Senator JD Alexander / (850) 487-5044 / (863) 679-4851
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Senator Rene Garcia / (850) 487-5106 / (305) 364-3110
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Senator D. Alan Hays / (850) 487-5014 / (386) 736-5049
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Senator Joe Negron / (850) 487-5088 / (772) 219-1666
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Senator Thad Altman / (850) 487-5053 / no fax
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Senator Anitere Flores / (850) 487-5130 / (305) 270-6550
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Senator D. Alan Hays / (850) 487-5014 / (386) 736-5049
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Senator Gary Siplin / (850) 487-5190 / (407) 522-2153
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Senator Evelyn J. Lynn / (850) 487-5033 / (386) 238-3179
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Compiled by
Marine Resources Council
3275 Dixie Hwy. NE
Palm Bay, FL 32905
phone (321) 725-7775
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
web: www.mrcirl.org

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Thanks to Marine Resources Council for compiling this action information, for all of us!

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