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Florida Legislature Passes Environmental Regulation Reform Package

Posted Friday, May 10th, 2013

On the last day of session, the Florida Legislature passed a suite of regulatory reform measures under a bill sponsored by Representative Patronis, CS/CS/CS/HB 999. Among the many provisions in the legislation, the bill reforms various state laws related to marinas, boating, and boat shows, as well as clarifies regulations related to water wells, docks, consumptive use permits, farm ponds, accidental wetlands, and operation license fees for major sources of air pollution. The bill also adds construction of FERC-certified interstate natural gas pipelines as an activity qualifying for expedited permitting and summary hearing if challenged. HGS attorneys, Frank Matthews and David Childs, successfully lobbied for the passage of the bill, working closely with the bill sponsors, Representative Patronis and Senator Altman, as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and a host of other interested stakeholders.

For more information, please contact Frank Matthews and David Childs

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