What Might Have Been
On March 5 of this year, my opponent voted in favor of HB 1149. Among other things, this bill would have allowed treated wastewater to be used for recharging Florida’s aquifers. If it had passed, our drinking and surface water could have been polluted with contaminants like pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and microplastics.
HB 1149 also threatened to further drain our already depleted aquifers, and would’ve allowed for the reissuance of large project construction permits – even if ownership of the property had changed.
These permits would have been exempt from any new regulations adopted in the intervening time frame, for a period of up to ten years.
The built-in loopholes were positively sinister.
Too Close for Comfort
Thankfully, the bill was vetoed. Even though it passed both the Senate and the House, citizens like you put up enough opposition to this environmental threat to shoot it down in the final stretch. But it was a close call. We need better leadership NOW to protect Florida right now, and for future generations.
Join me! Support my campaign, and I’ll work to keep our water clean.
~Dr. Linda Jack