Florida Senate - 2012 SB 1456 By Senator Diaz de la Portilla 36-01291-12 20121456__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the conservation of wildlife; 3 providing for certain zoos and aquariums to apply to 4 the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement 5 Trust Fund for authorization to use state lands for 6 the purpose of conducting enhanced research; providing 7 information that must be provided in the application; 8 providing criteria that the board must consider in 9 reviewing the application; requiring the Fish and 10 Wildlife Conservation Commission to assist the board 11 and to adopt rules; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. (1) A zoo or aquarium having current 16 accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and 17 operating a facility in the state may apply to the Board of 18 Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund for 19 authorization to use state lands for the purpose of conducting 20 enhanced research in husbandry, reproductive biology, 21 endocrinology, nutrition, genetics, behavior, health, and 22 ecology which will ensure healthy wildlife populations for 23 native and foreign species of animals and birds. 24 (2) The application shall: 25 (a) Provide information relating to the principals and 26 sponsors of the project. 27 (b) Provide a description of the funding and the funding 28 sources that will be used to support the project. 29 (c) Identify the size, proximate location, and type of land 30 sought. 31 (d) Provide a detailed description of the proposed project, 32 including a description of the research to be conducted and the 33 animals that will be used in the research. However, a project 34 involving animal species that are carnivores or primates is 35 prohibited. 36 (e) Provide a description of the infrastructure that will 37 be necessary in order to conduct the research project, including 38 buildings, utilities, and roadways. 39 (3) The board of trustees may approve the application if it 40 determines that the proposed project is in the best interest of 41 the state. In making its determination, the board of trustees 42 shall consider: 43 (a) Whether the project is consistent with the state’s 44 goals for the lands that will be used for the project and will 45 not cause harm to the land or the surrounding land. 46 (b) Whether the project, through alliances and 47 relationships with organizations, universities, federal and 48 state agencies, or other members of the Association of Zoos and 49 Aquariums, or otherwise, creates a positive economic impact for 50 the state or the communities surrounding the project location. 51 (4) The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shall 52 provide technical assistance to the Board of Trustees of the 53 Internal Improvement Trust Fund in reviewing each application. 54 (5) The commission shall adopt rules to administer this 55 section. 56 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.