Florida Senate - 2012                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 604
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                   Comm: RS            .                                
                  02/06/2012           .                                

       The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
       (Latvala) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5  Section 1.  Present subsection (1) through (8) of section
    6  482.1562, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (2)
    7  through (9), respectively, a new subsection (1) is added to that
    8  section and present subsections (2), and (8) of that section are
    9  amended, to read:
   10         482.1562 Limited certification for urban landscape
   11  commercial fertilizer application.—
   12         (1) The Legislature finds that the implementation of best
   13  management practices for commercial fertilizer application to
   14  urban landscapes is a critical component of the state’s efforts
   15  to minimize potential impacts to water quality.
   16         (3)(2) Beginning January 1, 2014, any person applying
   17  commercial fertilizer to an urban landscape must be certified
   18  under this section. A person certified under this section must
   19  follow best management practices for commercial fertilizer
   20  application to urban landscapes as established by the Department
   21  of Environmental Protection. A person certified under this
   22  section is exempt from local government ordinances that address
   23  the fertilization of urban turfs, lawns, and landscapes.
   24         (9)(8) The department shall may provide information
   25  concerning the certification status of persons certified under
   26  this section to other local and state governmental agencies. The
   27  department is encouraged to create an online database that lists
   28  all persons certified under this section.
   29         Section 2. Subsections (5) and (6) are added to section
   30  403.9337, Florida Statutes, to read:
   31         (5) The provisions of s. 482.1562(3) do not limit the
   32  authority of the department or water management districts
   33  pursuant to chapter 373 or chapter 403 to adopt rules or issue
   34  orders relating to fertilizer practices that are necessary to
   35  achieve compliance with applicable water quality standards or to
   36  implement federally authorized or delegated programs.
   37         (6) The department shall submit a report on the
   38  effectiveness of seasonal or calendar-based prohibited
   39  application periods for the fertilization of urban turfs, lawns
   40  and landscapes on the water quality of the state to the
   41  Governor, President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House
   42  of Representatives, by December 31, 2016.
   43         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.
   45  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   46         And the title is amended as follows:
   47         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   48  and insert:
   49                        A bill to be entitled                      
   50         An act relating to limited certification for urban
   51  landscape commercial fertilizer application; amending s.
   52  482.1562, F.S.; providing legislative findings; requiring
   53  persons who hold a limited certification to follow the model
   54  ordinance; providing exemptions; requiring local governments to
   55  establish a variance process; allowing application of fertilizer
   56  during certain periods; providing for sunset of certain
   57  provisions; requiring the Department of Agriculture and Consumer
   58  Services to provide specified information to other local and
   59  state governmental agencies; amending s. 403.9337, F.S.;
   60  allowing the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt
   61  certain rules; requiring a report; providing an effective date.