Florida Senate - 2016                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 552
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 4/F/2R          .                                
             01/13/2016 11:21 AM       .                                

       Senator Soto moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 3880 and 3881
    4  insert:
    5         Section 38. (1) The Department of Environmental Protection
    6  shall contract with an independent, nongovernmental entity for
    7  an economic, environmental, and policy study analyzing water use
    8  fees in this state. This study should be modeled after the 1991
    9  study by Chase Securities entitled “Capitalizing a Water
   10  Resource Trust Fund with Water Use Fee Revenues: Feasibility and
   11  Effects, which analyzed possible implementation of
   12  Recommendation 18 of the report entitled “Governor’s Water
   13  Resource Commission Final Report,” submitted to Governor Bob
   14  Martinez, December 1, 1989.
   15         (2)The study must address the following:
   16         (a) Projected water usage in the state and potential
   17  revenues from that usage, factoring in price elasticity and
   18  possible credits;
   19         (b) Operating assumptions for a Water Resources Trust Fund,
   20  including the mix of loans and grants, interest rates, leverage,
   21  and capitalization requirements, and recommendations for
   22  allocation of trust fund revenues;
   23         (c) The impact of various fee levels, by county, on
   24  residential use, industry, and agriculture;
   25         (d) The positive and negative aspects of applying fees
   26  universally and selectively;
   27         (e) A review of water conservation technologies in
   28  agriculture and industry and how their deployment might be
   29  affected by various fee levels;
   30         (f) Identification of a means of ensuring that low-income
   31  residents would not be disadvantaged by water fees;
   32         (g) Recommendations on how pricing might vary by region or
   33  type of usage;
   34         (h) Recommendations on how fees might be collected from
   35  residential self-supply wells;
   36         (i) Recommendations on how to ensure universal water
   37  metering; and
   38         (j) Metering and billing options.
   39         (3)The study must be completed and made publicly available
   40  by July 1, 2017.
   42  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   43  And the title is amended as follows:
   44         Delete line 203
   45  and insert:
   46         findings by a certain date; requiring the department
   47         to contract with an independent, nongovernmental
   48         entity for an economic, environmental, and policy
   49         study analyzing water use fees; requiring the study to
   50         include certain information; requiring that the study
   51         be completed and made publicly available by a
   52         specified date; providing a declaration of