Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 230 Ì283932/Î283932 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 02/22/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation (Artiles) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 379.2311, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 379.2311 Nonnative animal management.— 8 (1) As used in this section, the term: 9 (a) “Pet dealer” means any person who, in the ordinary 10 course of business, engages in the sale of more than 20 animals 11 per year to the public. This term includes breeders who sell 12 animals directly to consumers. 13 (b) “Priority invasive species” means the following 14 species: 15 1. Lizards of the genus Tupinambis, also known as tegu 16 lizards. 17 2. Species listed in s. 379.372(2)(a). 18 3. Pterois volitans, also known as red lionfish. 19 4. Pterois miles, also known as the common lionfish or 20 devil firefish. 21 (2) The commission shall establish a pilot program to 22 mitigate the impact of priority invasive species on the public 23 lands or waters of this state. 24 (a) The Legislature finds that priority invasive species 25 continue to expand their range and to decimate the fauna and 26 flora of the Everglades and other natural areas and ecosystems 27 in the southern and central parts of the state at an 28 accelerating rate. 29 (b) The goal of the pilot program is to examine the 30 benefits of using strategically deployed, trained private 31 contractors to slow the advance of these nonnative animals, 32 contain their populations, and eradicate them from this state. 33 (c) To implement the pilot program, the commission may 34 enter into contracts in accordance with chapter 287 with 35 entities or individuals to capture or destroy these nonnative 36 animals found on public lands or in the waters of the state. Any 37 private contracted work to be performed on public land or in the 38 waters of the state not owned or managed by the commission must 39 have the consent of the owner. 40 (d) The commission shall ensure that all captures and 41 disposals of these nonnative animals are documented and 42 photographed and that the geographic location of the take is 43 recorded for research purposes. The commission shall direct the 44 disposal of all animals captured and not destroyed in removal 45 efforts. 46 (e) The commission shall submit a report of findings and 47 recommendations regarding its implementation of the pilot 48 program to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 49 Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1, 2020. 50 (3) Before selling, reselling, or offering for sale any 51 nonnative animal specified by the commission pursuant to 52 paragraph (a), pet dealers must implant in the animal or have 53 the animal implanted with a passive integrated transponder (PIT) 54 tag as specified by the commission. The commission shall adopt 55 rules implementing this subsection, including: 56 (a) Identifying nonnative animals that threaten the state’s 57 wildlife habitats and therefore must be implanted with a PIT 58 tag; and 59 (b) Establishing a standard for the types of PIT tags which 60 must be used by pet dealers and the manner in which they must be 61 implanted. 62 Section 2. For the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 fiscal years, 63 the sum of $300,000 each year in nonrecurring funds is 64 appropriated from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Fish 65 and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the purpose of 66 implementing s. 379.2311. 67 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017. 68 69 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 70 And the title is amended as follows: 71 Delete everything before the enacting clause 72 and insert: 73 A bill to be entitled 74 An act relating to nonnative animals; creating s. 75 379.2311, F.S.; defining the terms “pet dealer” and 76 “priority invasive species”; requiring the Fish and 77 Wildlife Conservation Commission to establish a pilot 78 program for the eradication of priority invasive 79 species; providing legislative findings; providing 80 goals for the pilot program; authorizing the 81 commission to enter into specified contracts; 82 specifying parameters for the implementation of the 83 pilot program; specifying procedures for handling 84 captures and the disposal of the animals; requiring 85 the commission to submit a report to the Governor and 86 the Legislature by a specified date; requiring certain 87 nonnative species to be implanted with a passive 88 integrated transponder before sale, resale, or being 89 offered for sale by a pet dealer; requiring the 90 commission to adopt rules; providing appropriations; 91 providing an effective date.