Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 230
                              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)
    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.
   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.