Florida voters passed the Water and Land Conservation Amendment in November. It requires one third of documentary stamp revenue – a tax on real estate transactions - to go toward environmental initiatives.
The Florida Legislature must spend a portion of the documentary stamp money on environmental programs, like buying land and preserving springs.
Senate President Andy Gardiner has suggested using the amendment to craft a five-year plan for long-term water and conservation projects.
Lawmakers will determine how the amendment is put into action. So they’re asking for ideas. The Florida Senate has a page on its website for public comment. Committee members will meet over the next few months to review the comments as they draft legislation.
Up to $20 billion is expected to be generated for conservation efforts over the next 20 years.
Click here to tell lawmakers how they should implement the amendment.