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Thu May 13, 2021, 07:28 AM

More FL Comedy: DeAthsentence Signs "Most Robust Plan" Ever On Sea Level Rise

Of course, it's the only legislative action Floriduh has ever taken on SLR, so technically he's not wrong.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two bills Wednesday that lawmakers say will leave Florida better prepared for future flooding and sea level rise. The bills, SB 1954 and SB 2514, will — among other things — set aside hundreds of millions of state dollars for flooding infrastructure projects. The Republican-led efforts would redirect a significant portion of that money from an affordable housing trust fund to the storm hardening efforts. “The Legislature delivered on my calls for meaningful, significant investments in resiliency,” DeSantis said at a bill signing ceremony in Tarpon Springs, surrounded by lawmakers.

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Florida’s Legislature for most of the last decade has taken little action and entertained hardly any public discussion about sea level rise. Dubbed the “Always Ready” agenda, the slate signed Wednesday is lawmakers’ “most robust plan” ever to address the problem, said House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor.

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While pushing this legislation, Sprowls has brushed aside criticism that state leaders are choosing to focus on expensive consequences of climate change rather than acting on causes. Critics say the state could take more proactive measures like strictly regulating fossil fuel emissions that contribute to warming.

“While it’s progress to see Governor DeSantis and Florida’s Republican leadership at long last acknowledge the harm local communities are seeing because of climate change, this legislation does nothing to get at the root of the problem,” Susan Glickman, Florida director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, wrote in a statement.

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https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida-politics/2021/05/12/desantis-signs-landmark-florida-sea-level-rise-bills-into-law/

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