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November 20, 2015

Bag Bill Legislative Update

Nov. 20th, 2015

Greetings Friends of our Oceans,

Believe it or not, we’re already very close to the 2016 Legislative Session! Here’s what you need to know about our bag bill this year.

  • Representative Richardson and Senator Bullard have filed Disposable Bags (HB143/S306) for the 2016 Legislative Session. This bill is identical to last year’s legislation, with one minor addition- we have defined coastal communities as those touching the Gulf, Atlantic or a bay.
  • HB143/S306 would allow municipalities with populations under 100,000 to create a pilot program to regulate or ban single-use plastic bags.
  • The pilot program runs until 2019 and is limited to coastal communities.
  • HB143/S306 restores home rule and gives local governments the ability to protect their communities from the harmful impacts single-use plastics.

How you can help:

  • Contact your city and county commission and ask them to pass a resolution of support! Over twenty cities have passed resolutions! Attached is a sample resolution.
  • Save the date for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day in Tallahassee on January 21st. Visit your legislators at the Capitol and help pass the bag bill!

Click here to download talking points, and you can find additional information on our bag ban efforts here. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for all your efforts to protect our oceans, waves and beaches!

 

Best,

Holly Parker

Florida Regional Manager

Surfrider Foundation

November 20, 2015

Florida Coasts & Oceans Lobby Day

Save the Date! We’re gathering in Tallahassee at the Florida State Capitol for the 2016 Coasts & Oceans Lobby Day on January 21st! Additional details to follow soon!

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November 16, 2015

Miami Chapter Hosts SoFla Movie Debut!

On November 12th, the Miami Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation hosted Miami’s premier screening of Psychic Migrations, Volcom’s red-hot new flick starring Dusty Payne, Mitch Coleborn, Ozzie Wright, Kelly Slater and more!

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