Governor signs bills to streamline environmental permitting, allow sponsorship of trails

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Gov. Rick Scott signed bills that will streamline environmental permitting and allow sponsorship of state trails, reports Bruce Ritchie.

HB 503 relating to environmental permitting passed the House and Senate without any votes against it. The bill had faced early environmental opposition but that disappeared as the bill was modified.

HB 503 also closes a loophole created by legislation in 2010 that would have allowed some counties with garbage incinerators to claim they were recycling more than 100 percent of their waste, which is impossible.

SB 268, allowing sponsorships of state trails, faced opposition from outdoor enthusiasts who said it would allow the corporate naming of trails and advertising in natural areas.

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