House and Senate budget negotiators said Friday they can’t agree on a budget conforming bill that would require increased budget oversight of the state’s five water management districts, reports Bruce Ritchie of the Florida Current.
Last year, SB 2142 cut water management district property tax revenues by $210 million. Environmentalists were especially critical of the cuts, with former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham in November calling on Gov. Rick Scott to restore funding for the districts.
Sen. JD Alexander, R-Lake Wales and theSenate Budget Committee chairman, is backingSB 1986 which lifts revenue caps while requiring legislative approval of some spending. But the governor’s staff has raised concerns about the legislative review process, according to senators.
Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, and Rep. Trudi Williams said Thursday they couldn’t agree on bill language. The issue will get “bumped” to the House and Senate budget chairmen.
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