April 27, 2009(Key vote)
Title: Permitting Offshore Drilling
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that would allow the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund to accept bids from corporations to extract oil and natural gas at least 3 miles from shore.
-Provides 90 days after the publication of the initial lease offer for the submission of competing bids, and requires a $1 million nonrefundable fee for submitting a bid (Sec.1).
-Requires that companies making bids for land be headquartered in the United States, and that all extracted oil or gas be refined and sold within the United States (Sec.1)
-Allocates money from leases and other financial exchanges to the state to the Florida Forever land acquisition program, beach restoration/nourishment projects, the Florida Energy and Climate Commission, alternative energy research in universities, environmental science classes in elementary and middle school, oil/gas training academies, veterans programs, and the Florida Renewable Energy Production Credit (Sec.3).
-Reps. Abruzzo, Aubuchon, Nehr, Robaina, and Schultz voted 'nay' after the roll call.
-Rep. Tom Anderson is not listed on our vote breakdown because his vote did not accurately reflect his intentions; he initially voted 'yea' but changed his vote to 'nay' after the roll call.
-Committee Substitute bill was offered by the Policy Council.
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.