Call your Senator to stop SB 1290
From: Frank Jackalone:
Sierra Club lobbyist Dave Cullen reports that the state lands bill, SB 1290, which threatens Florida's public lands, especially our state parks, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. Its companion bill, HB 1075, also passed last week on the floor of the House of Representatives.Our last chance to defeat or improve SB 1290 is on the Senate floor this week.Sierra Club Florida will take two actions to mobilize grassroots in opposition to the bill. First, we will distribute an alert on Sunday to all Sierra Club members in Florida asking them to call their state senators.Second, we will involve as many volunteers as possible in a virtual phone bank to generate calls from our members to their senators all day Monday, 9:00 am to 6 pm.Anyone can join our virtual phone bank from the comfort of your home, office, park -- just about anywhere! We use a system that allows you to make calls from any location if you have a computer with an online connection and a phone. It's the same technology we used to help beat the fracking bill last week, involving 19 volunteers who reached more than 1,000 of our members and got 200 calls transferred directly to their senators.Can you give us an hour or more to make calls? All you need is a phone line and a connected computer. We'll provide the names and phone numbers of our members and show you how to connect automatically to a live person and connect that person directly to their Senator's office.If you are interested and available, please reply directly firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll get you scheduled to participate in the phone bank.Thanks for your help!- Frank
Frank JackaloneSenior Organizing Manager1990 Central AvenueSt. Petersburg, FL 33712Here is the text of the alert we are sending to all Sierra Club Florida Members tomorrow:
Cattle grazing in state parks? Call your Senator to stop it.Dear friend,We urgently need you to call your state Senator. A bill is headed to the Senate floor that would remove key environmental protections for Florida State Parks and threaten the use and enjoyment for all Floridians.SB 1290 passed out of its last committee last Thursday and will be brought to the floor of the Senatethis week.
Please call your Senator and urge him or her to vote ‘No’ unless SB 1290 is amended to:
• Exclude our state parks and preserves from the land exchange provision. These important lands must not be given up to private use in exchange for conservation easements that could well eliminate public access
• Require land management plans to remain consistent with the purposes for which they were acquired. DEP’s goal of requiring land management plans to be compatible with conservation or recreation purposes or both potentially opens our parks and other conservation lands to inappropriate uses like hunting, logging, grazing, and off road vehicles. ‘Conservation’ and ‘recreation’ are broad categories and the purposes the lands were acquired for may be much narrower. The bill’s language grants DEP too much discretion.
This is the last real chance to impact this bill. The House and Senate versions are the same and could be sent to the Governor next week. Please call your Senator now, tell them where you live and that you vote.
Call your Senator now:
Sen. Joseph Abruzzo Consists of part of Palm Beach county Sen. Thad Altman Consists of parts of Brevard, Indian River counties Sen. Aaron Bean Consists of Nassau county and part of Duval county Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto Consists of parts of Charlotte, Lee counties Sen. Rob Bradley Consists of Alachua, Bradford, Clay counties Sen. Jeff Brandes Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas counties Sen. Oscar Braynon Consists of parts of Broward, Miami-Dade counties Sen. Dwight Bullard Consists of Hendry, Monroe counties and parts of Collier, Miami-Dade counties Sen. Jeff Clemens Consists of part of Palm Beach county Sen. Charles Dean Consists of Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, Union counties and part of Marion county Sen. Nancy Detert Consists of Sarasota county and part of Charlotte county Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla Consists of part of Miami-Dade county Sen. Greg Evers Consists of Escambia, Santa Rosa counties and part of Okaloosa county Sen. Anitere Flores Consists of part of Miami-Dade county Sen. Don Gaetz Consists of Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington counties and part of Okaloosa county Sen. Bill Galvano Consists of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee counties and parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee counties Sen. Rene Garcia Consists of part of Miami-Dade county Sen. Andy Gardiner Consists of parts of Brevard, Orange counties Sen. Audrey Gibson Consists of part of Duval county Sen. Denise Grimsley Consists of Okeechobee county and parts of Highlands, Martin, Osceola, Polk, St. Lucie counties Sen. Alan Hays Consists of parts of Lake, Marion, Orange, Sumter counties Sen. Dorothy Hukill Consists of parts of Lake, Marion, Volusia counties Sen. Travis Hutson Consists of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns counties and part of Volusia county Sen. Arthenia Joyner Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas counties Sen. Jack Latvala Consists of part of Pinellas county Sen. Tom Lee Consists of part of Hillsborough county Sen. John Legg Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Pasco counties Sen. Gwen Margolis Consists of part of Miami-Dade county Sen. Bill Montford Consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla counties Sen. Joe Negron Consists of parts of Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie counties Sen. Garrett Richter Consists of parts of Collier, Lee counties Sen. Jeremy Ring Consists of part of Broward county Sen. Maria Sachs Consists of parts of Broward, Palm Beach counties Sen. David Simmons Consists of Seminole county and part of Volusia county Sen. Wilton Simpson Consists of Hernando county and parts of Pasco, Sumter counties Sen. Christopher Smith Consists of part of Broward county Sen. Eleanor Sobel Consists of part of Broward county Sen. Darren Soto Consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, Polk counties Sen. Kelli Stargel Consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, Polk counties Sen. Geraldine Thompson Consists of part of Orange county
Thank you for taking action and for all you do for Florida's environment!Dave Cullen
Sierra Club Florida