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Springs bill passage hailed as "major victory" despite funding questions

Dan Peterson is the executive director for the Coalition for Property Rights. Thursday, he told lawmakers his concerns about a springs bill which requires improved wastewater treatment for septic tanks. Photo: Bruce Ritchie

A comprehensive springs bill passed its first committee stop on Thursday after months of revisions and an adoption of a committee rewrite.

SB 1576 by Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, would provide an estimated $378 million for septic tank hookups and wastewater improvements. That's much more money than was requested by Gov. Rick Scott or recommended by House and Senate budget writers.

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