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Springs bill clears final committee stop with new opposition

Stephen James of the Florida Association of Counties tells a Senate panel that many counties with springs can't afford the groundwater cleanup requirements proposed under SB 1576. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A Senate springs bill cleared its final committee stop on Tuesday with new opposition from cities and counties because of a lack of funding for water quality improvement projects.

SB 1576 had provided an estimated $365 million a year for springs projects but a proposed rewrite would have provided $55 million a year. The rewrite was revised Tuesday to an unspecified appropriation in fiscal year 2014-15 for springs, which received $10 million this year.

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