Everglades head says public still has a chance at killing "Frankenstein " environmental bill

State Senator Jack Latvala
  • State Senator Jack Latvala

The passage last week of House Bill 991 (in just seven minutes) has been denounced in several newspaper editorials over the past couple of days. The legislation curtails local regulation or mining, weakens wetlands protections, and undermines rules designed to protect groundwater from landfill pollution.

Everglades Foundation head Kirk Fordam says environmental groups are calling it the "Frankenstein" bill, because of the various egregious assaults on the environment contained in the legislation.

But he says with the bill moving to the Senate, there might still be time to kill it if Tampa Bay readers contact key Senators- specifically Hillsborough/Pinellas Senator Jack Latvala and Senate President Mike Haridopolos.