Sen. Rodriguez called it the most transformative climate legislation voted on so far
The Florida Senate today passed SB 178, a significant bill related to the impacts of climate change, by a unanimous vote. Any coastal construction project receiving state funds will require a “sea level impact projection” (SLIP) study before commencing.
The impacts of sea level rise and storm impacts on coastal residents will only increase. SB 178 ensures that Floridians’ tax dollars are being used in the most prudent way, so that publicly financed construction projects account for these impacts. The bill will now move on to the full House floor for a vote. Representative Vance Aloupis (R-Miami) is the House sponsor.
For three years, Sen. Rodríguez has been wearing rain boots at the Capitol with the words #ActOnClimateFL written in sharp white lettering on the sides in order to inspire bipartisan conversation about climate policy.
Senator Rodríguez offers the following statement:
“This is the most transformative piece of legislation coming out of this Legislature that directly relates to the impact of climate. Through the passage of this bill, the Legislature is taking step one in defending taxpayers by ensuring state funds are only used for coastal infrastructure projects once sea level rise has been accounted for. I look forward to building upon this legislation to take more action in protecting residents from the impact of climate and addressing its causes.”