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1 ! Amendment 1 Text Amendment 1 Sponsor Committee Water and Land Conservation Amendment (850) TITLE: Water and Land Conservation - Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands SUMMARY: Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years. FULL TEXT OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT: BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA THAT: Article X, Section 28, Florida Constitution, is created to read: SECTION 28. Land Acquisition Trust Fund.-- a) Effective on July 1 of the year following passage of this amendment by the voters, and for a period of 20 years after that effective date, the Land Acquisition Trust Fund shall receive no less than 33 percent of net revenues derived from the existing excise tax on documents, as defined in the statutes in effect on January 1, 2012, as amended from time to time, or any successor or replacement tax, after the Department of Revenue first deducts a service charge to pay the costs of the collection and enforcement of the excise tax on documents. b) Funds in the Land Acquisition Trust Fund shall be expended only for the following purposes: 1) As provided by law, to finance or refinance: the acquisition and improvement of land, water areas, and related property interests, including conservation easements, and resources for conservation lands including wetlands, forests, and fish and wildlife habitat; wildlife management areas; lands that protect water resources and drinking water sources, including lands protecting the water quality and quantity of rivers, lakes, streams, springsheds, and lands providing recharge for groundwater and aquifer systems; lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area and the Everglades Protection Area, as defined in Article II, Section 7(b); beaches and shores; outdoor recreation lands, including recreational trails, parks, and urban open space; rural landscapes; working farms and ranches; historic or geologic sites; together with management, restoration of natural systems, and the enhancement of public access or recreational enjoyment of conservation lands. 2) To pay the debt service on bonds issued pursuant to Article VII, Section 11(e). c) The moneys deposited into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund, as defined by the statutes in effect on January 1, 2012, shall not be or become commingled with the General Revenue Fund of the state.

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3 Comparison of Water and Land Conservation Amendment Appropriations (FY 17-18) Appropriations from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund Only In Millions House 2017 Senate 2017 TOTAL $759.4 $902.9 $736.7 $717.3 Debt Service $191.1 $175.7 $170.3 $172.4 Everglades, Estuaries, and Northern Everglades $79.2 $215.2 $157 $173.4 Florida Forever (ARC) $15.2 $15.2 $0 $15.2 Florida Communities Trust, Local Parks $0 $10.4 $13.1 $5.3 Springs $38.6 $50 $40 $50 Land Management $127.1 $136 $102.3 $75.9 Rural Family Lands $15 $35 $0 $0 Beach Management $25 $21.2 $10.1 $50 Historic Preservation $10.9 $2 $2 $3.4 Water Supply/Wastewater $0 $0 $0 $22 Regulatory/Pollution Control Programs $58 $50.9 $48.5 $18.6 Existing Agency Operating Expenses $199.3 $191.3 $193.4 $131.1 Notes: The most recent projection available from the Revenue Estimating Conference estimates $822 million in funding from the Water and Land Conservation Amendment/Land Acquisition Trust Fund. The highlighted lines represent approximately one-third of spending from the LATF and provide no funding for land conservation or parks. Page 3

4 Florida Forever Funding Distribution Historically, when Florida Forever funding was appropriated by the Legislature, it was distributed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to section , Florida Statutes, to several state agencies and programs to purchase public lands in the form of parks, trails, forests, wildlife management areas and more. All of these lands are held in trust for the citizens of Florida. Source: Florida DEP, Page 4

5 Florida Forever Funding With 2017 Legislative Proposals as of April 17, 2017 In Millions Page 5

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7 The following charts compare the state's environmental budget to the total budget for Fiscal Year The environmental budget includes all appropriations for the Department of Environmental Protection, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and, within the Department of Agriculture, the Florida Forest Service and Office of Agricultural Water Policy Coordination. Page 6

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