Sunburn — The morning read of what's hot in Florida politics — 12.12.17 – Florida Politics (blog)
Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.
By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica.
As if there were a question that the business community hates a proposed state constitutional amendment to expand the right to bring environmental-related lawsuits, a letter released Monday erased all doubt.
No less than 28 business groups, including the Florida Retail Federation and Manufacturers Association of Florida, have now signed on to oppose the proposal (P23), pending before the Judicial Committee of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC).
Commissioner Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, a CRC appointee of Senate President Joe Negron, filed the language. Both are from Martin County.
It says that “the natural resources of the state are the legacy of present and future generations. Every person has a right to a clean and healthful environment, including clean air and water; control of pollution; and the conservation and restoration of the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic values of the environment as provided by law.”
The last sentence has caused the most exasperation: “Any person may enforce this right against any party, public or private, subject to reasonable limitations, as provided by law.” Critics say this will open the floodgates to litigation.
“By granting this broad right to challenge any government entity, business or private citizen — even if they are in full compliance with existing laws or valid permits — CRC Proposal 23 would allow delay or defeat of currently legal activities in our state,” the letter says.
“This amendment … encourages frivolous lawsuits, which would inevitably drive up business costs and threaten future economic development in Florida,” it adds. “(The proposal) is unnecessary