2020 Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Legislation

LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS WATERWAYS AND SPRINGS

Aquatic Preserves (CS/CS/HB 1061)

Creates Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve; designates preserve for inclusion in aquatic preserve system & as Outstanding Florida Water; describes boundaries of preserve.
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LEGISLATION THAT PROVIDES CLARITY

State Hemp Program (CS/CS/HB 1063)

Provides that certain outlets selling hemp are subject to food permit requirements; directs DACS to submit amended plan to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under certain circumstances; removes requirement for use of certain hemp seeds & cultivars; revises distribution & retail sale requirements for hemp extract; deems certain hemp extract as adulterated or misbranded; authorizes DACS to contract for specified services; requires rules to include specified testing & sampling procedures; provides for Industrial Hemp Advisory Council as sole program advisory body to DACS; directs DACS to provide specified report to Legislature.
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LEGISALTION THAT PROTECTS THE WELLBEING AND SAFETY ON STUDENTS

Student Athletes (CS/HB 7011)

Revises provisions relating to automated external defibrillators on school grounds, training related to CPR & defibrillators, FHSAA student athlete safety policies, & specified medical evaluations.
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LEGISALTION THAT HONORS VETERANS

License Plates (HB 1135)

Large license plate package that included the language to create a Purple Heart Motorcycle Plate.
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Legislation that Protects Our Waterways & Springs

Old Homosassa Septic to Sewer (HB 2817)   $2,013,200            

The purpose of the project is concurrent with the goals set forth in the Chassahowitzka/Homosassa BMAP of reducing nutrient loading to groundwater and surface waters associated with the first magnitude springs. This goal will be achieved by eliminating OSTDS and providing a connection to the County’s central wastewater collection system.
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Homosassa River Restoration (HB 2619)   $2 million    

Homosassa River is a first magnitude spring and designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway which has been identified as a priority waterbody by SWIM. It has been listed as impaired for nutrients and filamentous algae by FDEP and USEPA. The goal is to restore water quality by vacuum removal of filamentous algae (Lyngbya) and benthic detrial matter and planting of desirable submerged aquatic vegetation.
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Kings Bay Restoration (HB 3491)  $4 million    

Kings Bay is an OFW, and SWIM Priority Waterbody that has been listed as Impaired for nutrients and filamentous algae by FDEP and USEPA. It also supports the largest population of the West Indian Manatee and contains one of the highest density of coastal first order magnitude fresh water springs in the world. Goal is to restore water quality and manatee habitat by vacuum removal of filamentous algae (Lyngbya) and benthic detrital matter and planting of desirable submerged aquatic vegetation.
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C River Master Sewer Study (HB 3475) $150k 

Redevelop the facility that houses essential City municipal and county emergency services above base flood elevation while providing the necessary space to serve the increasing needs for municipal services. City Hall is an estimated 5.5’ below the proposed FEMA flood elevation. The proposed project is an integral component of downtown redevelopment projects currently underway, such as the Crystal River Linear Park, Town Square Center, and a significant amount of private redevelopment.
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Glen Water Reclamation Facility  (HB 3513)  $3 million

Hernando County’s Glen Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and its aquifer recharge basins (ARB) are located within the Weeki Wachee Priority Focus Area (PFA). The Weeki Wachee Springs and River have been determined to be impaired for nitrate. This project consists of design and construction of upgrades to the existing wastewater reclamation facility necessary to achieve the Basin Management Action Plan effluent limit of 3mg/l total nitrogen.
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Brooksville Reuse Water to Cascades (HB 3503)  $150,000

The purpose of this proposed project is to provide reuse water to the Development for the purpose of irrigation to homes and common areas, and reduce dependency on drawing water from the aquifer
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Legislation that Protects Our Waterways & Springs

Old Homosassa Septic to Sewer (HB 2817)   $2,013,200            

The purpose of the project is concurrent with the goals set forth in the Chassahowitzka/Homosassa BMAP of reducing nutrient loading to groundwater and surface waters associated with the first magnitude springs. This goal will be achieved by eliminating OSTDS and providing a connection to the County’s central wastewater collection system.
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Homosassa River Restoration (HB 2619)   $2 million    

Homosassa River is a first magnitude spring and designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway which has been identified as a priority waterbody by SWIM. It has been listed as impaired for nutrients and filamentous algae by FDEP and USEPA. The goal is to restore water quality by vacuum removal of filamentous algae (Lyngbya) and benthic detrial matter and planting of desirable submerged aquatic vegetation.
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Kings Bay Restoration (HB 3491)  $4 million    

Kings Bay is an OFW, and SWIM Priority Waterbody that has been listed as Impaired for nutrients and filamentous algae by FDEP and USEPA. It also supports the largest population of the West Indian Manatee and contains one of the highest density of coastal first order magnitude fresh water springs in the world. Goal is to restore water quality and manatee habitat by vacuum removal of filamentous algae (Lyngbya) and benthic detrital matter and planting of desirable submerged aquatic vegetation.
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C River Master Sewer Study (HB 3475) $150k 

Redevelop the facility that houses essential City municipal and county emergency services above base flood elevation while providing the necessary space to serve the increasing needs for municipal services. City Hall is an estimated 5.5’ below the proposed FEMA flood elevation. The proposed project is an integral component of downtown redevelopment projects currently underway, such as the Crystal River Linear Park, Town Square Center, and a significant amount of private redevelopment.
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Glen Water Reclamation Facility  (HB 3513)  $3 million

Hernando County’s Glen Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) and its aquifer recharge basins (ARB) are located within the Weeki Wachee Priority Focus Area (PFA). The Weeki Wachee Springs and River have been determined to be impaired for nitrate. This project consists of design and construction of upgrades to the existing wastewater reclamation facility necessary to achieve the Basin Management Action Plan effluent limit of 3mg/l total nitrogen.
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Brooksville Reuse Water to Cascades (HB 3503)  $150,000

The purpose of this proposed project is to provide reuse water to the Development for the purpose of irrigation to homes and common areas, and reduce dependency on drawing water from the aquifer.
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Legislation That Strengthens Our Infrastructure

Inverness Airport Infrastructure (HB 3917)   $6.75 million 

Construction of the infrastructure for a 75+/- acre Business Industrial Park which includes approximately 5,000 feet of roads, all utilities, telecommunication/fiber, reconstruction of the main access road to the park, 1,000 feet of aircraft taxiway into the park, and all storm water attenuation. The park will hire trade related workers during construction and upon completion, provide pad ready building sites for an aircraft component recertification operation starting with 90 up to 350 jobs.
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Legislation that Keeps Our Community Safe

LifeStream (HB 4185)   $750,000           

The funding will be utilized for the first phase of a Citrus County Central Receiving System which will provide a central behavioral health Access Center and emergency service unit. Currently there is no means for citizens to get these essential public safety and quality healthcare services within the county. As the number of individuals needing services increases, it is critical to provide these service.
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Learn more about Dr. Massullo's Point of View.

Read his Letters to the Editor and other articles that highlight the legislation he's filed to increase access to care, protect students, increase jobs and restore our waterways.

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