Bills establishing sunset review for agency support groups moving despite concerns

04/09/2014 7:25 PM | Florida State Parks Foundation (Administrator)

A pair of bills moving through the House and Senate is raising concerns with volunteers who raise money for state park improvements.

HB 1153 and SB 1194 would establish standard reporting requirements for citizen support organizations and direct support organizations and a process for sunset review by the Legislature every five years. 

Friends of Florida State Parks is opposing the bills because of concerns the law change could discourage donors who couldn't trust that their projects would get built if the groups face possible elimination, Sally Hess of St. Petersburg, president of Friends of Florida State Parks, said Tuesday. 

"We finally started talking to the newspapers because we weren't getting any response from the Legislature," Hess said.

HB 1153 passed its second committee stop Tuesday by an 11-1 vote with no speakers in opposition and minimal debate. The Senate passed its two committee stops without opposing votes.
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