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Brian Mast Introduces Local Water Protection Act

On Monday, Mast paired with U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn. to unveil the “Local Water Protection Act” which “increases grant funding for state and local governments to decrease water pollutants, including addressing toxic agricultural runoff, septic to sewer conversions, legacy pollutants, impacts from dams, effects of channelization of waterbodies and other forms of pollution.”

Florida Delegation Focuses on Water Quality Issues

On Friday, the two chairs of the Florida delegation--Democrat U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings and Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan--announced they would hold a meeting on “some of the most pressing water quality issues affecting the Sunshine State” which will include “red tide, harmful algal blooms, offshore drilling and other water quality issues.”

Brian Mast Pushes Army Corp of Engineers for More Transparency on Health Risks from...

Mast’s bill would “require tests to be conducted to determine whether the water to be released from a flood risk management project is contaminated with cyanobacteria; and if the water is contaminated, require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to notify the public and affected governments of the contamination, planned discharge and potential public health effects before releasing the water.”

Charlie Crist: Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments Will Boost Pinellas County

After being named to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee last week, Crist added a few new perches this week as he is now sitting on some of the Appropriations subcommittees. 

Francis Rooney Wants Toxic Algae Classified as Major Disaster, Bring FEMA In

Rooney unveiled a proposal to “amend the Stafford Act to include algal blooms in the definition of a ‘major disaster,’” which would bring FEMA in. Florida was hit by toxic algae and red tide last year. 
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Predictions for Florida Politics in 2019

Following the 2018 election, new leaders will man the helm Florida. Below is a list of predictions for the Sunshine State's political news in 2019. 5. Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez will emerge as a...
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Brian Mast Gets 60 Members of Congress to Urge White House to Fund Programs...

On Wednesday, Mast paired up with U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oreg., Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, to round up more than 55 members of the U.S. House to write a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney “urging the Trump Administration to fully fund all programs related to addressing harmful algal blooms in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 budget.”
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Vern Buchanan Pushes Several Bills in Lame Duck Session of Congress

With Democrats taking over the U.S. House at the start of next year, one of the leading members of the Florida congressional delegation is looking to get his priorities over the finish line in the coming weeks while the GOP remains in control. 

Ron DeSantis, Brian Mast: South Florida Water Management District Needs to Delay Land Lease...

DeSantis and Mast weighed in on the matter on Wednesday night, even as the South Florida Water Management District scheduled a vote on the matter on Thursday. 

Rick Scott: DEP Sending Another $3.3 Million to Counties Hit by Red Tide

Scott said that Pinellas County, which has already gotten $1.3 million to help mitigate the impact of red tide, will receive an additional $2 million from DEP while Lee County is penciled in to receive an additional $1.1 million.

Brian Mast Calls on Congressional Leaders to Hold Votes on Bills Fighting Toxic Algae

With toxic algae continuing to plague the Treasure Coast, freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is urging congressional leadership to bring bills to the floor for votes. On Thursday, Mast called on U.S. Senate Majority...
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Rick Scott: DEP Sending Another $4 Million to Help Communities Hurt by Red Tide

With these latest funds, DEP has sent $13 million in grants to help Floridians hurt by red tide. 
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