ERMI covers the state in more ways than one.
Steve is often in Tallahassee serving as an expert advisor to legislators on bills and amendments.
Here are just a few examples of the ways that Steve’s input has helped inform and shape environmental legislation:
A 2009 Idea
Steve’s November 2009 email to a Tallahassee attorney included this suggestion, which launched the LSSI: "How about a new program for sites scored less than 10?"
Goal: To get sites off the list and achieve closure for clean sites.
This plan would open the door to funding and closure for low-scored sites.
Becomes 2010 Law
In 2012, Steve’s correspondence with a state legislator contained the following input:
“The portion of the bill beginning on Line 466 pertaining to LSSI is very good. At the meeting today, I will voice these issues:
- The bill currently includes language to waive co-payments and deductibles — waiving these costs will increase LSSI participation.
- The definition for "low scored site" should be sites scored 29 or less. In lines 472 and 480, the score of 10 should be changed to 29. Sites 11-29 are the only group of sites that have not had a chance for funding since 1995.”
Becomes 2012 Law.
Steve contributed some of the original draft language for this 2016 Amendment: