Action Alert: 2017 FL SB230

Florida SB230 would label tegu lizards, two species of Lionfish, and the reptile species list below as “priority invasive species.” Listed species would require passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags before selling. The bill also defines “pet dealer” as a person selling more than 20 animals annually to the public. It allows initiation of a pilot program to hire private contractors for the purpose of catching the listed species and for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission ("FWC") to identify “priority invasive species.” A similar bill, HB587, has also been introduced.

SB230 has passed out of Committee and sent to the Senate Appropriations CommitteeTell the Senate Appropriations Committee that SB230 is a costly, overreaching, and duplicative proposal that disregards FWC's authority and stakeholder relationships.

Read SB230 at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-FL-SB-230.pdf.

The species below would also qualify as “Priority invasive species” as they are listed under Florida statute 379.372(2)(a):

1. Burmese or Indian python (Python molurus).
2. Reticulated python (Python reticulatus).
3. Northern African python (Python sebae).
4. Southern African python (Python natalensis).
5. Amethystine or scrub python (Morelia amethystinus).
6. Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus).
7. Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus).

Take Action!  (Remember to be civil and professional when contacting legislators!)

Select a subject line:

  1. NO to SB230
  2. Opposition to SB230
  3. Vote NO on SB230
  4. SB230 is redundant!

Copy/paste email list:

latvala.jack@flsenate.govflores.anitere@flsenate.govbean.aaron@flsenate.govbenacquisto.lizbeth@flsenate.gov

book.lauren@flsenate.govbracy.randolp@flsenate.govbradley.rob@flsenate.govbrandes.jeff@flsenate.gov

braynon.oscar@flsenate.govgainer.george@flsenate.govgalvano.bill@flsenate.govgibson.audrey@flsenate.gov

grimsley.denise@flsenate.govmontford.bill@flsenate.govpowell.bobby@flsenate.govsimmons.david@flsenate.gov

simpson.wilton@flsenate.govstargel.kelli@flsenate.gov

Sample Letter

Senate Appropriations Committee Members,

Vote NO to SB230! This request comes from a concerned animal owner and proud Florida resident. There are several reasons SB230 should not progress.

  1. SB230 ignores the Constitution of the State of Florida. Section 9, Article IV bestows the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) with the exclusive authority to exercise all of the State's regulatory power over all wildlife. Any regulation over these animals should proceed through FWC and not through the Legislature;
  2. the bill is redundant, as well as a waste of tax-payer money and legislator time, as it duplicates existing FWC programs;
  3. the bill is degrading to FWC as they handle wildlife programs and concerns in Florida;
  4. PIT tagging, or microchipping, is already required for most of the species included in this bill, so this is another point of redundancy.

Please abide by the Florida Constitution and allow FWC to do their job. They are the subject matter experts, not the Legislature, and have been entrusted with total authority of wildlife regulation for this reason.

SB230 is completely unnecessary and needs to be killed! It's bad for Florida and the manner in which wildlife is regulated through FWC.

Please vote NO to SB230! Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter. Have a good day.

Sincerely,