Judge sides with environmental groups in dispute over use of Amendment 1 funds

Since the passage of Amendment 1, legislators each year have directed at least $200 million to the Everglades, $64 million to a reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area, $50 million to natural springs and $5 million to Lake Apopka. (Source: The Tallahassee Democrat)

From The Tallahassee Democrat: Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.

Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson sided with environmental groups in the lawsuit centered on whether lawmakers “defied” the 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative by improperly diverting portions of the money to such expenses as staffing — allegations legislative leaders have repeatedly disputed as they continued to make such budget allocations.

For the complete story: https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2018/06/15/judge-sides-environmental-groups-dispute-over-use-amendment-1-funds/706463002/

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