Lawmakers today took steps to improve brownfield designations through clear and efficient government processes by passing HB 325 by Representative Charlie Stone (R-Ocala). The passage of HB 325 comes after the Florida Chamber’s successful advocacy efforts to replace the trial lawyer friendly Senate bill, which would have encouraged trial lawyers to file more lawsuits and potentially eliminated brownfield properties from being revitalized and reused, with the House bill.
Brownfield sites are real property in which redevelopment or reuse may be complicated by the potential presence of a contaminant. Contaminants on brownfield sites can be safely removed and provide the opportunity for redevelopment or reuse of the property. Brownfield redevelopments can be a significant element in community revitalization, especially within community redevelopment areas, empowerment zones, closed military bases or designated brownfield pilot project areas.
Trial lawyer special interest groups tried to use the Senate companion, SB 586, as a vehicle for allowing frivolous lawsuits at the expense of Florida’s taxpayers against brownfield redevelopments.
The Florida Chamber will continue to fight against special interests agendas and support Florida’s economic development.