On Monday, U.S. Congressman Steve Southerland held a press conference in the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee in support of his proposed “Regulatory Overreach Protection Act” (H.R. 5078),’ which is scheduled to be heard on the House floor next month. The bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing” the proposed rule, any agency guidance, or its interpretive rule related to agriculture practices. The bill has already garnered considerable support with over 120 co-sponsors, including the chairmen of the Transportation Committee, Bill Shuster, and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Bob Gibbs.
Among those in attendance at the press conference was Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, who expressed support for the bill, stating that the rule would have “a profound effect on the pocketbooks of Floridians." Also making statements in support of Southerland’s bill were Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Farm Bureau.
A copy of the bill text can be reviewed at the following link: