TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jan. 5, 2011 – Officially, an onerous septic tank inspection rule became official on Jan. 1, 2011, but the Florida Legislature passed a bill, SB 2-A, during last year’s special session in November delaying implementation for six months. The path of that bill became tricky, however. As a bill, it required the governor’s signature to become law, but then-Gov. Charlie Crist was generally expected to veto it.
The Legislature did not submit the bill to the governor’s office until yesterday – the day incoming Gov. Rick Scott took office, apparently to avoid the potential veto, though Florida Senate spokesman David Bishop said only that the bill “was given to the governor in a timely manner.” It’s now up to Scott to approve or veto the bill, but his approval is generally expected.
In the meantime, the Jan. 1 effective date of the septic tank inspections passed. Since the agency overseeing the inspections expected some kind of action by the governor however, it’s not being enforced pending action by Scott, who now has 15 days to make a decision.
Once signed, SB 2-A delays implementation of the septic tank inspection rule to July 1. Once effective, it requires the state’s 2.6 million homeowners with septic tanks to get an inspection every five years at a potential cost of $500 each time.
Some Florida lawmakers consider the six-month delay more than a way to postpone the inevitable. During the 2011 session of the Florida Legislature, some political leaders hope to repeal it and have already submitted a bill, SB 130, that would cancel the inspections altogether.
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