In the article linked above, Mr. Lamb expresses the opinion that we must refocus the Tea Party energy to expose the damage that has already been done in local government by those who would organize the world into a "managed system." His explanation of the jeopardy to American sovereignty and to individual private property rights is shocking and compelling.
We discussed this strategy at our last meeting, and we have since been arranging for our members to speak at local public meetings that may involve the non-government organizations that carry out the ICLEI campaign.
We have also been conferring on this with our associates in other grassroots organizations. The movement to stop SB 550, the Septic Tank Law, is one effort in this campaign. It illustrates how deep is the penetration into government by environmental extremists and also shows how disengaged the public is when it comes to their property rights.
SB550 - The Septic Tank Law
Our associate in Santa Rosa County, Sharon Glass, suggests that we contact Governor-elect Rick Scott as follows:
At the bottom of the article, you are directed to a link for Rick Scott. You have the opportunity to register for news updates. Once you register, a “thank you” screen opens up. One of the tabs on the thank you page is a “Suggestion Box”. Please go in there and ask him to push to repeal SB550, the Septic Tank Law. Do this right away please!
Public Awareness Coordinator
Santa Rosa Tea Party Patriots
Objections to Septic Tank Law in SB 550
Requires inspection of septic tank systems every 5 years regardless of whether they are functioning properly or not. Will require pumping to inspect-see draft of DOH rules. Systems not in compliance will have to be upgraded at owner’s expense. Many systems won’t meet compliance even though they are working.
Gives the Department of Health (DOH) authority to enact future rules that have the effect of laws without having to pass the full legislature. DOH has a “signed blank check” to create and enforce rules for all the septic tanks in Florida at owners’ expense.
Benefits septic tank contractors and pleases environmentalists at the expense of septic tank owners, while doing little to decrease pollution.
Septic Tank Owners weren’t represented in passing the law. The majority of those affected was NOT represented or consulted before the legislation was passed. It is a special interest law—which should be unconstitutional.
Bill failed on its own merits several times in the legislature in the past—was then “sandwiched in” with a much bigger bill to pass it. Bills that can’t pass on their own merits don’t need to be passed---simple logic—common sense.
Bill was changed numerous times—71 amendments-- so that some legislators claim they were “hoodwinked” into voting for it.
Any septic tank law should target problem areas rather than the whole state since about 98% of septic tanks are not causing any problems.
Increases pollution by requiring unnecessary pumping of tanks requiring off-site disposal.
Violates citizens’ freedom to control their own personal property attached to their own house----may be unconstitutional.
Penalties for non-compliance are very excessive. $500/day and a misdemeanor charge each day.
The law is an open-ended, perpetually changing law similar to recently enacted US Congress laws. Such laws are un-American in nature and may be unconstitutional for that reason also.
It increases the size of government agencies and expense to the taxpayers.
Counties should control this issue by passing their own laws covering septic tanks for their own localized conditions---similar to the law in Escambia County which covers only environmentally sensitive areas.
The next meeting of the Martin County Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM. While we encourage you to attend, we agree with Commissioner Ciampi, who stated at the last meeting, that the more effective way to communicate (than the Public Comment) with the Commissioners is to call their offices or to email them. Some of the Commissioners receive this Newsletter indirectly, but you may want to send them whatever information you see here that you feel strongly about.