There’s always a lot to track in Florida’s annual 60-day Legislative session. This year is no exception.

During today’s Friends of the Everglades LIVE, VoteWater’s Gil Smart broke down the details of several bad environmental proposals looming, as well as the few silver linings that may emerge. Reps. Lindsay Cross and Anna Eskamani offered their takes on what to expect in the days ahead and praised the citizen involvement that they claimed necessary to encourage environmentally-successful outcomes.

“Feedback does matter. If you have the ability to come up to Tallahassee to speak in support of good bills or against bad bills, it does make a difference,” Rep. Cross said — a point that Rep. Eskamani enthusiastically agreed with.

Friends of the Everglades will be closely tracking these issue throughout session, guided by our 2023 Legislative priorities. We encourage you to follow along with us by bookmarking our new Legislative Accountability pagewhere we’ll post frequent updates related to bills, key players and opportunities to take action.

Thanks to everyone that tuned in with us today. If you missed the event, you can watch the full recording above.

“The Right to Clean and Healthy Waters” petition mentioned during today’s event can be printed and signed by visiting 900,000 signatures are needed by November 30 to get it on the 2024 ballot. Spread the word!