Florida anti-ESG transportation bill advances

More than 100 bills related to environmental, social and governance considerations have been introduced in state legislatures.
A general view of the Old Capitol and current Florida Capitol buildings Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

A Florida House panel advanced legislation Monday that would block the state transportation department and local metropolitan planning organizations from taking into account nonfinancial social, political, or ideological factors when developing plans.

Under the bill introduced by Rep. Shane Abbott (R), non-pecuniary factors are defined as social governance standards, benchmarks and requirements including any initiative, action, framework or target that advances or implements the goals of the Paris Agreement. That 2016 climate deal, signed by 196 parties including the United States, pledged to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels.

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