(1) The President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives may request special impact estimating conferences to evaluate legislative proposals based on tools and models not generally employed by the consensus estimating conferences, including cost-benefit, return-on-investment, or dynamic scoring techniques, when suitable and appropriate for the legislative proposals being evaluated.
(2) Unless exempt from s. 119.07(1), information used to develop the analyses shall be available to the public. In addition, all meetings of a special impact estimating conference shall be open to the public. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, jointly, shall be the sole judge for the interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of this subsection.
(3) A special impact estimating conference shall consist of four principals: one person from the Executive Office of the Governor; the coordinator of the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, or his or her designee; one person from the professional staff of the Senate; and one person from the professional staff of the House of Representatives. Each principal shall have appropriate fiscal expertise in the subject matter of the legislative proposal. A separate special impact estimating conference may be appointed for each proposal.
(4) After the designation of the four principals, a special impact estimating conference shall convene to adopt official information relating to the proposal.
(a) A principal may invite any person to participate in a special impact estimating conference. Such person shall be designated as a participant. A participant shall, at the request of any principal before or during any meeting of a conference, collect and supply data, perform analyses, or provide other information needed by a conference.
(b) The principal from the Office of Economic and Demographic Research may convene any of the conferences established in s. 216.136 to reach a consensus on supplemental information required for the analysis of the proposed legislation. (c) All official information of a special impact estimating conference shall be adopted by consensus of all of the principals of the conference. For the purposes of this section, the terms “official information” and “consensus” have the same meanings as provided in s. 216.133. 1Note.—
A. Section 2, ch. 2010-101, provides that “[t]he Office of Economic and Demographic Research, acting in consultation with the principals of the consensus estimating conferences and after receiving public input, shall develop protocols and procedures necessary to implement the provisions of s. 216.138, Florida Statutes. At a minimum, the protocols and procedures to be used for evaluating specific proposed legislation shall include cost-benefit, return-on-investment, and dynamic scoring techniques, and may include additional, appropriate economic techniques. Additionally, the protocols and procedures must address the format for reporting results and provide proposed linkages to the appropriations and revenue forecasting processes, including any statutory changes that may be needed. The linkages must be consistent with the constitutional requirement for a balanced budget. The office shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by December 1, 2010. Subject to approval by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives following the submission of the report, the protocols and procedures shall be used to the extent feasible for the analysis of specific proposed legislation by consensus estimating conferences as provided in s. 216.138, Florida Statutes, unless and until such approval is subsequently affirmatively revoked.”
B. Section 35, ch. 2011-76, provides that:
“(1) The executive director of the Department of Revenue is authorized, and all conditions are deemed met, to adopt emergency rules under ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54(4), Florida Statutes, for the purpose of implementing this act.
“(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, such emergency rules shall remain in effect for 6 months after the date adopted and may be renewed during the pendency of procedures to adopt permanent rules addressing the subject of the emergency rules.”