Florida Senate - 2012                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 464
                                Barcode 283320                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Health Regulation (Garcia) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 162 - 194
    4  and insert:
    5  who cast a vote concerning the sale or lease of the hospital or,
    6  in the alternative, approval from a circuit court.
    7         (a) If the governing board seeks to obtain approval from a
    8  circuit court, the board shall file a petition in a circuit
    9  court seeking approval of the proposed transaction at least 30
   10  days after publication of the notice of the proposed
   11  transaction. The petition must be filed in the circuit in which
   12  the majority of the physical assets of the hospital are located.
   13         (b) The petition for approval filed by the governing board
   14  must include all findings and documents required under
   15  subsection (5) and certification by the governing board of
   16  compliance with all requirements of this section.
   17         (c) A circuit court has jurisdiction to approve the sale or
   18  lease of a county, district, or municipal hospital.
   19         (9) Upon the filing of a petition for approval, the court
   20  shall issue an order requiring all interested parties to appear
   21  at a designated time and place within the circuit where the
   22  petition is filed and show why the petition should or should not
   23  be granted. For purposes of this subsection, “interested
   24  parties” are any party submitting a proposal for sale or lease
   25  of the county, district, or municipal hospital; the governing
   26  board; and a person who moves against or pleads to the petition
   27  at or before the time set for the hearing.
   28         (a) Before the date set for the hearing, the clerk shall
   29  publish a copy of the order in one or more newspapers of general
   30  circulation in the county in which the majority of the physical
   31  assets of the hospital are located at least once each week for 2
   32  consecutive weeks, commencing with the first publication, which
   33  must be at least 20 days before the date set for the hearing. By
   34  these publications, all interested parties are made parties to
   35  the action and the court has jurisdiction of them to the same
   36  extent as if named in the petition as petitioners or defendants
   37  and personally served with process.
   38         (b) At the hearing, the court shall