Florida Senate - 2018 CS for SB 1180 By the Committee on Ethics and Elections; and Senators Steube and Brandes 582-03190-18 20181180c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to county and municipal public 3 officers; amending s. 112.061, F.S.; requiring that 4 requests for travel authorization by county or 5 municipal public officers be approved by the governing 6 body of the county or municipality at a regularly 7 scheduled meeting; specifying requirements for such 8 requests; requiring that approved travel be posted on 9 the county’s or municipality’s website for a specified 10 timeframe; providing an exception for county 11 constitutional officers; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 16 112.061, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 17 112.061 Per diem and travel expenses of public officers, 18 employees, and authorized persons.— 19 (3) AUTHORITY TO INCUR TRAVEL EXPENSES.— 20 (a) All travel must be authorized and approved by the head 21 of the agency, or his or her designated representative, from 22 whose funds the traveler is paid. The head of the agency shall 23 not authorize or approve such a request unless: 24 1. It is accompanied by a signed statement by the 25 traveler’s supervisor stating that such travel is on the 26 official business of the state and also stating the purpose of 27 such travel. 28 2. For county or municipal public officers requesting 29 authorization to travel within the state, outside of the state, 30 or internationally, such travel must be on the official business 31 of the county or municipality and must be approved by the 32 county’s or municipality’s governing body at a regularly 33 scheduled meeting before the officer’s travel, unless ratified 34 for good cause at the next regularly scheduled meeting. Good 35 cause requires a written explanation for why the travel request 36 could not be approved in advance. A request for travel 37 authorization must include an itemized list detailing all 38 anticipated travel expenses, including, but not limited to, the 39 anticipated costs of all means of travel, lodging, and 40 subsistence. All travel approved in accordance with this 41 subparagraph must be posted on the county’s or municipality’s 42 website. If a municipality does not maintain a website, it must 43 request that the applicable county post the approved travel on 44 the county’s website. The applicable county must comply with 45 such request. All such approved travel must be posted on the 46 applicable website as soon as practicable, but no later than 10 47 days after approval, and must remain on the website until the 48 end of the next calendar quarter. This subparagraph does not 49 apply to a county constitutional officer, as defined in s. 1(d), 50 Art. VIII of the State Constitution, who is elected by the 51 electors of the county. 52 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.