Florida Senate - 2019 SB 912 By Senator Powell 30-01546-19 2019912__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Complete Count 3 Committee; creating the committee adjunct to the 4 Department of State for specified purposes; specifying 5 the membership of the committee; providing for the 6 appointment of members and filling of vacancies; 7 prescribing duties of the committee and the 8 department; requiring each state agency to designate a 9 census coordinator; defining the term “state agency”; 10 prescribing reporting requirements; providing for 11 expiration of the act; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. (1) The Florida Complete Count Committee, a 16 committee as defined in s. 20.03(8), Florida Statutes, is 17 created adjunct to the Department of State for the express 18 purpose of developing, recommending, and assisting in the 19 administration of a census outreach strategy to encourage the 20 full participation of this state’s residents in the 2020 federal 21 decennial census of population required by 13 U.S.C. s. 141. 22 Except as otherwise provided in this section, the committee 23 shall operate in a manner consistent with s. 20.052, Florida 24 Statutes. 25 (2) The committee is composed of the following members: 26 (a) The President of the Senate, or his or her designee. 27 (b) The Speaker of the House of Representatives, or his or 28 her designee. 29 (c) The Minority Leader of the Senate, or his or her 30 designee. 31 (d) The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, or 32 his or her designee. 33 (e) One representative each from the following 34 organizations: 35 1. The Florida League of Cities. 36 2. The Florida League of Mayors. 37 3. The Florida Association of Counties. 38 4. The Florida Association of District School 39 Superintendents. 40 5. Leadership Florida. 41 (f) A designee of the Governor. 42 (g) The Secretary of State. 43 (h) A representative of Florida’s Local Update of Census 44 Addresses effort. 45 (i) One representative each from four different 46 organizations representing the interests of minorities in this 47 state, appointed by the Secretary of State. 48 (j) One representative appointed from three different 49 organizations representing the interests of businesses in this 50 state, nominated by their organizations. 51 (k) Three representatives of faith-based organizations, 52 appointed by the Governor. 53 (l) Two representatives of Native American communities, 54 appointed by the Governor. 55 (3) Members of the committee must be appointed by August 1, 56 2019, and may meet as often as it deems necessary in order to 57 fulfill its duties and responsibilities provided under this 58 section. Members of the committee shall serve at the pleasure of 59 their respective appointing authority and any vacancies must be 60 filled in the same manner as the initial appointment. Members of 61 the committee shall designate a chair and a vice chair from 62 among its membership. 63 (4) In developing a recommended census outreach strategy, 64 the committee shall consider, but is not limited to, the 65 following: 66 (a) State agency initiatives to encourage participation in 67 the 2020 Census. 68 (b) The establishment and support of school-based outreach 69 programs. 70 (c) Partnerships with nonprofit community-based 71 organizations. 72 (d) A multilingual and multimedia campaign designed to 73 ensure an accurate and complete count of the state’s population. 74 (5) To assist in carrying out its duties, the committee may 75 establish, and appoint to from among its membership, 76 subcommittees as it deems appropriate, and may solicit 77 participation from relevant experts and practitioners involved 78 in census issues. 79 (6)(a) The Department of State shall review the committee’s 80 recommendations on a census outreach strategy. Following such 81 review, the department shall coordinate the implementation and 82 administration of any adopted outreach strategy. The department 83 shall provide administrative support to the committee and 84 coordinate with all state agencies and constitutional officers, 85 as well as units of local government, to identify effective 86 methods of outreach to the state’s residents and to provide 87 resources to ensure the success of the outreach program and that 88 all of the state’s residents are counted. 89 (b) Each state agency shall designate a census coordinator 90 who shall cooperate and provide support to the committee as 91 needed. Each state agency shall inform the department of its 92 designated census coordinator. 93 (c) For purposes of this subsection, the term “state 94 agency” means any agency or department under the jurisdiction of 95 the Governor, a Cabinet officer, or the Governor and Cabinet. 96 Any other entities of state government, including the 97 legislative and judicial branches, and units of local government 98 shall cooperate and provide assistance or information to the 99 committee, upon request. 100 (7) The committee shall submit a report to the Governor, 101 the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 102 Representatives by December 1, 2019, which contains its 103 recommendations for a census outreach strategy with the 104 objective of encouraging full participation and avoiding an 105 undercount in the 2020 Census. Thereafter, the committee shall 106 submit a final report to the Governor, the President of the 107 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by 108 August 31, 2021, which details the results of the census 109 outreach strategy. 110 (8) This section expires September 30, 2021. 111 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.