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2004 Florida Statutes

Interagency agreements to delete duplication of inspections.
Section 20.057, Florida Statutes 2004

20.057  Interagency agreements to delete duplication of inspections.--

(1)  The Governor shall direct any department, the head of which is an officer or board appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Governor, to enter into an interagency agreement that will eliminate duplication of inspections among the departments that inspect the same type of facility or structure. Parties to the agreement may include departments which are headed by a Cabinet officer, the Governor and Cabinet, or a collegial body. The agreement shall:

(a)  Authorize agents of one department to conduct inspections required to be performed by another department.

(b)  Specify that agents of the department conducting the inspection have all powers relative to the inspection as the agents of the department on whose behalf the inspection is being conducted.

(c)  Require that agents of the department conducting the inspection have sufficient knowledge of statutory and administrative inspection requirements to conduct a proper inspection.

(d)  Specify that the departments which have entered into the agreement may neither charge nor accept any funds with respect to duties performed under the agreement which are in excess of the direct costs of conducting such inspections.

Before taking effect, an agreement entered into under this section must be approved by the Governor. Inspections conducted under an agreement shall be deemed sufficient for enforcement purposes pursuant to the agreement or as otherwise provided by law.

(2)  No later than 60 days prior to the beginning of the regular session, the Governor shall make an annual report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding interagency agreements. The report shall identify each interagency agreement entered into under this section, and, for each agreement, shall describe the duplication eliminated, provide data that measures the effectiveness of inspections conducted under the interagency agreement, and estimate the cost savings that have resulted from the agreement. The report shall also describe obstacles encountered by any department in attempting to develop an interagency agreement and in performing duties resulting from an interagency agreement and shall recommend appropriate remedial legislative action.

History.--s. 10, ch. 91-429.