Bill No. CS/CS/CS/HB 1363
Amendment No. 705363
Senate House

1Representative Brandes offered the following:
3     Amendment (with title amendment)
4     Between lines 2525 and 2526, insert:
5     Section 74.  Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
620.23, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
7     20.23  Department of Transportation.-There is created a
8Department of Transportation which shall be a decentralized
10     (3)  There is created the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail
12     (b)  The commission shall have the primary and exclusive
13functions of:
14     1.  Monitoring the efficiency, productivity, and management
15of all publicly funded passenger rail systems in the state,
16including, but not limited to, any authority created under
17chapter 343, chapter 349, or chapter 163 if the authority
18receives public funds for providing the provision of passenger
19rail service. The commission shall advise each monitored
20authority of its findings and recommendations. The commission
21shall also conduct periodic reviews of each monitored
22authority's passenger rail and associated transit operations and
23budget, acquisition of property, management of revenue and bond
24proceeds, and compliance with applicable laws and generally
25accepted accounting principles. The commission may seek the
26assistance of the Auditor General in conducting such reviews and
27shall report the findings of such reviews to the Legislature.
28This paragraph does not preclude the Florida Transportation
29Commission from conducting its performance and work program
30monitoring responsibilities.
31     2.  Advising the department on policies and strategies used
32in planning, designing, building, operating, financing, and
33maintaining a coordinated statewide system of passenger rail
35     3.  Evaluating passenger rail policies and providing advice
36and recommendations to the Legislature on passenger rail
37operations in the state.
38     Section 75.  Subsection (13) is added to section 311.09,
39Florida Statutes, to read:
40     311.09  Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic
41Development Council.-
42     (13)  Until July 1, 2014, Citrus County may apply for a
43grant through the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic
44Development Council to perform a feasibility study regarding the
45establishment of a port in Citrus County. The council shall
46evaluate such application in accordance with subsections (5)-(9)
47and, if approved, the Department of Transportation shall include
48the feasibility study in its budget request pursuant to  
49subsection (10).
50     Section 76.  Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
51374.976, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
52     374.976  Authority to address impacts of waterway
53development projects.-
54     (1)  Each inland navigation district is empowered and
55authorized to undertake programs intended to alleviate the
56problems associated with its waterway or waterways, including,
57but not limited to, the following:
58     (c)  The district is authorized to aid and cooperate with
59the Federal Government; state; member counties; nonmember
60counties that contain any part of the intracoastal waterway
61within their boundaries; navigation districts; the seaports of
62Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Port Citrus, Fort Pierce, Palm
63Beach, Port Everglades, Miami, Port Manatee, St. Petersburg,
64Tampa, Port St. Joe, Panama City, Pensacola, Key West, and
65Fernandina; and local governments within the district in
66planning and carrying out public navigation, local and regional
67anchorage management, beach renourishment, public recreation,
68inlet management, environmental education, and boating safety
69projects, directly related to the waterways. The district is
70also authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with the
71United States Army Corps of Engineers, state, and member
72counties, and to covenant in any such cooperative agreement to
73pay part of the costs of acquisition, planning, development,
74construction, reconstruction, extension, improvement, operation,
75and maintenance of such projects.
T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T
81     Remove line 186 and insert:
82changes made by the act; amending s. 20.23, F.S.; providing that
83the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission has the primary
84and exclusive authority to monitor certain designated functions
85related to passenger rail systems; removing from the Florida
86Transportation Commission the responsibility and duty to monitor
87the efficiency, productivity, and management of all publicly
88funded passenger rail systems in the state; amending s. 311.09,
89F.S.; providing that Citrus County may apply for a grant for a
90feasibility study through the Florida Seaport Transportation and
91Economic Development Council; providing for the evaluation of
92the application; requiring the Department of Transportation to
93include the study in its budget request under certain
94circumstances; amending s. 374.976, F.S.; conforming provisions
95to include Port Citrus in provisions relating to the authority
96of inland navigation districts; providing effective dates.

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