Bill No. CS/HJR 7111
Amendment No. 813491
Senate House

1Representative Steinberg offered the following:
3     Substitute Amendment for Amendment (379527) (with title
5     Remove everything after the resolving clause and insert:
6     That the following amendment to Section 14 of Article V of
7the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to
8the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next
9general election:
12     SECTION 14.  Funding.-
13     (a)  All justices and judges shall be compensated only by
14state salaries fixed by general law. Funding for the state
15courts system, state attorneys' offices, public defenders'
16offices, and court-appointed counsel, except as otherwise
17provided in subsection (c), shall be provided from state
18revenues appropriated by general law.
19     (b)  All funding for the offices of the clerks of the
20circuit and county courts performing court-related functions,
21except as otherwise provided in this subsection and subsection
22(c), shall be provided by adequate and appropriate filing fees
23for judicial proceedings and service charges and costs for
24performing court-related functions as required by general law.
25Selected salaries, costs, and expenses of the state courts
26system may be funded from appropriate filing fees for judicial
27proceedings and service charges and costs for performing court-
28related functions, as provided by general law. Where the
29requirements of either the United States Constitution or the
30Constitution of the State of Florida preclude the imposition of
31filing fees for judicial proceedings and service charges and
32costs for performing court-related functions sufficient to fund
33the court-related functions of the offices of the clerks of the
34circuit and county courts, the state shall provide, as
35determined by the legislature, adequate and appropriate
36supplemental funding from state revenues appropriated by general
38     (c)  No county or municipality, except as provided in this
39subsection, shall be required to provide any funding for the
40state courts system, state attorneys' offices, public defenders'
41offices, court-appointed counsel or the offices of the clerks of
42the circuit and county courts performing court-related
43functions. Counties shall be required to fund the cost of
44communications services, existing radio systems, existing multi-
45agency criminal justice information systems, and the cost of
46construction or lease, maintenance, utilities, and security of
47facilities for the trial courts, public defenders' offices,
48state attorneys' offices, and the offices of the clerks of the
49circuit and county courts performing court-related functions.
50Counties shall also pay reasonable and necessary salaries,
51costs, and expenses of the state courts system to meet local
52requirements as determined by general law.
53     (d)  The judiciary shall have no power to fix
55     (e)  Commencing with the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the total
56appropriation of general revenue and State Courts Revenue Trust
57Fund funds to the state courts system shall equal no less than
582.25 percent of the total general revenue funds appropriated in
59the 2013-2014 general appropriations act. Federal funds, grants,
60and funds received for the benefit of other agencies may not be
61included in the calculation of the 2.25 percent. The funds
62allocated to the state courts system may not be reduced in any
63special appropriations action by an amount greater than the
64percentage reduction taken to general revenue funds in the act
65as compared to the general appropriations act then in effect.
66The funding allocated to the state courts system may not be
67automatically reduced due to declines in general revenue. For
68purposes of this subsection, the state courts system includes
69the courts included in Section 1 of this article, including
70their direct administrative and support entities, and the
71Judicial Qualifications Commission.
72     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be
73placed on the ballot:
76     STATE COURTS.-Proposing an amendment to the State
77Constitution regarding the courts. State appropriations are made
78annually by general law. Current law does not require any
79specific level of funding for any agency or department. This
80amendment requires that the courts be appropriated a minimum of
812.25 percent of general revenue funding beginning with the 2013-
822014 fiscal year.
T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T
86     Remove the entire title and insert:
House Joint Resolution
88A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 14 of
89Article V of the State Constitution to require that a
90specified minimum percentage of general revenue funds be
91appropriated to the courts.

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