Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1724
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/11/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment to Amendment (485468) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Between lines 240 and 241
    5  insert:
    6         Section 8. Section 16.617, Florida Statutes, is created to
    7  read:
    8         16.617 Statewide Council on Human Trafficking; creation;
    9  membership; duties.—
   10         (1) CREATION.—There is created the Statewide Council on
   11  Human Trafficking within the Department of Legal Affairs. The
   12  council is created for the purpose of enhancing the development
   13  and coordination of state and local law enforcement and social
   14  services responses to fight commercial sexual exploitation, as a
   15  form of human trafficking, and support victims.
   16         (2) MEMBERSHIP.—
   17         (a) The council shall consist of the following members:
   18         1. The Attorney General, or a designee, who shall serve as
   19  chair.
   20         2. The Secretary of the Department of Children and
   21  Families, or a designee, who shall serve as vice chair.
   22         3. The State Surgeon General, or a designee.
   23         4. The Secretary of the Agency for Health Care
   24  Administration, or a designee.
   25         5. The executive director of the Department of Law
   26  Enforcement, or a designee.
   27         6. The Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice, or
   28  a designee.
   29         7. The Commissioner of the Department of Education, or a
   30  designee.
   31         8. One member of the Senate, appointed by the President of
   32  the Senate.
   33         9. One member of the House of Representatives, appointed by
   34  the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
   35         10. An elected sheriff, appointed by the Attorney General.
   36         11. An elected state attorney, appointed by the Attorney
   37  General.
   38         12. Two members appointed by the Attorney General and two
   39  members appointed by the Governor, all of whom have professional
   40  experience to assist the council in the development of care and
   41  treatment options for victims of human trafficking.
   42         (b) Each member shall be appointed to a 4-year term.
   43  However, for the purpose of achieving staggered terms, the
   44  Attorney General, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker
   45  of the House of Representatives shall each initially appoint
   46  their respective members to serve a 2-year term. All subsequent
   47  appointments shall be for 4-year terms. A vacancy that occurs
   48  shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment
   49  and shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term of that
   50  seat.
   51         (c) A member may not receive a commission, fee, or
   52  financial benefit in connection with serving on the council.
   53  Pursuant to s. 112.061, council members may be entitled to
   54  reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses by the state
   55  agency the member represents. If a member is not affiliated with
   56  a state agency, the member shall be reimbursed by the Department
   57  of Legal Affairs.
   58         (3) ORGANIZATION AND SUPPORT.—
   59         (a) The first meeting of the council shall be held by
   60  September 1, 2014. Thereafter, the council shall meet at least
   61  once each quarter every calendar year. Meetings may be held via
   62  teleconference or other electronic means.
   63         (b) A majority of the members of the council constitutes a
   64  quorum.
   65         (c) The Department of Legal Affairs shall provide the
   66  council with staff necessary to assist the council in the
   67  performance of its duties.
   68         (4) DUTIES.—The council shall:
   69         (a) Develop recommendations for comprehensive programs and
   70  services for victims of human trafficking to include
   71  recommendations for certification criteria for safe houses and
   72  safe foster homes.
   73         (b) Make recommendations for apprehending and prosecuting
   74  traffickers and enhancing coordination of responses.
   75         (c) Annually hold a statewide policy summit in conjunction
   76  with an institution of higher learning in this state.
   77         (d) Work with the Department of Children and Families to
   78  create and maintain an inventory of human trafficking programs
   79  and services in each county, including, but not limited to,
   80  awareness programs and victim assistance services, which can be
   81  used to determine how to maximize existing resources and address
   82  unmet needs and emerging trends.
   83         (e) Develop policy recommendations that advance the duties
   84  of the council and that further the efforts to combat human
   85  trafficking in the state.
   86         (5) REPORT.—By each October 31, the council shall submit a
   87  report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
   88  House of Representatives summarizing the accomplishments of the
   89  council during the preceding fiscal year and making
   90  recommendations regarding the development and coordination of
   91  state and local law enforcement and social services responses to
   92  combat human trafficking and support victims.
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   95  And the title is amended as follows:
   96         Delete line 295
   97  and insert:
   98         985.115, F.S.; conforming cross-references; creating
   99         s. 16.617, F.S.; creating the Statewide Council on
  100         Human Trafficking within the Department of Legal
  101         Affairs; providing the purpose of the council;
  102         providing for membership of the council, appointment
  103         of members, and reimbursement of members; providing
  104         for meetings; requiring the Department of Legal
  105         Affairs to provide staff to the council; specifying
  106         duties of the council; requiring an annual report to
  107         the Legislature by a specified date; requiring