Florida Senate - 2015                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (511078) for CS for SB 1554
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Garcia) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 1859 - 1905
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 35. Paragraphs (a), (c), and (d) of subsection (3)
    6  and paragraph (c) of subsection (7) of section 339.175, Florida
    7  Statutes, are amended to read:
    8         339.175 Metropolitan planning organization.—
    9         (3) VOTING MEMBERSHIP.—
   10         (a) The voting membership of an M.P.O. shall consist of at
   11  least 5 but not more than 25 apportioned members, with the exact
   12  number determined on an equitable geographic-population ratio
   13  basis, based on an agreement among the affected units of
   14  general-purpose local government and the Governor, as required
   15  by federal regulations. In accordance with 23 U.S.C. s. 134, the
   16  Governor may also allow M.P.O. members who represent
   17  municipalities to alternate with representatives from other
   18  municipalities within the metropolitan planning area which do
   19  not have members on the M.P.O. With the exception of counties
   20  chartered under s. 6(e), Art. VIII of the State Constitution and
   21  instances in which all of the county commissioners in a single
   22  county M.P.O. are members of the M.P.O. governing board, county
   23  commissioners shall compose at least one-third of the M.P.O.
   24  governing board membership. A multicounty M.P.O. may satisfy
   25  this requirement by any combination of county commissioners from
   26  each of the counties constituting the M.P.O. Voting members
   27  shall be elected officials of general-purpose local governments,
   28  one of whom may represent a group of general-purpose local
   29  governments through an entity created by an M.P.O. for that
   30  purpose. An M.P.O. may include, as part of its apportioned
   31  voting members, a member of a statutorily authorized planning
   32  board, an official of an agency that operates or administers a
   33  major mode of transportation, or an official of Space Florida.
   34  As used in this section, the term “elected officials of a
   35  general-purpose local government” excludes constitutional
   36  officers, including sheriffs, tax collectors, supervisors of
   37  elections, property appraisers, clerks of the court, and similar
   38  types of officials. County commissioners shall compose not less
   39  than 20 percent of the M.P.O. membership if an official of an
   40  agency that operates or administers a major mode of
   41  transportation has been appointed to an M.P.O.
   42         (c) Except as provided in paragraph (d), and any other
   43  provision of this section to the contrary notwithstanding, a
   44  chartered county with over 1 million population may elect to
   45  reapportion the membership of an M.P.O. whose jurisdiction is
   46  wholly within the county. The charter county may exercise the
   47  provisions of this paragraph if:
   48         1. The M.P.O. approves the reapportionment plan by a three
   49  fourths vote of its membership;
   50         2. The M.P.O. and the charter county determine that the
   51  reapportionment plan is needed to fulfill specific goals and
   52  policies applicable to that metropolitan planning area; and
   53         3. The charter county determines the reapportionment plan
   54  otherwise complies with all federal requirements pertaining to
   55  M.P.O. membership.
   57  Any charter county that elects to exercise the provisions of
   58  this paragraph shall notify the Governor in writing.
   59         (d) Any other provision of this section to the contrary
   60  notwithstanding, the membership of an M.P.O. in any county
   61  chartered under s. 6(e), Art. VIII of the State Constitution
   62  whose jurisdiction is wholly contained within the county shall
   63  be the county mayor, the chairperson of the county commission,
   64  the chairperson of the county’s transportation committee, one
   65  elected official appointed by the governing body of each
   66  municipality with a population of 50,000 or more residents, one
   67  county commissioner appointed by the Governor whose district
   68  includes at least three municipalities with a population less
   69  than 50,000 each, one county commissioner appointed by the
   70  Governor whose district includes only unincorporated areas of
   71  the county, one county commissioner appointed by the Governor
   72  whose district includes Biscayne National Park, one school board
   73  member appointed by the Governor, one nonvoting representative
   74  from the county’s expressway authority appointed by the
   75  Governor, and one representative of the department serving as a
   76  nonvoting advisor may elect to have its county commission serve
   77  as the M.P.O., if the M.P.O. jurisdiction is wholly contained
   78  within the county. Any charter county that elects to exercise
   79  the provisions of this paragraph shall so notify the Governor in
   80  writing. Upon receipt of such notification, the Governor must
   81  designate the county commission as the M.P.O. The Governor must
   82  appoint four additional voting members to the M.P.O., one of
   83  whom must be an elected official representing a municipality
   84  within the county, one of whom must be an expressway authority
   85  member, one of whom must be a person who does not hold elected
   86  public office and who resides in the unincorporated portion of
   87  the county, and one of whom must be a school board member.
   88         (7) LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN.—Each M.P.O. must
   89  develop a long-range transportation plan that addresses at least
   90  a 20-year planning horizon. The plan must include both long
   91  range and short-range strategies and must comply with all other
   92  state and federal requirements. The prevailing principles to be
   93  considered in the long-range transportation plan are: preserving
   94  the existing transportation infrastructure; enhancing Florida’s
   95  economic competitiveness; and improving travel choices to ensure
   96  mobility. The long-range transportation plan must be consistent,
   97  to the maximum extent feasible, with future land use elements
   98  and the goals, objectives, and policies of the approved local
   99  government comprehensive plans of the units of local government
  100  located within the jurisdiction of the M.P.O. Each M.P.O. is
  101  encouraged to consider strategies that integrate transportation
  102  and land use planning to provide for sustainable development and
  103  reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The approved long-range
  104  transportation plan must be considered by local governments in
  105  the development of the transportation elements in local
  106  government comprehensive plans and any amendments thereto. The
  107  long-range transportation plan must, at a minimum:
  108         (c) Assess capital investment and other measures necessary
  109  to:
  110         1. Ensure the preservation of the existing metropolitan
  111  transportation system including requirements for the operation,
  112  resurfacing, restoration, and rehabilitation of major roadways
  113  and requirements for the operation, maintenance, modernization,
  114  and rehabilitation of public transportation facilities; and
  115         2. Make the most efficient use of existing transportation
  116  facilities to relieve vehicular congestion, improve safety, and
  117  maximize the mobility of people and goods. Such efforts shall
  118  include, but not be limited to, consideration of infrastructure
  119  and technological improvements necessary to accommodate advances
  120  in vehicle technology, such as autonomous vehicle technology and
  121  other developments.
  123  In the development of its long-range transportation plan, each
  124  M.P.O. must provide the public, affected public agencies,
  125  representatives of transportation agency employees, freight
  126  shippers, providers of freight transportation services, private
  127  providers of transportation, representatives of users of public
  128  transit, and other interested parties with a reasonable
  129  opportunity to comment on the long-range transportation plan.
  130  The long-range transportation plan must be approved by the
  131  M.P.O.
  132         Section 36. Section 339.176, Florida Statutes, is amended
  133  to read:
  134         339.176 Voting membership for M.P.O. with boundaries
  135  including certain counties.—In addition to the voting membership
  136  established by s. 339.175(3) and notwithstanding any other
  137  provision of law to the contrary, the voting membership of any
  138  Metropolitan Planning Organization whose geographical boundaries
  139  include any county as defined in s. 125.011(1) must include an
  140  additional voting member appointed by the that city’s governing
  141  body for each municipality city with a population of 50,000 or
  142  more residents, except as otherwise provided in s.
  143  339.175(3)(d).
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  146  And the title is amended as follows:
  147         Delete lines 212 - 219
  148  and insert:
  149         s. 339.175, F.S.; revising the membership of certain
  150         metropolitan planning organizations; requiring certain
  151         long-range transportation plans to include assessment
  152         of capital investment and other measures necessary to
  153         make the most efficient use of existing transportation
  154         facilities to improve safety; requiring the
  155         assessments to include consideration of infrastructure
  156         and technological improvements necessary to
  157         accommodate advances in vehicle technology; amending
  158         s. 339.176, F.S.; providing an exception to the voting
  159         membership of metropolitan planning organizations in
  160         certain counties; amending