Florida Senate - 2015                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for CS for SB 532
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Evers moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 87 - 141
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
    6  20.375, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         20.375 Department of Veterans’ Affairs; trust funds.—The
    8  following trust funds shall be administered by the Department of
    9  Veterans’ Affairs:
   10         (2) Grants and Donations Trust Fund.
   11         (a) Funds to be credited to and uses of the trust fund
   12  shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of ss.
   13  215.32, 296.11, 296.38, 296.42, and 320.089.
   14         Section 2. Section 296.42, Florida Statutes, is created to
   15  read:
   16         296.42Site-selection process for state homes for
   17  veterans.—
   18         (1)Subject to the appropriation of state matching funds,
   19  the department may apply for federal grants through the United
   20  States Department of Veterans Affairs to construct or acquire
   21  facilities that will serve as state homes for veterans which
   22  provide domiciliary care, as defined in s. 296.02, or nursing
   23  home care.
   24         (2)To select sites for state homes, the department shall
   25  establish:
   26         (a)An open and competitive process to solicit and receive
   27  site proposals from any county in this state desiring to submit
   28  a proposal.
   29         (b) Criteria to be used by the department to evaluate and
   30  rank the site proposals.
   31         (3)After evaluating and ranking the site proposals, the
   32  department shall submit recommendations for site selection to
   33  the Governor and Cabinet, which must approve each final site
   34  selection.
   35         (4)Subject to legislative appropriation, the department
   36  may contract for one or more independent studies to assist it in
   37  evaluating the needs of veterans for state homes and in
   38  selecting areas of the state and sites which will best serve
   39  those needs.
   40         (5)The department may solicit and accept gifts, grants,
   41  endowments, and moneys from public or private sources to assist
   42  with the construction, renovation, furnishing, and maintenance
   43  of a state home for veterans. The director may determine how to
   44  use such gifts, grants, endowments, or moneys for the purposes
   45  identified in this subsection unless the benefactor requests
   46  that the donation be used for a specific purpose. Moneys
   47  received pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited into the
   48  Grants and Donations Trust Fund under s. 20.375(2).
   49         (6)The department may adopt rules to implement this
   50  section.
   51         (7)Notwithstanding subsections (2) and (3), the next two
   52  sites in this state for a state home for veterans shall be
   53  selected based on recommendations completed by the department in
   54  calendar year 2014. Each site selection must be approved by the
   55  Governor and Cabinet. This subsection expires July 1, 2016.
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   58  And the title is amended as follows:
   59         Delete lines 3 - 15
   60  and insert:
   61         amending s. 20.375, F.S.; requiring certain funds in
   62         the Grants and Donations Trust Fund administered by
   63         the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to be used for
   64         certain purposes relating to state homes for veterans;
   65         creating s. 296.42, F.S.; authorizing the Department
   66         of Veterans’ Affairs, subject to the appropriation of
   67         state matching funds, to apply for federal grants to
   68         construct or acquire certain state homes for veterans;
   69         requiring the department to solicit, evaluate, and
   70         rank county site proposals for state homes for
   71         veterans based on criteria established by the
   72         department; requiring the department to submit
   73         recommendations for site selection to the Governor and
   74         Cabinet; requiring the approval of the Governor and
   75         Cabinet for final site selections; authorizing the
   76         department, subject to legislative appropriation, to
   77         contract for certain studies relating to site
   78         selection; authorizing the department to solicit and
   79         accept gifts, grants, endowments, and moneys for
   80         specified purposes relating to state homes for
   81         veterans; authorizing the department to adopt certain
   82         rules; providing an exception to the act’s process for
   83         site selection for a specified period; amending ss.
   84         458.347 and 459.022, F.S.;