Florida Senate - 2015                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 7076
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/14/2015           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Simpson)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 28 - 71
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Subsections (3) and (4) of section 288.980,
    6  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
    7         288.980 Military base retention; legislative intent; grants
    8  program.—
    9         (3)(a) The department is authorized to award grants on a
   10  competitive basis from any funds available to it to support
   11  activities related to the Florida Defense Reinvestment Grant
   12  Program and the Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant Program.
   13         (b) As used in this section, the term “activities” as used
   14  in this section means studies, presentations, analyses, plans,
   15  and modeling. For the purposes of the Florida Defense
   16  Reinvestment Grant Program, the term also includes, but is not
   17  limited to, economic development grants provided to businesses
   18  in defense-dependent communities. For the purposes of the
   19  Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant Program, the term
   20  “activities” also includes, but is not limited to, construction,
   21  land purchases, and easements. Staff salaries are not considered
   22  an “activity” for which grant funds may be awarded. Travel costs
   23  and costs incidental thereto incurred by a grant recipient shall
   24  be considered an “activity” for which grant funds may be
   25  awarded.
   26         (c) The department shall require that an applicant:
   27         1. Represent a local government with a military
   28  installation or military installations that could be adversely
   29  affected by federal actions.
   30         2. Agree to match at least 30 percent of any grant awarded.
   31         3. Prepare a coordinated program or plan of action
   32  delineating how the eligible project will be administered and
   33  accomplished.
   34         3.4. Provide documentation describing the potential for
   35  changes to the mission of a military installation located in the
   36  applicant’s community and the potential impacts such changes
   37  will have on the applicant’s community.
   38         (d) In making grant awards the department shall consider,
   39  at a minimum, the following factors:
   40         1. The relative value of the particular military
   41  installation in terms of its importance to the local and state
   42  economy relative to other military installations.
   43         2. The potential job displacement within the local
   44  community should the mission of the military installation be
   45  changed.
   46         3. The potential impact on industries and technologies
   47  which service the military installation.
   48         (4) The Florida Defense Reinvestment Grant Program is
   49  established to respond to the need for this state to work in
   50  conjunction with defense-dependent communities in developing and
   51  implementing strategies and approaches that will help
   52  communities support the missions of military installations, and
   53  in developing and implementing alternative economic
   54  diversification strategies to transition from a defense economy
   55  to a nondefense economy. Eligible applicants include defense
   56  dependent counties and cities, and local economic development
   57  councils located within such communities. The program shall be
   58  administered by the department and grant awards may be provided
   59  to support community-based activities that:
   60         (a) Protect existing military installations;
   61         (b) Diversify or grow the economy of a defense-dependent
   62  community; or
   63         (c) Develop plans for the reuse of closed or realigned
   64  military installations, including any plans necessary for
   65  infrastructure improvements needed to facilitate reuse and
   66  related marketing activities.
   68  Applications for grants under this subsection must include a
   69  coordinated program of work or plan of action delineating how
   70  the eligible project will be administered and accomplished,
   71  which must include a plan for ensuring close cooperation between
   72  civilian and military authorities in the conduct of the funded
   73  activities and a plan for public involvement. An applicant must
   74  agree to match at least 30 percent of any grant awarded.
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   77  And the title is amended as follows:
   78         Delete line 3
   79  and insert:
   80         amending s. 288.980, F.S.; revising the definition of
   81         the term “activities”; removing the requirement