2015 Legislature                        SB 2506-A, 1st Engrossed
    2         An act relating to the Florida Business Information
    3         Portal; creating s. 20.166, F.S.; establishing the
    4         Florida Business Information Portal within the
    5         Department of Business and Professional Regulation;
    6         requiring the department, in collaboration with
    7         specified state agencies, to implement the portal by a
    8         specified date; specifying the contents of the portal;
    9         requiring designated state agencies to cooperate with
   10         the department in the development, implementation, and
   11         updates of the portal; requiring the department to
   12         provide a report to the Governor and the Legislature
   13         containing recommendations and estimated costs for the
   14         inclusion of local government information in the
   15         portal; repealing s. 215.1995, F.S., relating to the
   16         One-Stop Business Registration Portal Clearing Trust
   17         Fund; repealing s. 288.109, F.S., relating to the One
   18         Stop Business Registration Portal; providing
   19         procedures for the termination of the trust fund;
   20         providing for construction of the act in pari materia
   21         with laws enacted during the 2015 Regular Session of
   22         the Legislature; providing for contingent retroactive
   23         operation; providing effective dates.
   25  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   27         Section 1. Section 20.166, Florida Statutes, is created to
   28  read:
   29         20.166 Florida Business Information Portal.—
   30         (1) The Florida Business Information Portal is established
   31  within the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
   32         (2) By June 30, 2017, the Department of Business and
   33  Professional Regulation, in collaboration with the state
   34  agencies identified in subsection (4), shall implement the
   35  Florida Business Information Portal. The Florida Business
   36  Information Portal shall provide the information needed to start
   37  and operate a business in Florida, including information
   38  regarding licenses, permits, or registrations that are issued by
   39  the state agencies in subsection (4).
   40         (3) The Florida Business Information Portal must provide at
   41  least the following:
   42         (a) A downloadable guide on how to start and operate a
   43  business in Florida.
   44         (b) A list of business types and a checklist for starting
   45  each type of business.
   46         (c) Links to guide users to the websites of appropriate
   47  state licensing, permitting, and registration agencies.
   48         (d) Information regarding business tax registration and
   49  filing.
   50         (e) Information regarding registering with the Department
   51  of State.
   52         (4) The state agencies that must cooperate with the
   53  Department of Business and Professional Regulation in the
   54  development, implementation, and ongoing content updates of the
   55  Florida Business Information Portal include, but are not limited
   56  to:
   57         (a) The Agency for Health Care Administration.
   58         (b) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
   59         (c) The Department of Economic Opportunity.
   60         (d) The Department of Environmental Protection.
   61         (e) The Department of Financial Services, including the
   62  Office of Financial Regulation and the Office of Insurance
   63  Regulation.
   64         (f) The Department of Health.
   65         (g) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
   66         (h) The Department of the Lottery.
   67         (i) The Department of Management Services.
   68         (j) The Department of Revenue.
   69         (k) The Department of State.
   70         (l) The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
   71         (5) By October 1, 2017, the Department of Business and
   72  Professional Regulation shall submit to the Governor, the
   73  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   74  Representatives a report containing recommendations and
   75  estimated costs for the inclusion of local government
   76  information in the Florida Business Information Portal.
   77         Section 2. Section 215.1995, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
   78         Section 3. Section 288.109, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
   79         Section 4. The One-Stop Business Registration Portal
   80  Clearing Trust Fund within the Department of Revenue, FLAIR
   81  number 73-2-977, is terminated. The Chief Financial Officer
   82  shall close out and remove the terminated trust fund from the
   83  various state accounting systems using generally accepted
   84  accounting principles concerning warrants outstanding, assets,
   85  and liabilities.
   86         Section 5. If any law amended by this act was also amended
   87  by a law enacted during the 2015 Regular Session of the
   88  Legislature, such laws shall be construed as if enacted during
   89  the same session of the Legislature, and full effect shall be
   90  given to each if possible.
   91         Section 6. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
   92  act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon
   93  this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect July 1,
   94  2015, or, if this act fails to become a law until after that
   95  date, it shall take effect upon becoming a law and operate
   96  retroactively to July 1, 2015.