Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1544
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/01/2016           .                                

       The Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and
       Domestic Security (Gibson) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 252.3655, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         252.3655Natural hazards interagency workgroup.—
    8         (1)(a)An interagency workgroup is created for the purpose
    9  of sharing information on the current and potential impacts of
   10  natural hazards throughout the state, coordinating the ongoing
   11  efforts of state agencies in addressing the impacts of natural
   12  hazards, and collaborating on statewide initiatives to address
   13  the impacts of natural hazards. As used in this section, the
   14  term “natural hazards” includes, but is not limited to, extreme
   15  heat, drought, wildfire, sea-level change, high tides, storm
   16  surge, saltwater intrusion, stormwater runoff, flash floods,
   17  inland flooding, and coastal flooding.
   18         (b)Each agency within the executive branch of state
   19  government, each water management district, and the Florida
   20  Public Service Commission shall select from within such agency a
   21  person to be designated as the agency liaison to the workgroup.
   22         (c) The director of the Division of Emergency Management or
   23  his or her designee shall serve as the liaison to and
   24  coordinator of the workgroup.
   25         (d) Each liaison shall provide information from his or her
   26  respective agency on the current and potential impacts of
   27  natural hazards to his or her agency, agency resources available
   28  to mitigate against natural hazards, and efforts made by the
   29  agency to address the impacts of natural hazards.
   30         (e)The workgroup shall meet in person or by teleconference
   31  on a quarterly basis to share information, leverage agency
   32  resources, coordinate ongoing efforts, and provide information
   33  for inclusion in the annual progress report submitted pursuant
   34  to subsection (2).
   35         (2)(a)On behalf of the workgroup, the Division of
   36  Emergency Management shall prepare an annual progress report on
   37  the implementation of the state’s hazard mitigation plan,
   38  developed and submitted in accordance with 42 U.S.C. s. 5165 and
   39  any implementing regulations, as it relates to natural hazards.
   40  At a minimum, the annual progress report must:
   41         1.Assess the relevance, level, and significance of current
   42  agency efforts to address the impacts of natural hazards; and
   43         2.Strategize and prioritize ongoing efforts to address the
   44  impacts of natural hazards.
   45         (b)Each liaison is responsible for ensuring that the
   46  workgroup’s annual progress report is posted on his or her
   47  agency’s website.
   48         (c)By January 1, 2018, and each year thereafter, the
   49  workgroup shall submit the annual progress report to the
   50  Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the
   51  House of Representatives.
   52         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.
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   55  And the title is amended as follows:
   56         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   57  and insert:
   58                        A bill to be entitled                      
   59         An act relating to natural hazards; creating s.
   60         252.3655, F.S.; creating an interagency workgroup to
   61         share information, coordinate ongoing efforts, and
   62         collaborate on initiatives relating to natural
   63         hazards; defining the term “natural hazards”;
   64         requiring certain agencies to designate liaisons to
   65         the workgroup; designating the director of the
   66         Division of Emergency Management or his or her
   67         designee as the liaison to and coordinator of the
   68         workgroup; specifying duties and responsibilities of
   69         each liaison and the workgroup; requiring the division
   70         to prepare an annual report; specifying report
   71         requirements; requiring each agency liaison to ensure
   72         that the report is posted on his or her agency’s
   73         website; requiring the workgroup to submit the report
   74         to the Governor and the Legislature; providing an
   75         effective date.