Florida Senate - 2016 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 556 Ì566780<Î566780 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 02/26/2016 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (Clemens) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Florida Council on Poverty.— 6 (1) ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL.—The Florida Council on 7 Poverty is established and assigned to the Department of 8 Economic Opportunity as an advisory council, as defined in s. 9 20.03, Florida Statutes. The council shall be administratively 10 housed within the Department of Economic Opportunity. 11 (2) COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP.—The council shall consist of five 12 members who shall be residents of this state. The members shall 13 be appointed as follows: 14 (a) The Governor shall appoint one member who must be from 15 the Florida Association for Community Action, Inc. 16 (b) The Chief Financial Officer shall appoint one member. 17 (c) The Commissioner of Agriculture shall appoint one 18 member. 19 (d) The President of the Senate shall appoint one member. 20 (e) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall 21 appoint one member. 22 (3) MEETINGS; ORGANIZATION.— 23 (a) The first meeting of the council shall be held no later 24 than August 1, 2016. Thereafter, the council shall meet at least 25 twice each year. Meetings may be held via teleconference or 26 other electronic means. 27 (b) Members of the council shall annually elect from its 28 membership a chair and vice chair. The council shall meet at the 29 call of the chair or at such times as may be prescribed by the 30 council. 31 (c) Three members of the council constitute a quorum, and a 32 meeting may not be held unless a quorum is present. The 33 affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the council 34 present is necessary for any official action by the council. 35 (d) Members of the council shall serve without compensation 36 but may be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses in 37 accordance with s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. 38 (4) SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES.—The council shall: 39 (a) Conduct a review of policies and programs that work to 40 move people out of poverty. 41 (b) Develop strategies to address the causes of poverty in 42 the state. 43 (c) Develop recommendations to reduce the percentage of 44 people living in poverty in the state. 45 (d) Study the academic outcomes for children in poverty and 46 develop recommendations on how to improve such outcomes. 47 (5) REPORT.—By January 15 of each year, beginning in 2018, 48 the council shall submit an annual report to the Governor, the 49 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 50 Representatives containing an accounting of its activities and 51 recommendations for legislative, administrative, and regulatory 52 reforms to facilitate efforts in mitigating the existence of 53 poverty in this state. 54 (6) TERMINATION.—The Florida Council on Poverty shall be 55 abolished on July 1, 2019. 56 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016. 57 58 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 59 And the title is amended as follows: 60 Delete everything before the enacting clause 61 and insert: 62 A bill to be entitled 63 An act relating to the Florida Council on Poverty; 64 establishing the council within the Department of 65 Economic Opportunity; specifying the membership of the 66 council; providing for organization of the council; 67 authorizing reimbursement for per diem and travel 68 expenses; prescribing the scope of the council’s 69 activities; requiring the council to annually submit a 70 report to the Governor and Legislature; requiring the 71 council’s abolition by a specific date; providing an 72 effective date.