Florida Senate - 2016 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 7018 Ì906410lÎ906410 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: NC/2R . 03/03/2016 11:17 AM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Flores moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Between lines 850 and 851 4 insert: 5 Section 11. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) and paragraph 6 (b) of subsection (4) of section 125.901, Florida Statutes, are 7 amended to read 8 125.901 Children’s services; independent special district; 9 council; powers, duties, and functions; public records 10 exemption.— 11 (1) Each county may by ordinance create an independent 12 special district, as defined in ss. 189.012 and 200.001(8)(e), 13 to provide funding for children’s services throughout the county 14 in accordance with this section. The boundaries of such district 15 shall be coterminous with the boundaries of the county. The 16 county governing body shall obtain approval, by a majority vote 17 of those electors voting on the question, to annually levy ad 18 valorem taxes which shall not exceed the maximum millage rate 19 authorized by this section. Any district created pursuant to the 20 provisions of this subsection shall be required to levy and fix 21 millage subject to the provisions of s. 200.065. Once such 22 millage is approved by the electorate, the district shall not be 23 required to seek approval of the electorate in future years to 24 levy the previously approved millage. 25 (b) However, any county as defined in s. 125.011(1) may 26 instead have a governing body consisting of 33 members, 27 including: the superintendent of schools or the superintendent’s 28 designee; two representatives of public postsecondary education 29 institutions located in the county; the county manager or the 30 equivalent county officer; the district administrator from the 31 appropriate district of the Department of Children and Families, 32 or the administrator’s designee who is a member of the Senior 33 Management Service or the Selected Exempt Service; the director 34 of the county health department or the director’s designee; the 35 state attorney for the county or the state attorney’s designee; 36 the chief judge assigned to juvenile cases, or another juvenile 37 judge who is the chief judge’s designee and who shall sit as a 38 voting member of the board, except that the judge may not vote 39 or participate in setting ad valorem taxes under this section; 40 an individual who is selected by the board of the local United 41 Way or its equivalent; a member of a locally recognized faith 42 based coalition, selected by that coalition; a member of the 43 local chamber of commerce, selected by that chamber or, if more 44 than one chamber exists within the county, a person selected by 45 a coalition of the local chambers; a member of the early 46 learning coalition, selected by that coalition; a representative 47 of a labor organization or union active in the county; a member 48 of a local alliance or coalition engaged in cross-system 49 planning for health and social service delivery in the county, 50 selected by that alliance or coalition; a member of the local 51 Parent-Teachers Association/Parent-Teacher-Student Association, 52 selected by that association; a youth representative selected by 53 the local school system’s student government; a local school 54 board member appointed by the chair of the school board; the 55 mayor of the county or the mayor’s designee; one member of the 56 county governing body, appointed by the chair of that body; a 57 member of the state Legislature who represents residents of the 58 county, selected by the chair of the local legislative 59 delegation; an elected official representing the residents of a 60 municipality in the county, selected by the county municipal 61 league; and 4 members-at-large, appointed to the council by the 62 majority of sitting council members. The remaining 7 members 63 shall be appointed by the Governor in accordance with procedures 64 set forth in paragraph (a), except that the Governor may remove 65 a member for cause or upon the written petition of the council. 66 Appointments by the Governor must, to the extent reasonably 67 possible, represent the geographic and demographic diversity of 68 the population of the county. Members who are appointed to the 69 council by reason of their position are not subject to the 70 length of terms and limits on consecutive terms as provided in 71 this section. The remaining appointed members of the governing 72 body shall be appointed to serve 2-year terms, except that those 73 members appointed by the Governor shall be appointed to serve 4 74 year terms, and the youth representative and the legislative 75 delegate shall be appointed to serve 1-year terms. A member may 76 be reappointed; however, a member may not serve for more than 77 three consecutive terms. A member is eligible to be appointed 78 again after a 2-year hiatus from the council. 79 (4) 80 (b)1.a. Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the governing body 81 of the county shall submit the question of retention or 82 dissolution of a district with voter-approved taxing authority 83 to the electorate in the general election according to the 84 following schedule: 85 (I) For a district in existence on July 1, 2010, and 86 serving a county with a population of 400,000 or fewer persons 87 as of that date............................................2014. 88 (II) For a district in existence on July 1, 2010, and 89 serving a county with a population of 2 million or more persons 90 as of that date, unless the governing body of the county has 91 previously submitted such question voluntarily to the electorate 92 for a second time since 2005...............................2020. 93 b. A referendum by the electorate on or after July 1, 2010, 94 creating a new district with taxing authority may specify that 95 the district is not subject to reauthorization or may specify 96 the number of years for which the initial authorization shall 97 remain effective. If the referendum does not prescribe terms of 98 reauthorization, the governing body of the county shall submit 99 the question of retention or dissolution of the district to the 100 electorate in the general election 12 years after the initial 101 authorization. 102 2. The governing body of the district may specify, and 103 submit to the governing body of the county no later than 9 104 months before the scheduled election, that the district is not 105 subsequently subject to reauthorization or may specify the 106 number of years for which a reauthorization under this paragraph 107 shall remain effective. If the governing body of the district 108 makes such specification and submission, the governing body of 109 the county shall include that information in the question 110 submitted to the electorate. If the governing body of the 111 district does not specify and submit such information, the 112 governing body of the county shall resubmit the question of 113 reauthorization to the electorate every 12 years after the year 114 prescribed in subparagraph 1. The governing body of the district 115 may recommend to the governing body of the county language for 116 the question submitted to the electorate. 117 3. Nothing in this paragraph limits the authority to 118 dissolve a district as provided under paragraph (a). 119 4. Nothing in this paragraph precludes the governing body 120 of a district from requesting that the governing body of the 121 county submit the question of retention or dissolution of a 122 district with voter-approved taxing authority to the electorate 123 at a date earlier than the year prescribed in subparagraph 1. If 124 the governing body of the county accepts the request and submits 125 the question to the electorate, the governing body satisfies the 126 requirement of that subparagraph. 127 128 If any district is dissolved pursuant to this subsection, each 129 county must first obligate itself to assume the debts, 130 liabilities, contracts, and outstanding obligations of the 131 district within the total millage available to the county 132 governing body for all county and municipal purposes as provided 133 for under s. 9, Art. VII of the State Constitution. Any district 134 may also be dissolved pursuant to part VII of chapter 189. 135 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 136 And the title is amended as follows: 137 Delete line 45 138 and insert: 139 department to file a written notification; amending s. 140 125.901, F.S.; revising requirements related to the 141 governing body of certain counties; revising 142 requirements related to a certain schedule by which 143 the governing body of a county must submit the 144 question of retention or dissolution of a district 145 with voter-approved taxing authority to the electorate 146 in the general election; creating s.