Florida Senate - 2017                                     SB 214
       By Senator Steube
       23-00424-17                                            2017214__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Division of Historical
    3         Resources; amending s. 267.031, F.S.; revising
    4         provisions governing the division’s responsibilities
    5         in issuing permits for survey, excavation, and salvage
    6         activities on state-owned lands or on state-owned
    7         sovereignty submerged lands; repealing s. 267.0625,
    8         F.S., relating to the abrogation of offensive and
    9         derogatory geographic place names; repealing s.
   10         267.115(9), F.S., relating to the division’s
   11         authorization to implement a program for administering
   12         finds of artifacts from state-owned river bottoms;
   13         providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (5) of section
   18  267.031, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   19         267.031 Division of Historical Resources; powers and
   20  duties.—
   21         (5) It is the responsibility of the division to:
   22         (n) Protect and administer historical resources abandoned
   23  on state-owned lands or on state-owned sovereignty submerged
   24  lands. The division may issue permits for survey and exploration
   25  activities to identify historical resources and may issue
   26  permits for excavation and salvage activities to recover
   27  historical resources. The division may issue permits for
   28  archaeological excavation activities for scientific or
   29  educational purposes on state-owned lands or on state-owned
   30  sovereignty submerged lands. The division may also issue permits
   31  for exploration and salvage of historic shipwreck sites by
   32  commercial salvors on state-owned sovereignty submerged lands.
   33  The division shall adopt rules to administer the issuance of
   34  permits for all such activities. In addition, the division shall
   35  adopt rules to administer the transfer of objects recovered by
   36  commercial salvors under permit in exchange for recovery
   37  services provided to the state.
   38         Section 2. Section 267.0625 and subsection (9) of section
   39  267.115, Florida Statutes, are repealed.
   40         Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.