Florida Senate - 2018 CS for SB 182 By the Committee on Transportation; and Senator Rodriguez 596-02944-18 2018182c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Small Business Road 3 Construction Mitigation Grant Program; creating s. 4 339.28154, F.S.; providing legislative findings; 5 requiring the Department of Transportation to create a 6 Small Business Road Construction Mitigation Grant 7 Program; defining the terms “construction mitigation 8 zone” and “qualified business”; requiring the 9 department to disburse grants to qualified businesses 10 for the purpose of maintaining the businesses during a 11 road construction project; limiting the amount of each 12 grant; providing application and eligibility 13 requirements; requiring the Department of Economic 14 Opportunity to provide assistance under certain 15 circumstances; providing for prioritization of awards; 16 providing that any grant awarded offsets any civil 17 damages against the Department of Transportation; 18 requiring the Department of Transportation to submit a 19 certain report to the Legislature and initiate 20 rulemaking by specified dates; providing an effective 21 date. 22 23 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 24 25 Section 1. Section 339.28154, Florida Statutes, is created 26 to read: 27 339.28154 Small Business Road Construction Mitigation Grant 28 Program.— 29 (1) The Legislature finds that it is in the best interest 30 of the state to support small businesses that are negatively 31 impacted by state road construction projects and to mitigate the 32 negative impacts on such businesses. While the benefit of road 33 construction and development by the state ultimately helps small 34 business growth, small businesses may experience, in the short 35 term, decreased revenue that may decrease economic activity, 36 state revenue, and employment. 37 (2) The department shall, subject to legislative 38 appropriation, create a Small Business Road Construction 39 Mitigation Grant Program to provide support for qualified 40 businesses that are impacted by state road construction 41 projects. 42 (3) As used in this section, the term: 43 (a) “Construction mitigation zone” means a geographic area 44 with a high concentration of qualified businesses which is 45 designated by the department as being impacted by a road 46 construction project of the department. 47 (b) “Qualified business” means an entity that: 48 1. Is engaged in a for-profit business enterprise; 49 2. Employs up to 40 full-time or part-time employees; and 50 3. Is located in a construction mitigation zone. 51 (4)(a) The department shall disburse grants to qualified 52 businesses for the purpose of maintaining the businesses during 53 a road construction project. 54 (b) The grant to each qualified business may not exceed the 55 decline in revenue demonstrated by the business or $15,000 per 56 calendar year, whichever is less. 57 (c) A qualified business may apply to the department for a 58 grant only for a construction project lasting 90 days or more. 59 To be eligible for a grant, the qualified business must 60 demonstrate in its application a significant decline in revenue, 61 including timelines connecting the project to such decline in 62 revenue, in a format and manner prescribed by the department. 63 The Department of Economic Opportunity shall, upon request and 64 at no cost to the applicant, assist an applicant in preparing 65 documentation to demonstrate such decline. 66 (5) The department shall prioritize the awarding of each 67 grant on a case-by-case basis using all of the following 68 criteria: 69 (a) Rate of decline in revenue. 70 (b) Duration of construction. 71 (c) Proximity to construction. 72 (d) Severity of traffic disruption. 73 (e) Lack of access to parking. 74 (f) Lack of access for pedestrian traffic. 75 (g) Any other criteria the department determines to be 76 relevant. 77 (6) Any grant received shall offset any damages awarded in 78 a civil action against the department relating to the road 79 construction project. 80 (7) On or before January 31, 2019, the department shall 81 submit a report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker 82 of the House of Representatives detailing best practices and 83 methods to reduce the negative impacts of road construction 84 projects on qualified businesses, including a list of 85 recommendations. 86 (8) By August 31, 2018, the department shall initiate 87 rulemaking to implement this section. 88 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.