Florida Senate - 2019                              CS for SB 762
       By the Committee on Judiciary; and Senator Gruters
       590-03468-19                                           2019762c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to duties and obligations of sheriffs;
    3         amending s. 30.15, F.S.; requiring each sheriff to
    4         coordinate with certain boards of county commissioners
    5         and chief judges to develop a comprehensive plan for
    6         security of trial court facilities; specifying that
    7         sheriffs and chief judges retain certain authorities;
    8         specifying that sheriffs and their deputies,
    9         employees, and contractors are officers of the court
   10         under specified circumstances; providing an effective
   11         date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Subsection (4) is added to section 30.15,
   16  Florida Statutes, to read:
   17         30.15 Powers, duties, and obligations.—
   18         (4)(a) In accordance with each county’s obligation under s.
   19  14, Art. V of the State Constitution and s. 29.008 to fund
   20  security for trial court facilities, the sheriff of each county
   21  shall coordinate with the board of county commissioners of that
   22  county and the chief judge of the circuit in which that county
   23  is located on the development of a comprehensive plan for the
   24  provision of security for trial court facilities. Each sheriff
   25  shall retain authority over the implementation and provision of
   26  law enforcement services associated with the plan. The chief
   27  judge of the circuit shall retain decision-making authority to
   28  ensure the protection of due process rights, including, but not
   29  limited to, the scheduling and conduct of trial and other
   30  judicial proceedings as part of his or her responsibility for
   31  the administrative supervision of trial courts under s. 43.26.
   32         (b) Sheriffs and their deputies, employees, and contractors
   33  are officers of the court when providing security for trial
   34  court facilities under this subsection.
   35         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.