Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1212
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability
       (Gruters) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 54 - 173
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 2. Section 15.182, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         15.182 International travel by state-funded musical,
    8  cultural, or artistic organizations; notification to the
    9  Department of State Economic Opportunity.—
   10         (1) If a musical, cultural, or artistic organization that
   11  receives state funding is traveling internationally for a
   12  presentation, performance, or other significant public viewing,
   13  including an organization associated with a college or
   14  university, such organization shall notify the Department of
   15  State Economic Opportunity in writing of its intentions to
   16  travel, together with the date, time, and location of each
   17  appearance. The notice shall be provided to the department at
   18  least 30 days prior to the date the international travel is to
   19  commence or, when an intention to travel internationally is not
   20  formed at least 30 days in advance of the date the travel is to
   21  commence, as soon as feasible after forming such travel
   22  intention. The department shall take an active role in informing
   23  such artistic organizations of the responsibility to provide
   24  notice of international travel intentions.
   25         (2) The Department of State Economic Opportunity, in
   26  conjunction with the Department of Economic Opportunity and
   27  Enterprise Florida, Inc., shall act as an intermediary between
   28  performing musical, cultural, and artistic organizations and
   29  Florida businesses to encourage and coordinate joint
   30  undertakings. Such coordination may include, but is not limited
   31  to, encouraging business and industry to sponsor cultural
   32  events, assistance with travel of such organizations, and
   33  coordinating travel schedules of cultural performance groups and
   34  international trade missions.
   35         (3) An organization shall provide the notification to the
   36  Department of State required by this section at least 30 days
   37  before the date the international travel is to commence or, when
   38  an intention to travel internationally is not formed at least 30
   39  days in advance of the date the travel is to commence, as soon
   40  as feasible after forming such travel intention. The Department
   41  of State shall take an active role in informing such groups of
   42  the responsibility to notify the department of travel
   43  intentions.
   44         Section 3. Paragraphs (c) and (d) of subsection (2) and
   45  subsection (3) of section 288.816, Florida Statutes, are amended
   46  to read:
   47         288.816 Intergovernmental relations.—
   48         (2) The state protocol officer shall be responsible for all
   49  consular relations between the state and all foreign governments
   50  doing business in Florida. The state protocol officer shall
   51  monitor United States laws and directives to ensure that all
   52  federal treaties regarding foreign privileges and immunities are
   53  properly observed. The state protocol officer shall:
   54         (c) Issue certificates to such foreign governmental
   55  officials after verification pursuant to proper investigations
   56  through United States Department of State sources and the
   57  appropriate foreign government.
   58         (d) Verify entitlement to sales and use tax exemptions
   59  pursuant to United States Department of State guidelines and
   60  identification methods.
   61         (3) The state protocol officer may shall operate the sister
   62  city and sister state program and establish such new programs as
   63  needed to further global understanding through the interchange
   64  of people, ideas, and culture between Florida and the world. To
   65  accomplish this purpose, the state protocol officer shall have
   66  the power and authority to:
   67         (a) Coordinate and carry out activities designed to
   68  encourage the state and its subdivisions to participate in
   69  sister city and sister state affiliations with foreign countries
   70  and their subdivisions. Such activities may include a State of
   71  Florida sister cities conference.
   72         (b) Encourage cooperation with and disseminate information
   73  pertaining to the Sister Cities International Program and any
   74  other program whose object is to promote linkages with foreign
   75  countries and their subdivisions.
   76         (c) Maximize any aid available from all levels of
   77  government, public and private agencies, and other entities to
   78  facilitate such activities.
   79         (d) Establish a viable system of registration for sister
   80  city and sister state affiliations between the state and foreign
   81  countries and their subdivisions. Such system shall include a
   82  method to determine that sufficient ties are properly
   83  established as well as a method to supervise how these ties are
   84  maintained.
   85         (e) Maintain a current and accurate listing of all such
   86  affiliations. Sister city affiliations shall not be discouraged
   87  between the state and any country specified in s. 620(f)(1) of
   88  the federal Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, with
   89  whom the United States is currently conducting diplomatic
   90  relations unless a mandate from the United States Government
   91  expressly prohibits such affiliations.
   92         Section 4. Section 288.8165, Florida Statutes, is created
   93  to read:
   94         288.8165 Citizen support organizations.—
   95         (1) CITIZEN SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS.—The Department of State
   96  may authorize the establishment of citizen support organizations
   97  to provide assistance, funding, and promotional support for the
   98  intergovernmental programs of the department. For the purposes
   99  of this section, a “citizen support organization” means an
  100  organization which:
  101         (a) Is a Florida corporation not for profit incorporated
  102  under chapter 617 and approved by the Department of State.
  103         (b) Is organized and operated to conduct programs and
  104  activities; raise funds; request and receive grants, gifts, and
  105  bequests of money; acquire, receive, hold, invest, and
  106  administer, in its own name, securities, funds, or real or
  107  personal property; and make expenditures for the benefit of the
  108  intergovernmental programs of the department; except that such
  109  organization may not receive funds from the department by grant
  110  or gift unless specifically authorized by the Legislature. If
  111  the citizen support organization by contract provides fiscal and
  112  administrative services to the department for a grant or program
  113  that benefits the intergovernmental programs of the department,
  114  the organization may be reimbursed or compensated for such
  115  services by the department if the services are a direct benefit
  116  to the intergovernmental programs of the department.
  117         (c) The department has determined to be consistent with the
  118  goals of the intergovernmental programs of the department and in
  119  the best interests of the state.
  120         (d) Is approved in writing by the department to operate for
  121  the benefit of the intergovernmental programs of the department.
  122  Such approval must be stated in a letter of agreement from the
  123  Secretary of State.
  125         (a) The department may permit a citizen support
  126  organization to use department property, facilities, and
  127  personnel free of charge. A citizen support organization may use
  128  department property, facilities, and personnel if such use is
  129  consistent with the approved purpose of that citizen support
  130  organization and if such use does not unreasonably interfere
  131  with the general public's use of department property,
  132  facilities, and personnel for established purposes.
  133         (b) The department may prescribe conditions upon the use by
  134  a citizen support organization of department property,
  135  facilities, or personnel.
  136         (c) The department may not permit the use of any property,
  137  facilities, or personnel of the state by a citizen support
  138  organization that does not provide equal membership and
  139  employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race,
  140  color, national origin, religion, sex, or age.
  141         (3) ANNUAL AUDIT.—Each citizen support organization shall
  142  provide for an annual financial audit in accordance with s.
  143  215.981.
  144         (4) FUTURE REPEAL.—This section is repealed October 1,
  145  2025, unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the Legislature.
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  148  And the title is amended as follows:
  149         Delete lines 16 - 21
  150  and insert:
  151         creating s. 288.8165; authorizing the Department of
  152         State to support the establishment of citizen support
  153         organizations for certain purposes; defining the term
  154         "citizen support organization"; prohibiting the
  155         department from allowing a