Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1232 By Senator Rouson 19-01488-20 20201232__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Climate and Resiliency 3 Research Program; creating s. 403.9119, F.S.; 4 establishing the program within the Department of 5 Environmental Protection; providing for program 6 purpose and participants; requiring the program to 7 submit the Florida Resiliency Plan to the Governor and 8 Legislature at specified intervals; providing plan 9 requirements; directing the department to coordinate 10 and oversee the program and provide staff support; 11 providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 403.9119, Florida Statutes, is created 16 to read: 17 403.9119 Florida Climate and Resiliency Research Program.— 18 (1) The Florida Climate and Resiliency Research Program, an 19 interagency program, is established within the Department of 20 Environmental Protection for the purpose of assisting the state 21 in understanding, assessing, predicting, and responding to the 22 effects of climate change. 23 (2) The program shall prepare an assessment that analyzes, 24 integrates, evaluates, and interprets the effects of climate 25 change on the natural environment, land and water resources, 26 biological diversity, agriculture, energy production and use, 27 economic growth, employment, financial risk, disaster 28 preparedness, human health and welfare, and transportation 29 within the state, as well as current trends in climate change, 30 both human induced and natural, and projected major trends for 31 the subsequent 25 to 100 years. 32 (3) The program shall consist of the following 33 participants: 34 (a) The executive director of the Fish and Wildlife 35 Conservation Commission or his or her designee. 36 (b) The Commissioner of Agriculture or his or her designee. 37 (c) The chair of the Public Service Commission or his or 38 her designee. 39 (d) The Chief Financial Officer or his or her designee. 40 (e) The coordinator of the Office of Economic and 41 Demographic Research or his or her designee. 42 (f) The executive director of the Department of Economic 43 Opportunity or his or her designee. 44 (g) The director of the Division of Emergency Management or 45 his or her designee. 46 (h) The Surgeon General or his or her designee. 47 (i) The Secretary of Transportation or his or her designee. 48 (j) The Chief Science Officer of the Office of 49 Environmental Accountability and Transparency. 50 (k) Three representatives from nongovernmental 51 organizations that are not included in this subsection who have 52 expertise in public health, energy, planning, land management, 53 or conservation. 54 (l) A representative from the Florida Climate Institute. 55 (m) A representative from each of the following Florida 56 climate collaboratives: 57 1. The Public-Private Regional Resiliency Committee. 58 2. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. 59 3. The Tampa Bay Regional Resilience Coalition. 60 4. The East Central Florida Regional Resilience 61 Collaborative. 62 63 Additional representatives from resiliency coalitions may be 64 included in the program as such coalitions are established. 65 (4) Beginning January 1, 2021, and at least once every 4 66 years thereafter, the program shall deliver the Florida 67 Resiliency Plan to the Governor, the President of the Senate, 68 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The plan shall 69 include the program’s assessment of the effects of climate 70 change in the state and recommendations on strategies to 71 mitigate those effects and improve resiliency throughout the 72 state. Each version of the plan must have a specific focus that 73 is determined by the program. The focus of the initial plan must 74 be sea-level rise and coastal resiliency. 75 (5) The Secretary of Environmental Protection and the Chief 76 Resilience Officer shall jointly coordinate and oversee the 77 program, and the department shall provide staff support to 78 assist the program in the performance of its duties. 79 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.