Florida Senate - 2020 SB 1234 By Senator Rouson 19-01887-20 20201234__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Minority Health 3 Council; creating s. 381.735, F.S.; creating the 4 council adjunct to the Department of Health for a 5 specified purpose; providing for membership, meetings, 6 and duties of the council; requiring the council to 7 submit annual reports to the Governor and the 8 Legislature by a specified date; providing for the 9 issuance of interim reports at the discretion of the 10 council chair; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 381.735, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 381.735 Florida Minority Health Council.— 17 (1) CREATION AND PURPOSE.—The Florida Minority Health 18 Council, a council as defined in s. 20.03(7), is created adjunct 19 to the Department of Health to assist in the expansion and 20 development of statewide minority health policies, programs, and 21 concepts and to recommend improvements for such programs and 22 services. The council shall function independently of the 23 department and, unless the council elects to incorporate as a 24 not-for-profit corporation, is assigned to the department for 25 administrative purposes only. The council may elect to become a 26 not-for-profit corporation and, upon such election, the 27 department shall assist the council with its incorporation for 28 the purposes stated in this subsection. Except as otherwise 29 provided in this section, the council shall operate in a manner 30 consistent with s. 20.052. 31 (2) MEMBERS.— 32 (a) The council shall consist of all of the following 33 members: 34 1. The State Surgeon General, or his or her designee, who 35 shall serve as the chair and a nonvoting, ex officio member. 36 2. The director of the Office of Planning and Budgeting, or 37 his or her designee, who shall serve as a nonvoting, ex officio 38 member. 39 3. The Secretary of Children and Families, or his or her 40 designee. 41 4. The Secretary of Health Care Administration, or his or 42 her designee. 43 5. The Commissioner of Education, or his or her designee. 44 6. Six members of the public, to be appointed by the 45 Governor. Such members must have been active in addressing 46 minority health issues or have special knowledge or expertise in 47 that field and, to the extent possible, must equitably represent 48 all geographic areas of this state. 49 7. One member of the Senate, to be appointed by the 50 President of the Senate. 51 8. One member of the House of Representatives, to be 52 appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 53 (b) Members appointed by the Governor, the President of the 54 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives must be 55 appointed to 4-year terms. However, for the purpose of providing 56 staggered terms, of the Governor’s initial appointments, three 57 members shall serve 2-year terms and three members shall serve 58 4-year terms. 59 (c) Any vacancy on the council must be filled in the same 60 manner as the original appointment, and any member appointed to 61 fill a vacancy occurring because of death, resignation, or 62 ineligibility for membership may serve only for the unexpired 63 term of his or her predecessor. A member is eligible for 64 reappointment. 65 (d) Members of the council shall serve without 66 compensation, but are entitled to reimbursement for per diem and 67 travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061. 68 (3) MEETINGS.— 69 (a) The council shall meet at least quarterly and upon the 70 call of the chair. 71 (b) The council may use any method of telecommunication to 72 conduct its meetings. 73 (c) The department shall provide staff and other 74 administrative assistance to the council. 75 (4) DUTIES.—The council shall do all of the following: 76 (a) Gather and analyze information regarding disparities in 77 health status, quality of health care, and access to health care 78 services for minorities in this state. 79 (b) Consult with appropriate entities to advance the 80 understanding of programs to remediate such disparities. 81 (c) Identify any public policies that may encourage such 82 disparities. 83 (d) Gather and analyze information and make recommendations 84 as to whether adequate health care services are available to 85 ensure that the future health care needs of minorities will be 86 met. 87 (e) Develop and implement a comprehensive survey of racial 88 and ethnic minority health care quality, access, and outcomes 89 and publish survey results and evidence-based data. 90 (f) Define state goals and objectives and recommend ideas 91 for pilot projects for reducing such disparities. 92 (g) Recommend to the Governor and the Legislature ways to 93 improve statewide educational programming to address disparities 94 in health status, quality of health care, and access to health 95 care services for minorities in this state. 96 (5) ANNUAL REPORTS.—By December 1 of each year, the council 97 shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations under 98 subsection (4) to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the 99 Speaker of the House of Representatives, the chair of the Senate 100 Health Policy Committee or its successor committee, and the 101 chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee or its 102 successor committee. The council may submit interim reports at 103 the discretion of the chair. 104 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.