Florida Senate - 2020                             CS for SB 1398
       By the Committee on Rules; and Senator Flores
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to community planning; amending s.
    3         120.525, F.S.; providing requirements for establishing
    4         a quorum for meetings of certain councils when a
    5         voting member appears via telephone, real-time
    6         videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or
    7         video communication; requiring the member to give
    8         notice of intent to appear via telephone, real-time
    9         videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or
   10         video communication by a specified time; amending s.
   11         163.3168, F.S.; requiring the Department of Economic
   12         Opportunity to give a preference to certain counties
   13         and municipalities when selecting applications for
   14         funding for technical assistance; providing an
   15         effective date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Subsection (4) is added to section 120.525,
   20  Florida Statutes, to read:
   21         120.525 Meetings, hearings, and workshops.—
   22         (4)For purposes of establishing a quorum at meetings of
   23  regional planning councils that cover three or more counties, a
   24  voting member who appears via telephone, real-time
   25  videoconferencing, or similar real-time electronic or video
   26  communication that is broadcast publicly at the meeting location
   27  may be counted toward the quorum requirement if at least one
   28  third of the voting members of the regional planning council are
   29  physically present at the meeting location. A member must
   30  provide oral, written, or electronic notice of his or her intent
   31  to appear via telephone, real-time videoconferencing, or similar
   32  real-time electronic or video communication to the regional
   33  planning council at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting.
   34         Section 2. Present subsection (4) of section 163.3168,
   35  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (5), and a new
   36  subsection (4) is added to that section, to read:
   37         163.3168 Planning innovations and technical assistance.—
   38         (4)When selecting applications for funding for technical
   39  assistance, the state land planning agency shall give a
   40  preference to a county that has a population of 200,000 or less,
   41  and to a municipality located within such a county, for
   42  assistance in determining whether the area in and around a
   43  proposed multiuse corridor interchange as described in s.
   44  338.2278 contains appropriate land uses and natural resource
   45  protections and for aid in developing or amending a local
   46  government’s comprehensive plan to provide for such uses,
   47  protections, and intended benefits as provided in s. 338.2278.
   48         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.