Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 220
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development (Cruz) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 95 - 170
    4  and insert:
    5         (h) One member of the Senate, appointed by the President of
    6  the Senate.
    7         (i) One member of the House of Representatives, appointed
    8  by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
    9         (j) One elected official from a local government, appointed
   10  by the Secretary of State.
   11         (3) The task force shall hold its first meeting by August
   12  1, 2020. The task force may meet as many times as it deems
   13  necessary to complete the duties prescribed in this section.
   14         (4) The task force shall:
   15         (a) Review the findings and recommendations made by the
   16  Task Force on Abandoned and Neglected Cemeteries created
   17  pursuant to chapter 98-268, Laws of Florida, and any legislative
   18  or administrative action that was taken in response to the task
   19  force’s findings and recommendations.
   20         (b) Examine the adequacy of current practices regarding the
   21  preservation of unmarked and abandoned African-American
   22  cemeteries and burial grounds and identify any challenges unique
   23  to African-American cemeteries and burial grounds.
   24         (c) Identify locations of unmarked and abandoned African
   25  American cemeteries and burial grounds throughout the state and
   26  propose strategies, including any proposed legislation, for the
   27  preservation and evaluation of such sites.
   28         (d) Make recommendations regarding standards for the
   29  creation, placement, and maintenance of a memorial at any
   30  identified locations of unmarked and abandoned African-American
   31  cemetery or burial ground throughout the state.
   32         (5) By March 1, 2021, the task force shall submit a report
   33  detailing its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the
   34  President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
   35  Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the
   36  Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
   37         (6) This section expires July 1, 2021.
   38         Section 2. (1)(a) Upon receiving consent of the property
   39  owners at the former Zion Cemetery site in Tampa, the Department
   40  of State shall partner with the University of South Florida, the
   41  Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the Zion
   42  Cemetery Archaeological Committee formed under the auspices of
   43  the Tampa Housing Authority, to continue an investigation to
   44  determine how many graves remain at the site.
   45         (b) Any historical resource, record, archive, artifact,
   46  public research, or medical record that is recovered through the
   47  course of the investigation by the University of South Florida
   48  or the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University shall
   49  remain in the custody of either university for archiving and
   50  preservation until the Department of State requests custody of
   51  such resource, record, archive, artifact, public research, or
   52  medical record.
   53         (2)(a) The Department of State shall contract with the
   54  University of South Florida and the Florida Agricultural and
   55  Mechanical University for the identification and location of
   56  eligible next of kin of those buried at the site.
   57         (b) No later than January 1, 2021, the universities shall
   58  provide the Department of State with a list of possible
   59  descendants of those buried at the site and, to the extent
   60  possible, their contact information.
   61         (c) For any identification of next of kin occurring on or
   62  after January 1, 2021, the universities must provide contact
   63  information of the next of kin to the Department of State.
   64         Section 3. The Division of Historical Resources of the
   65  Department of State shall ensure that any abandoned African
   66  American cemetery identified by the Task Force on Abandoned
   67  African-American Cemeteries is listed in the Florida Master Site
   68  File. Upon such a cemetery’s listing in the Florida Master Site
   69  File and in lieu of the normal application process for
   70  historical markers, the division must seek placement of an
   71  Official Florida Historical Marker at a site so long as the
   72  approval of the owner of the property where the marker will be
   73  placed has been obtained. A person or an organization affiliated
   74  with an abandoned cemetery may assist the division in
   75  researching the history of such a site in the preparation of a
   76  historical marker’s creation and placement. The costs for the
   77  creation and placement of a historical marker authorized
   78  pursuant to this section shall be borne by the division.
   79         Section 4. Subject to specific appropriation, the
   80  Department of State shall create, place, and maintain a memorial
   81  at the site of the former Zion Cemetery in Tampa and at the site
   82  of the former Ridgewood Cemetery at C. Leon King High School in
   83  Tampa.
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   86  And the title is amended as follows:
   87         Delete lines 31 - 32
   88  and insert:
   89         historical markers be borne by the division; subject
   90         to legislative appropriation, requiring the department
   91         to create, place, and maintain memorials at certain
   92         sites; providing an effective date.