Florida Senate - 2020 SB 340 By Senator Rader 29-00538-20 2020340__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Independent Living Task Force; 3 creating s. 420.5075, F.S.; establishing the 4 Independent Living Task Force within the Florida 5 Housing Finance Corporation for certain purposes; 6 requiring the corporation to use existing and 7 available resources to administer and support the 8 activities of the task force; providing for duties, 9 membership, and meetings of the task force; requiring 10 the members of the task force to serve without 11 compensation; requiring the task force to submit a 12 report to the Governor and the Legislature by a 13 specified date; providing for expiration of specified 14 provisions on, and the dissolution of the task force 15 by, a specified date; providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 420.5075, Florida Statutes, is created 20 to read: 21 420.5075 Independent Living Task Force.— 22 (1) The Independent Living Task Force, a task force as 23 defined in s. 20.03(8), is established within the Florida 24 Housing Finance Corporation for administrative purposes only. 25 The corporation shall use existing and available resources to 26 administer and support the activities of the task force under 27 this section. 28 (2) The task force shall develop and evaluate policy 29 proposals that incentivize building contractors and developers 30 to create units within mixed-use developments that may be used 31 as low-cost, supportive, and affordable housing for individuals 32 who are in need of such housing and who have a developmental 33 disability, as defined in s. 393.063, or a mental illness, as 34 defined in s. 394.455. 35 (3) The task force shall consist of the following members: 36 (a) The executive director of the Florida Housing Finance 37 Corporation or his or her designee, who shall serve as chair of 38 the task force. 39 (b) The director of the Agency for Persons with 40 Disabilities or his or her designee. 41 (c) The Secretary of Children and Families or his or her 42 designee. 43 (d) The executive director of the Department of Economic 44 Opportunity or his or her designee. 45 (e) The Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation 46 or his or her designee. 47 (f) The executive director of the Commission for the 48 Transportation Disadvantaged or his or her designee. 49 (g) An individual appointed by the Governor. 50 (h) The following members appointed by the executive 51 director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation: 52 1. A representative from the Florida Supportive Housing 53 Coalition. 54 2. A representative from the Florida Housing Coalition. 55 3. A representative from the Florida Independent Living 56 Council. 57 4. A representative from the ARC of Florida. 58 5. A representative from the National Alliance on Mental 59 Illness-Florida. 60 6. A representative from the Florida League of Cities. 61 7. A representative from the Florida Association of 62 Counties. 63 8. A representative from the Association of Florida 64 Community Developers. 65 9. A representative from the Associated Builders and 66 Contractors of Florida. 67 10. A representative from the Florida Association of 68 Rehabilitation Facilities. 69 11. A representative from the Florida Developmental 70 Disabilities Council. 71 12. A representative from the banking industry who finances 72 mixed-used developments. 73 13. A representative from the Coalition of Affordable 74 Housing Providers. 75 14. A representative from the Commercial Real Estate 76 Development Association. 77 15. An attorney who is a member in good standing of the 78 Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar. 79 (4) Members of the task force shall serve without 80 compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for per diem 81 or travel expenses. The task force shall convene its first 82 meeting by June 1, 2020, and shall meet as often as necessary to 83 fulfill its responsibilities under this section. Meetings may be 84 conducted in person, by teleconference, or by other electronic 85 means. 86 (5) In consultation with the applicable local and state 87 governmental entities, the task force shall: 88 (a) Identify potential barriers and opportunities in 89 existing policies, rules, or laws to incentivize building 90 contractors and developers to create low-cost, supportive, and 91 affordable housing units for individuals with developmental 92 disabilities or mental illness within mixed-use developments. 93 (b) Recommend modifications to existing policies, rules, or 94 laws or propose new policies, rules, or laws, such as allowing 95 greater density, which would allow for the creation of low-cost, 96 supportive, and affordable housing units for individuals with 97 developmental disabilities or mental illness within mixed-use 98 developments. 99 (c) Recommend financial and regulatory incentives to 100 encourage building contractors and developers to create low 101 cost, supportive, and affordable housing units for individuals 102 with developmental disabilities or mental illness within mixed 103 use developments. 104 (d) Propose funding mechanisms for the development and 105 maintenance of spaces for low-cost, supportive, and affordable 106 housing units for individuals with developmental disabilities or 107 mental illness within mixed-use developments. 108 (6) The task force shall submit a report by December 1, 109 2020, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 110 Speaker of the House of Representatives which includes its 111 findings, conclusions, and recommendations. 112 (7) This section expires on, and the task force must 113 dissolve on or before, January 1, 2021. 114 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.