Florida Senate - 2020 SB 368 By Senator Rouson 19-00634-20 2020368__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit 3 Authority; amending s. 343.92, F.S.; authorizing 4 certain mayors who are members of the governing board 5 of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority to 6 appoint a designee to attend a board meeting to act in 7 his or her place with full voting rights on all 8 issues; requiring the designee to be an elected 9 official of the governing body of the mayor’s 10 municipality; providing that a certain number of board 11 members constitutes a quorum whether those members 12 attend physically, telephonically, or electronically; 13 providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (2) and subsection 18 (8) of section 343.92, Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 19 343.92 Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority.— 20 (2) The governing board of the authority shall consist of 21 13 voting members appointed no later than 45 days after the 22 creation of the authority. 23 (b) The 13 voting members of the board shall be as follows: 24 1. The county commissions of Hernando, Hillsborough, 25 Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties shall each appoint one 26 county commissioner to the board. Members appointed under this 27 subparagraph shall serve 2-year terms with not more than three 28 consecutive terms being served by any person. If a member under 29 this subparagraph leaves elected office, a vacancy exists on the 30 board to be filled as provided in this subparagraph within 90 31 days. 32 2. Two members of the board shall be the mayor of the 33 largest municipality within the service area of each of the 34 following independent transit agencies or their legislatively 35 created successor agencies: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority 36 and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. The largest 37 municipality is that municipality with the largest population as 38 determined by the most recent United States Decennial Census. If 39 a mayor under this subparagraph is unable to attend a meeting, 40 the mayor may appoint a designee to attend the meeting to act in 41 his or her place with full voting rights on all issues. The 42 designee must be an elected official of the governing body of 43 the mayor’s municipality. 44 3. The following independent transit agencies or their 45 legislatively created successor agencies shall each appoint from 46 the membership of their governing bodies one member to the 47 board: Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Hillsborough Area 48 Regional Transit Authority. Each member appointed under this 49 subparagraph shall serve a 2-year term with not more than three 50 consecutive terms being served by any person. If a member no 51 longer meets the transit authority’s criteria for appointment, a 52 vacancy exists on the board, which must be filled as provided in 53 this subparagraph within 90 days. 54 4. The Governor shall appoint to the board four members 55 from the regional business community, each of whom must reside 56 in one of the counties governed by the authority and may not be 57 an elected official. Of the members initially appointed under 58 this subparagraph, one shall serve a 1-year term, two shall 59 serve 2-year terms, and one shall serve a term as the initial 60 chair as provided in subsection (5). Thereafter, a member 61 appointed under this subparagraph shall serve a 2-year term with 62 not more than three consecutive terms being served by any 63 person. 64 65 Appointments may be staggered to avoid mass turnover at the end 66 of any 2-year or 4-year period. A vacancy during a term shall be 67 filled within 90 days in the same manner as the original 68 appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term. 69 (8) Seven members of the board, whether in attendance 70 physically, telephonically, or electronically, shall constitute 71 a quorum, and the vote of seven members is necessary for any 72 action to be taken by the authority. The authority may meet upon 73 the constitution of a quorum. A vacancy does not impair the 74 right of a quorum of the board to exercise all rights and the 75 ability to perform all duties of the authority. 76 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.