Florida Senate - 2020 SB 7016 By the Committee on Infrastructure and Security 596-02009-20 20207016__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Statewide Office of Resiliency; 3 creating s. 14.2031, F.S.; establishing the office 4 within the Executive Office of the Governor; providing 5 for appointment of the Chief Resilience Officer by the 6 Governor; creating the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task 7 Force within the office; specifying the purpose of the 8 task force; providing for the membership of the task 9 force; providing timeframes for initial appointments 10 and the task force’s initial meeting; specifying 11 duties of the task force; authorizing the Department 12 of Environmental Protection to contract for specified 13 services, upon request of the task force; requiring 14 the Department of Environmental Protection to serve as 15 the task force’s contract administrator and to provide 16 administrative support; authorizing the designation of 17 technical advisory groups for specified purposes; 18 prescribing reporting requirements; requiring the 19 Environmental Regulation Commission to take certain 20 action on the task force’s recommendations; specifying 21 the function of the consensus baseline projections; 22 providing for future repeal of the task force; 23 providing an appropriation; providing an effective 24 date. 25 26 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 Section 1. Section 14.2031, Florida Statutes, is created to 29 read: 30 14.2031 Statewide Office of Resiliency.—The Statewide 31 Office of Resiliency is established within the Executive Office 32 of the Governor. The office shall be headed by a Chief 33 Resilience Officer, who is appointed by and serves at the 34 pleasure of the Governor. The Chief Resilience Officer shall 35 perform duties and responsibilities assigned by the Governor. 36 (1) The Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force, a task force 37 as defined in s. 20.03(8), is created adjunct to the Statewide 38 Office of Resiliency. Except as otherwise provided in this 39 section, the task force shall operate in a manner consistent 40 with s. 20.052. The purpose of the task force is to recommend 41 consensus projections of the anticipated sea-level rise and 42 flooding impacts along this state’s coastline. 43 (2) The task force is composed of the following members: 44 (a) The Chief Resilience Officer, who shall serve as chair. 45 (b) The Chief Science Officer of the Department of 46 Environmental Protection, who shall serve as vice chair. 47 (c) One member appointed by the President of the Senate. 48 (d) One member appointed by the Speaker of the House of 49 Representatives. 50 (e) One representative each from the Department of 51 Transportation, the Division of Emergency Management, the 52 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Fish and 53 Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Department of Economic 54 Opportunity, each appointed by his or her respective agency 55 head, division director, executive director, or commission 56 chair. 57 58 All appointments to the task force must be made no later than 59 August 1, 2020. Any vacancy on the task force shall be filled in 60 the same manner as the original appointment. 61 (3) The Chief Resilience Officer shall convene the task 62 force by no later than October 1, 2020. The task force shall 63 meet thereafter upon the call of the chair. 64 (4)(a) The task force shall develop official scientific 65 information, from appropriate sources as determined by the task 66 force, necessary to make recommendations on consensus baseline 67 projections, or a range of projections, of the expected rise in 68 sea level along the state’s coastline for planning horizons 69 designated by the task force. The projections may address 70 various geographic areas of the state, as determined by the task 71 force. 72 (b) The task force may request the Department of 73 Environmental Protection to contract for services to assist the 74 task force in developing the recommended official baseline 75 projections. The Department of Environmental Protection shall 76 serve as the contract administrator for any such contracts. 77 (c) The Department of Environmental Protection shall 78 provide administrative support to the task force. 79 (d) The task force may designate technical advisory groups, 80 as it deems necessary, to assist in the gathering of scientific 81 data to inform the task force’s decisionmaking. 82 (5) By January 1, 2021, the task force shall submit its 83 recommended consensus baseline projections to the Environmental 84 Regulation Commission, created pursuant to s. 20.255(6). The 85 commission shall adopt or reject the task force’s recommended 86 projections. Following adoption by the commission, these 87 projections serve as the state’s official estimate of sea-level 88 rise and flooding impacts along the state’s coastline and must 89 be used for the purpose of developing future state projects, 90 plans, and programs. In its report, the task force must include 91 supporting data and assumptions used by the task force in 92 developing the recommended projections. The task force shall 93 review the adopted consensus baseline projections as it deems 94 appropriate, and shall submit any recommended revisions to the 95 projections to the commission. 96 (6) Subsections (1) through (5) and this subsection are 97 repealed July 1, 2023. 98 Section 2. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the sum of 99 $500,000 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General 100 Revenue Fund to the Department of Environmental Protection for 101 the purpose of funding any contracts for services entered into 102 by the department to assist the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task 103 Force in developing its recommended official baseline 104 projections and for the administrative expenses of the task 105 force. 106 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.