Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (857014) for SB 7018
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Lee) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 53 and 54
    4  insert:
    5         Section 2. Section 338.236, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         338.236 Staging areas for emergencies.—The Department of
    8  Transportation may plan, design, and construct staging areas to
    9  be activated during a declared state of emergency at key
   10  geographic locations on the turnpike system. Such staging areas
   11  must be used for the staging of emergency supplies, such as
   12  water, fuel, generators, vehicles, equipment, and other related
   13  materials, to facilitate the prompt provision of emergency
   14  assistance to the public, and to otherwise facilitate emergency
   15  response and assistance, including evacuations, deployment of
   16  emergency-related supplies and personnel, and restoration of
   17  essential services.
   18         (1) In selecting a proposed site for a designated staging
   19  area under this section, the department, in consultation with
   20  the Division of Emergency Management, must consider the extent
   21  to which such site:
   22         (a) Is located in a geographic area that best facilitates
   23  the wide dissemination of emergency-related supplies and
   24  equipment;
   25         (b) Provides ease of access to major highways and other
   26  transportation facilities;
   27         (c) Is sufficiently large to accommodate the staging of a
   28  significant amount of emergency-related supplies and equipment;
   29         (d) Provides space in support of emergency preparedness and
   30  evacuation activities, such as fuel reserve capacity;
   31         (e) Could be used during nonemergency periods for
   32  commercial motor vehicle parking and for other uses; and
   33         (f) Is consistent with other state and local emergency
   34  management considerations.
   36  The department must give priority consideration to placement of
   37  such staging areas in counties with a population of 200,000 or
   38  fewer, as determined by the most recent official estimate
   39  pursuant to s. 186.901, in which a multiuse corridor of regional
   40  economic significance, as provided in s. 338.2278, is located.
   41         (2) The department may acquire property and property rights
   42  necessary for such staging areas as provided in s. 338.04.
   43         (3) The department may authorize other uses of a staging
   44  area as provided in the Florida Transportation Code, including,
   45  but not limited to, for commercial motor vehicle parking to
   46  comply with federal hours-of-service off-duty requirements or
   47  sleeper berth requirements and for other vehicular parking to
   48  provide rest for drivers.
   49         (4) Staging area projects must be included in the work
   50  program developed by the department pursuant to s. 339.135.
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   53  And the title is amended as follows:
   54         Delete line 6
   55  and insert:
   56         way; creating s. 338.236, F.S.; authorizing the
   57         Department of Transportation to plan, design, and
   58         construct staging areas as part of the turnpike system
   59         for the intended purpose of staging supplies for
   60         prompt provision of assistance to the public in a
   61         declared state of emergency; requiring the department,
   62         in consultation with the Division of Emergency
   63         Management, to select sites for such areas; providing
   64         factors to be considered by the department and
   65         division in selecting sites; requiring the department
   66         to give priority consideration to placement of such
   67         staging areas in specified counties; authorizing the
   68         department to acquire property necessary for such
   69         staging areas; authorizing the department to authorize
   70         certain other uses of staging areas; requiring staging
   71         area projects to be included in the department’s work
   72         program; creating s. 366.945, F.S.; providing
   73         legislative