Florida Senate - 2020                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS/HB 7097, 1st Eng.
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Senator Lee moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 2030 - 2066
    4  and insert:
    5  outlay projects to be funded by the surtax. The resolution must
    6  also include a statement that the revenues collected must be
    7  shared with charter schools pursuant to paragraph (e) based on a
    8  charter school’s proportionate share of the school district’s
    9  total unweighted full-time equivalent student enrollment. The
   10  statements must statement shall conform to the requirements of
   11  s. 101.161 and shall be placed on the ballot by the governing
   12  body of the county. The following question shall be placed on
   13  the ballot:
   15  ....FOR THE                  ....CENTS TAX           
   16  ....AGAINST THE              ....CENTS TAX           
   18         (c) The resolution providing for the imposition of the
   19  surtax must shall set forth a plan for use of the surtax
   20  proceeds for fixed capital expenditures or fixed capital costs
   21  associated with the construction, reconstruction, or improvement
   22  of school facilities and campuses which have a useful life
   23  expectancy of 5 or more years, and any land acquisition, land
   24  improvement, design, and engineering costs related thereto.
   25  Additionally, the plan shall include the costs of retrofitting
   26  and providing for technology implementation, including hardware
   27  and software, for the various sites within the school district.
   28  Surtax revenues may be used for the purpose of servicing bond
   29  indebtedness to finance projects authorized by this subsection,
   30  and any interest accrued thereto may be held in trust to finance
   31  such projects. Neither the proceeds of the surtax nor any
   32  interest accrued thereto shall be used for operational expenses.
   33  Surtax revenues shared with a charter school shall be expended
   34  by the charter school in a manner consistent with the purposes
   35  stated in the resolution under paragraph (b). All revenues and
   36  expenditures shall be accounted for in a charter school’s
   37  monthly or quarterly financial report pursuant to s. 1002.33(9).
   38         (d) Surtax revenues collected by the Department of Revenue
   39  pursuant to this subsection shall be distributed to the school
   40  board imposing the surtax in accordance with law.
   41         (e)1. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary,
   42  beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, funds generated under
   43  this subsection must be shared with a charter school if:
   44         a. The applicant for the charter school, before the
   45  inception of the school, had submitted the charter school
   46  application for approval to the applicable district school board
   47  and, after entering into a charter contract with that district
   48  school board pursuant to s. 1002.33, has been in operation
   49  within the applicable school district for at least 2 years; and
   50         b. The charter school submits its brief and general
   51  description statement and plan pursuant to paragraph (b) to the
   52  school district within the timeframe specified by the district
   53  school board.
   54         2. A charter school that receives funds generated under
   55  this subsection must use funds for allowable purposes under this
   56  subsection.
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   59  And the title is amended as follows:
   60         Delete line 117
   61  and insert:
   62         reports; providing applicability; specifying that a
   63         district school board’s responsibility to share surtax
   64         revenues with charter schools applies to certain
   65         charter schools; requiring a charter school to account
   66         for the use of funds; amending s. 212.134,