Florida Senate - 2023                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 444
       
       
       
       
       
       
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       The Committee on Rules (Hutson) recommended the following:
       
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
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    3         Before line 12
    4  insert:
    5         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 124.01, Florida
    6  Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         124.01 Division of counties into districts; county
    8  commissioners.—
    9         (3) The board of county commissioners shall, from time to
   10  time, fix the boundaries of the county commissioners’ above
   11  districts so as to keep them as nearly equal in proportion to
   12  population as practicable, possible; provided, that changes made
   13  in the boundaries of county commissioner districts pursuant to
   14  this section are shall be made only in odd-numbered years.
   15  Districts may not be drawn with the intent to favor or disfavor
   16  a candidate for county commission or an incumbent county
   17  commissioner based on the candidate’s or incumbent’s residential
   18  address. Any ordinance enacted or adopted by a county on or
   19  after July 1, 2023, which is in conflict with this subsection is
   20  void.
   21         Section 2. Section 166.0321, Florida Statutes, is created
   22  to read:
   23         166.0321 Division of municipalities into districts.—Each
   24  municipality shall, from time to time, fix the boundaries of its
   25  districts so as to keep them as nearly equal in proportion to
   26  their respective populations as practicable, provided that such
   27  changes are made only in odd-numbered years. Districts may not
   28  be drawn with the intent to favor or disfavor a candidate for
   29  member of the governing body or an incumbent member of the
   30  governing body based on the candidate’s or incumbent’s
   31  residential address. Any ordinance enacted or adopted by a
   32  municipality on or after July 1, 2023, which is in conflict with
   33  this section is void.
   34         Section 3. Subsection (2) of section 1001.36, Florida
   35  Statutes, is amended to read:
   36         1001.36 District school board member residence areas.—
   37         (2) A Any district school board may make any change that it
   38  deems necessary in the boundaries of any district school board
   39  member residence area at any meeting of the district school
   40  board, provided that such changes are shall be made only in odd
   41  numbered years and that no change that would affect the
   42  residence qualifications of any incumbent member disqualifies
   43  shall disqualify such incumbent member during the term for which
   44  he or she is elected. Residence areas may not be drawn with the
   45  intent to favor or disfavor a candidate for district school
   46  board member or an incumbent district school board member based
   47  on the candidate’s or incumbent’s residential address. Any
   48  resolution adopted by a district school board on or after July
   49  1, 2023, which is in conflict with this subsection is void.
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   51  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   52  And the title is amended as follows:
   53         Delete line 2
   54  and insert:
   55         An act relating to residency of local elected
   56         officials; amending s. 124.01, F.S.; prohibiting the
   57         consideration of the residential addresses of certain
   58         persons during the district-drawing process for boards
   59         of county commissioners; providing construction;
   60         creating s. 166.0321, F.S.; requiring municipalities
   61         to fix the boundaries of their districts in a certain
   62         manner; specifying that district changes may be made
   63         only in odd-numbered years; prohibiting the
   64         consideration of the residential addresses of certain
   65         persons during the district-drawing process; providing
   66         construction; amending s. 1001.36, F.S.; prohibiting
   67         the consideration of the residential addresses of
   68         certain persons during the residence-area-drawing
   69         process for district school boards; providing
   70         construction;