Florida Senate - 2018 CS for CS for SB 1180 By the Committees on Community Affairs; and Ethics and Elections; and Senators Steube and Brandes 578-03463-18 20181180c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to county and municipal public 3 officers; amending s. 112.061, F.S.; requiring that 4 certain requests for travel authorization by county or 5 municipal public officers be approved by the governing 6 body of the county or municipality at a regularly 7 scheduled meeting; specifying requirements for such 8 requests; requiring that approved travel be posted on 9 the county’s or municipality’s website for a specified 10 timeframe; providing an exception for county 11 constitutional officers; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 16 112.061, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 17 112.061 Per diem and travel expenses of public officers, 18 employees, and authorized persons.— 19 (3) AUTHORITY TO INCUR TRAVEL EXPENSES.— 20 (a) All travel must be authorized and approved by the head 21 of the agency, or his or her designated representative, from 22 whose funds the traveler is paid. The head of the agency shall 23 not authorize or approve such a request unless: 24 1. It is accompanied by a signed statement by the 25 traveler’s supervisor stating that such travel is on the 26 official business of the state and also stating the purpose of 27 such travel. 28 2. For county or municipal public officers requesting 29 authorization to travel outside of the state or internationally, 30 such travel must be on the official business of the county or 31 municipality and must be approved by the county’s or 32 municipality’s governing body at a regularly scheduled meeting 33 before the officer’s travel, unless ratified for good cause at 34 the next regularly scheduled meeting. Good cause requires a 35 written explanation for why the travel request could not be 36 approved in advance. A request for travel authorization must 37 include an itemized list detailing all anticipated travel 38 expenses, including, but not limited to, the anticipated costs 39 of all means of travel, lodging, and subsistence. All travel 40 approved in accordance with this subparagraph must be posted on 41 the county’s or municipality’s website. If a municipality does 42 not maintain a website, it must request that the applicable 43 county post the approved travel on the county’s website. The 44 applicable county must comply with such request. All such 45 approved travel must be posted on the applicable website as soon 46 as practicable, but no later than 10 days after approval, and 47 must remain on the website until the end of the next calendar 48 quarter. This subparagraph does not apply to a county 49 constitutional officer, as defined in s. 1(d), Art. VIII of the 50 State Constitution, who is elected by the electors of the 51 county. 52 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.