Florida Senate - 2018                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (535720) for CS for SB 1396
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/02/2018           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Steube) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete line 149
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 5. Effective upon this act becoming a law,
    6  subsection (3) of section 105.031, Florida Statutes, is amended
    7  to read:
    8         105.031 Qualification; filing fee; candidate’s oath; items
    9  required to be filed.—
   10         (3) QUALIFYING FEE.—
   11         (a) Each candidate qualifying for election to a judicial
   12  office or the office of school board member, except write-in
   13  judicial or school board candidates, shall, during the time for
   14  qualifying, pay to the officer with whom he or she qualifies a
   15  qualifying fee, which shall consist of a filing fee and an
   16  election assessment, or qualify by the petition process. The
   17  amount of the filing fee is 3 percent of the annual salary of
   18  the office sought. The amount of the election assessment is 1
   19  percent of the annual salary of the office sought. Except as
   20  provided in paragraph (b), the Department of State shall
   21  transfer all filing fees to the Department of Legal Affairs for
   22  deposit in the Elections Commission Trust Fund and. the
   23  supervisor of elections shall forward all filing fees to the
   24  Elections Commission Trust Fund. The election assessment shall
   25  be deposited into the Elections Commission Trust Fund. The
   26  annual salary of the office for purposes of computing the
   27  qualifying fee shall be computed by multiplying 12 times the
   28  monthly salary authorized for such office as of July 1
   29  immediately preceding the first day of qualifying. This
   30  paragraph subsection does not apply to candidates qualifying for
   31  retention to judicial office.
   32         (b) Not later than 20 days after the close of qualifying,
   33  the Department of State or the supervisor of elections, as
   34  appropriate, shall refund the full amount of the qualifying fee
   35  to a candidate for the office of circuit court judge or county
   36  court judge who is unopposed at the time the qualifying period
   37  closes.
   38         Section 6. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
   39  act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon
   40  becoming a law, this act shall take effect July 1, 2018.
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   43  And the title is amended as follows:
   44         Delete lines 2 - 33
   45  and insert:
   46         An act relating to the judicial branch; creating s.
   47         25.025, F.S.; authorizing certain Supreme Court
   48         Justices to have an appropriate facility in their
   49         district of residence designated as their official
   50         headquarters; providing that an official headquarters
   51         may serve only as a justice’s private chambers;
   52         providing that such justices are eligible for a
   53         certain subsistence allowance and reimbursement for
   54         certain transportation expenses; requiring that such
   55         allowance and reimbursement be made to the extent
   56         appropriated funds are available, as determined by the
   57         Chief Justice; requiring the Chief Justice to
   58         coordinate with certain persons in implementing
   59         designations of official headquarters; providing that
   60         a county is not required to provide space for a
   61         justice in a county courthouse; authorizing counties
   62         to enter into agreements with the Supreme Court for
   63         the use of county courthouse space; prohibiting the
   64         Supreme Court from using state funds to lease space in
   65         a facility to allow a justice to establish an official
   66         headquarters; amending s. 26.031, F.S.; adding judges
   67         to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court; amending s.
   68         34.01, F.S.; increasing the limit of the amount in
   69         controversy in certain actions at law under which the
   70         county court has original jurisdiction of such
   71         actions; providing for adjustments to the limit at
   72         specified intervals due to inflation or deflation;
   73         specifying filing fees, services charges, and a
   74         requirement for the clerk of court’s remittal of such
   75         fees in actions in which the amount in controversy
   76         exceeds a specified amount; amending s. 34.022, F.S.;
   77         adding judges to certain county courts; amending s.
   78         105.031, F.S.; requiring the appropriate qualifying
   79         officer to refund the qualifying fee to an unopposed
   80         candidate for the office of circuit court judge or
   81         county court judge by a specified date; providing
   82         effective dates.