Florida Senate - 2019 SB 7076 By the Committee on Education 581-02977-19 20197076__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to state university building 3 designations; amending s. 1001.706, F.S.; requiring 4 the Board of Governors to adopt regulations regarding 5 the naming or renaming of state university facilities; 6 specifying elements that must be addressed in the 7 naming or renaming process; providing applicability; 8 repealing chapter 73-370, Laws of Florida, relating to 9 the designation of a Florida State University 10 facility; rescinding designation of a building located 11 at Florida State University, at the recommendation of 12 the university; providing legislative intent; 13 providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Paragraph (i) is added to subsection (7) of 18 section 1001.706, Florida Statutes, to read: 19 1001.706 Powers and duties of the Board of Governors.— 20 (7) POWERS AND DUTIES RELATING TO PROPERTY.— 21 (i) The Board of Governors shall adopt regulations to 22 specify authority, procedures, and elements related to the 23 naming or renaming of any state university facility, as defined 24 in s. 267.062, authorized pursuant to paragraph (b). Such 25 regulations must specify elements addressing the respective 26 responsibilities of the Board of Governors and state university 27 boards of trustees and presidents, and procedural requirements 28 regarding transparency, public engagement, nongift-related and 29 gift-related considerations, approval, and other transparency 30 and accountability requirements deemed appropriate by the Board 31 of Governors. The requirements of this paragraph apply when a 32 state university seeks to initially name a facility, seeks 33 legislative action to repeal an existing law in which the name 34 of a facility was legislatively designated, or seeks to rename 35 or remove the name of a facility previously designated in a law 36 that was subsequently repealed by the Legislature. 37 Section 2. Chapter 73-370, Laws of Florida, is repealed. 38 Section 3. (1) Notwithstanding s. 1001.706(7)(i), Florida 39 Statutes, as created by this act, the Legislature intends that 40 the repeal of chapter 73-370, Laws of Florida, as provided in 41 this act, implement the recommendation of the Florida State 42 University “President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and 43 Recognitions,” to seek legislative action to legally remove the 44 legislatively designated facility name, which recommendation was 45 accepted by the president of Florida State University. 46 (2) The Legislature further intends that the repeal does 47 not constitute a legislative position regarding the ultimate 48 disposition of the original designation; rather, the Legislature 49 recognizes the university’s transparent, collaborative, and 50 thorough review process, which resulted in the recommendation 51 that precipitated this repeal, and further intends that the 52 university is solely responsible for faithful implementation of 53 the panel’s recommendations regarding this issue. 54 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.