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.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.—
   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   36  that was subsequently repealed by the Legislature.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 Chapter 73-370, Laws of Florida, is repealed.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.