Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 364 By the Committee on Community Affairs; and Senators Rader, Torres, and Pizzo 578-02014-20 2020364c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Independent Living Task Force; 3 creating s. 420.5075, F.S.; establishing the 4 Independent Living Task Force within the Florida 5 Housing Finance Corporation; defining the term 6 “disability”; providing for duties, membership, and 7 meetings of the task force; requiring the task force 8 to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature 9 by a specified date; providing for expiration of the 10 task force; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 420.5075, Florida Statutes, is created 15 to read: 16 420.5075 Independent Living Task Force.— 17 (1) The Independent Living Task Force, a task force as 18 defined in s. 20.03(8), is established within the Florida 19 Housing Finance Corporation for administrative purposes only. 20 The corporation shall use existing and available resources to 21 administer and support the activities of the task force under 22 this section. 23 (2) For purposes of this section, the term “disability” has 24 the same meaning as provided in 42 U.S.C. s. 12102(1) of the 25 Americans with Disabilities Act, as that definition exists on 26 the effective date of this act. 27 (3) The task force shall develop and evaluate policy 28 proposals that incentivize building contractors and developers 29 to create units within mixed-use developments which may be used 30 as low-cost, supportive, and affordable housing for individuals 31 who are in need of such housing and who have a disability. 32 (4) The task force shall consist of the following members: 33 (a) The director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation 34 or his or her designee, who shall serve as chair of the task 35 force. 36 (b) The director of the Agency for Persons with 37 Disabilities or his or her designee. 38 (c) The Secretary of Children and Families or his or her 39 designee. 40 (d) The executive director of the Department of Economic 41 Opportunity or his or her designee. 42 (e) The Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation 43 or his or her designee. 44 (f) The executive director of the Commission for the 45 Transportation Disadvantaged or his or her designee. 46 (g) The Secretary of Elderly Affairs or his or her 47 designee. 48 (h) An individual appointed by the Governor. 49 (i) The following members appointed by the director of the 50 Florida Housing Finance Corporation: 51 1. A representative from the Florida Supportive Housing 52 Coalition. 53 2. A representative from the Florida Housing Coalition. 54 3. A representative from the Florida Independent Living 55 Council. 56 4. A representative from The Arc of Florida. 57 5. A representative from the National Alliance on Mental 58 Illness-Florida. 59 6. A representative from the Florida League of Cities. 60 7. A representative from the Florida Association of 61 Counties. 62 8. A representative from the Association of Florida 63 Community Developers. 64 9. A representative from the Associated Builders and 65 Contractors of Florida. 66 10. A representative from the Florida Association of 67 Rehabilitation Facilities. 68 11. A representative from the Florida Developmental 69 Disabilities Council. 70 12. A representative from the banking industry who finances 71 mixed-use developments. 72 13. A representative from the Coalition of Affordable 73 Housing Providers. 74 14. A representative from the Commercial Real Estate 75 Development Association. 76 15. A representative from the Florida Behavioral Health 77 Association. 78 16. A representative from the Florida Assisted Living 79 Association. 80 17. An attorney who is a member in good standing with the 81 Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar. 82 (5) Members of the task force shall serve without 83 compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for per diem 84 or travel expenses. The task force shall convene its first 85 meeting by August 1, 2020, and shall meet as often as necessary 86 to fulfill its responsibilities under this section. Meetings may 87 be conducted in person, by teleconference, or by other 88 electronic means. 89 (6) In consultation with the applicable local and state 90 governmental entities, the task force shall: 91 (a) Identify potential barriers and opportunities in 92 existing policies, rules, or laws to incentivize building 93 contractors and developers to create low-cost, supportive, and 94 affordable housing units for individuals with disabilities 95 within mixed-use developments. 96 (b) Recommend modifications to existing policies, rules, or 97 laws or propose new policies, rules, or laws, such as allowing 98 greater density, which would allow for the creation of low-cost, 99 supportive, and affordable housing units for individuals with 100 disabilities within mixed-use developments. 101 (c) Recommend financial and regulatory incentives to 102 encourage building contractors and developers to create low 103 cost, supportive, and affordable housing units for individuals 104 with disabilities within mixed-use developments. 105 (d) Propose funding mechanisms for the development and 106 maintenance of spaces for low-cost, supportive, and affordable 107 housing units for individuals with disabilities within mixed-use 108 developments. 109 (7) The task force shall submit a report by December 1, 110 2021, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 111 Speaker of the House of Representatives which includes its 112 findings, conclusions, and recommendations. 113 (8) This section expires January 1, 2022. 114 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.