(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide a means by which the state may develop a coordinated, unified plan in response to the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. Toward this end, the state may establish policies and procedures relating to the expenditure of funds to develop and facilitate community outreach initiatives. Such efforts shall be geared towards promoting community service in conjunction with any existing programs in an effort to address the state’s human, educational, environmental, and public safety needs by fostering greater civic responsibility.
(2) There is established the Florida Commission on Community Service, which is assigned to the Executive Office of the Governor. The commission shall be administratively housed within the Executive Office of the Governor, but it shall independently exercise the responsibilities assigned herein or as required to comply with the terms and conditions of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The commission shall serve as an advisory board to the Governor and Cabinet, the Legislature, and appropriate state agencies and entities on matters relating to volunteerism and community service.
(3)(a) The commission shall consist of no less than 15 and no more than 25 voting members to be appointed on a bipartisan basis by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Any number of nonvoting members may be appointed by the Governor. Voting members may represent one, or any combination of the following categories, so long as each of the respective categories is represented:
1. A representative of a community-based agency or organization.
2. The Commissioner of Education or designee thereof.
3. A representative of local labor organizations.
4. A representative of local government.
5. A representative of business.
6. An individual between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, who is a participant in or a supervisor of a service program for school-age youth, or of a campus-based or national service program.
7. A representative of a national service program.
8. An individual with expertise in the educational, training, and developmental needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth.
9. An individual with experience in promoting service and volunteerism among older adults.
Other voting members may include educators; experts in the delivery of human educational, environmental, or public safety services; representatives of Indian tribes; out-of-school or at-risk youth; and representatives of programs that are administered by or receive assistance under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended. However, the preceding list shall not be construed as an exhaustive one.
(b) Not more than 50 percent plus one of the voting members of the commission may be aligned with the same political party. In addition, the number of voting members of the commission who are officers or employees of the state may not exceed 25 percent, reduced to the nearest whole number, of the total membership of the commission.
(4) Members of the commission shall serve for terms of 3 years. Members may be reappointed for successive terms. A vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.
(5) The commission shall meet at the call of its chair or at the request of a majority of its total voting membership, but shall meet at least biannually. A majority of the total voting membership shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of a majority of a quorum is necessary to take official action.
(6) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but voting members shall be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses in accordance with s. 112.061.
(7) The commission shall:
(a) Annually elect a chair and a vice chair. To be eligible to serve as chair, an individual must be a voting member of the commission.
(b) Employ an executive director, who shall be initially designated by the Governor, to carry out the provisions of this section. The executive director shall report directly to the commission. The executive director shall be the chief administrative officer of the commission and shall be responsible for appointing all employees and staff members of the commission, who shall serve under the executive director’s direction and control.
(c) Prepare an annual report detailing its activities during the preceding year and, to the extent possible, compile and synthesize any reports that it accepted on behalf of the Governor. The commission’s report shall be presented to the Governor no later than January 15, with copies to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The report shall also include specific recommendations for any necessary legislative, administrative, or regulatory reform, and the commission’s assessment of the state of volunteerism in Florida.
(8) The commission may:
(a) Secure assistance from all state departments and agencies in order for the commission to avail itself of expertise at minimal cost.
(b) Procure information and assistance from the state or any political subdivision, municipal corporation, public officer, or governmental department or agency thereof.
(c) Apply for and accept funds, grants, gifts, and services from local, state, or federal government, or from any of their agencies, or any other public or private source and is authorized to use funds derived from these sources to defray administrative costs, implement programs as may be necessary to carry out the commission’s charge, and assist agencies, institutions, and individuals in the implementation of programs pursuant to the Florida Volunteer and Community Service Act of 2001. The commission may also authorize Volunteer Florida, Inc., the commission’s nonprofit direct-support organization, to assist in securing training, technical assistance, and other support needed to accomplish the intent and purposes of the Florida Volunteer and Community Service Act of 2001.
(d) Contract for necessary goods and services.
(9) The commission may establish a direct-support organization which is:
(a) A Florida corporation, not for profit, incorporated under the provisions of chapter 617 and approved by the Secretary of State.
(b) Organized and operated exclusively to receive, hold, invest, and administer property and funds and to make expenditures to or for the benefit of the program.
(c) An organization which the commission, after review, has certified to be operating in a manner consistent with the goals of the program and in the best interests of the state.
(10) The direct-support organization shall operate under written contract with the commission. The contract must provide for:
(a) Approval of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the direct-support organization by the commission.
(b) Submission of an annual budget for the approval of the commission. The budget must comply with rules adopted by the commission.
(c) Certification by the commission that the direct-support organization is complying with the terms of the contract and in a manner consistent with the goals and purposes of the commission and in the best interest of the state. Such certification must be made annually and reported in the official minutes of a meeting of the commission.
(d) The reversion to the commission, or the state if the commission ceases to exist, of moneys and property held in trust by the direct-support organization if the direct-support organization is no longer approved to operate for the commission or the commission ceases to exist.
(e) The fiscal year of the direct-support organization, to begin July 1 of each year and end June 30 of the following year.
(f) The disclosure of material provisions of the contract and the distinction between the board of directors and the direct-support organization to donors of gifts, contributions, or bequests, as well as on all promotional and fundraising publications.
(11) The members of the direct-support organization’s board of directors must include members of the commission.
(12) The commission may authorize a direct-support organization to use its property (except money), facilities, and personal services, subject to the provisions of this section. A direct-support organization that does not provide equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin may not use the property, facilities, or personal services of the commission. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “personal services” includes full-time personnel and part-time personnel as well as payroll processing.
(13) The commission shall adopt rules prescribing the procedures by which the direct-support organization is governed and any conditions with which the direct-support organization must comply to use property, facilities, or personal services of the commission.
(14) Moneys of the direct-support organization may be held in a separate depository account in the name of the direct-support organization and subject to the provisions of the contract with the commission. Such moneys may include membership fees, private donations, income derived from fundraising activities, and grants applied for and received by the direct-support organization.
(15) The direct-support organization shall provide for an annual financial audit in accordance with s. 215.981.