Florida Senate - 2011                                     SB 896
       By Senator Bennett
       21-00986-11                                            2011896__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to service charges on state trust
    3         funds; amending s. 215.20, F.S.; reducing the service
    4         charge applicable to the Clerks of the Court Trust
    5         Fund; deleting obsolete provisions; providing an
    6         effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Section 215.20, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   11  read:
   12         215.20 Certain income and certain trust funds to contribute
   13  to the General Revenue Fund.—
   14         (1) A service charge of 8 percent, representing the
   15  estimated pro rata share of the cost of general government paid
   16  from the General Revenue Fund, is hereby appropriated from all
   17  income of a revenue nature deposited in all trust funds except
   18  those enumerated in s. 215.22. Income of a revenue nature shall
   19  include all earnings received or credited by such trust funds,
   20  including the interest or benefit received from the investment
   21  of the principal of such trust funds as may be permitted by law.
   22  This provision shall be construed in favor of the General
   23  Revenue Fund in each instance. All such appropriations shall be
   24  deposited in the General Revenue Fund.
   25         (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), the
   26  following funds or trust funds are subject to a 4 percent
   27  service charge:
   28         (a) Trust funds of the Department of Citrus and the
   29  Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including funds
   30  collected in the General Inspection Trust Fund for marketing
   31  orders and in the Florida Citrus Advertising Trust Fund.
   32         (b) The Clerks of the Court Trust Fund, shall be subject to
   33  a 4 percent service charge, which is hereby appropriated to the
   34  General Revenue Fund. This paragraph does not apply to the
   35  Conservation and Recreation Lands Program Trust Fund, the Citrus
   36  Inspection Trust Fund, the Florida Forever Program Trust Fund,
   37  the Market Improvements Working Capital Trust Fund, the Pest
   38  Control Trust Fund, the Plant Industry Trust Fund, or other
   39  funds collected in the General Inspection Trust Fund in the
   40  Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
   41         (3) Subsection (1) does not prohibit the applicability of
   42  s. 215.24 should the Governor determine that for the reasons
   43  mentioned in s. 215.24 the money or trust funds should be exempt
   44  herefrom, as it is the purpose of this law to exempt income from
   45  its force and effect when, by the operation of this law, federal
   46  matching funds or contributions or private grants to any trust
   47  fund would be lost to the state.
   48         (4) There is appropriated from the proper respective trust
   49  funds from time to time such sums as may be necessary to pay to
   50  the General Revenue Fund the service charges imposed by this
   51  section.
   52         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.