Florida Senate - 2013 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1852 Barcode 754392 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: 1/AD/2R . 04/25/2013 11:44 AM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Gardiner moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Notwithstanding the funding match provisions in 6 s. 1009.984(2), Florida Statutes, the nonrecurring sum of 7 $9,117,895 is appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the 8 Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship Program as established in s. 9 1009.984, Florida Statutes, in order for Take Stock in Children, 10 Inc., to purchase 2-year dormitory residence advance payment 11 contracts for eligible students who are in grades 10 and 11 12 during the 2012-2013 school year and have been selected to 13 participate in the scholarship program. 14 Section 2. The nonrecurring sum of $5,262,579 is 15 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the state courts 16 system to provide technology solutions that expedite foreclosure 17 cases through the judicial process. Such technology solutions 18 must enable judges and staff to effectively use electronic 19 documents when disposing of foreclosure cases, produce orders 20 electronically, provide for electronic calendaring, serve orders 21 electronically, and generate case management reports. All 22 technology enhancements to expedite mortgage foreclosure cases 23 must be completed in accordance with the standards set by the 24 Florida Court Technology Commission regarding functionality as 25 outlined in the Case Processing Application Standards. 26 Section 3. The nonrecurring sum of $16 million is 27 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the state courts 28 system to provide supplemental resources, including, but not 29 limited to, additional senior judge days and temporary case 30 management staff in the trial courts to reduce the backlog of 31 pending foreclosure cases. 32 Section 4. The nonrecurring sum of $9.7 million is 33 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the clerks of the 34 court to enhance levels of service to assist and support the 35 courts in expediting the processing of backlogged foreclosure 36 cases. 37 Section 5. The nonrecurring sum of $10 million is 38 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Office of the 39 Attorney General, who must contract directly with regional legal 40 aid service providers to provide legal aid services to low 41 income and moderate-income homeowners facing foreclosure. 42 Administrative costs or fees may not be collected or used by the 43 Office of the Attorney General, any association, or any 44 foundation for providing services with the funds appropriated in 45 this section. 46 Section 6. The nonrecurring sum of $10 million is 47 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund in a fixed capital 48 outlay appropriation category to the Department of Children and 49 Families for capital improvement grants to certified domestic 50 violence centers in accordance with s. 39.9055, Florida 51 Statutes. The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence shall 52 serve as the lead entity to create a competitive request for 53 proposals with the primary focus of increasing bed space and 54 expanding capacity of emergency shelter services. Award 55 decisions shall be completed within 60 days after the effective 56 date of this act. 57 Section 7. (1) The nonrecurring sum of $20 million is 58 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of 59 Economic Opportunity to provide a grant to Habitat for Humanity 60 of Florida for the acquisition and rehabilitation or 61 reconstruction of existing housing stock to provide affordable 62 housing to low-income applicants. Habitat for Humanity of 63 Florida may use up to 1 percent of the grant award for direct 64 administrative costs. 65 (2) Habitat for Humanity of Florida shall provide 66 compliance and oversight for the grant award and shall: 67 (a) Provide to the Department of Economic Opportunity the 68 name and contact information for the Habitat for Humanity of 69 Florida compliance officer, to be updated within 10 business 70 days after any change. 71 (b) Develop a request for proposals to be released to the 72 58 Habitat for Humanity of Florida affiliates no later than 60 73 days after the effective date of this act. The request for 74 proposals shall be limited to projects that undertake the 75 acquisition and rehabilitation or reconstruction of existing 76 housing stock and provide affordable housing to low-income 77 applicants. 78 (c) Use the grant award within 2 years, the start date of 79 which is 30 days after the request for proposals is released to 80 the 58 Habitat for Humanity of Florida affiliates. 81 (d) Provide the 58 Habitat for Humanity of Florida 82 affiliates a minimum of 30 days to respond to the request for 83 proposals. 84 (e) Establish a volunteer committee of at least six members 85 from any of the 58 Habitat for Humanity of Florida affiliates to 86 evaluate and rank project proposals received and determine 87 project awards based on that evaluation and ranking. 88 1. Project awards shall be provided on a cost-reimbursement 89 basis for work completed and paid for by the Habitat for 90 Humanity of Florida affiliate for a qualifying home that was 91 acquired and rehabilitated or reconstructed for a low-income 92 applicant. 93 2. The Habitat for Humanity of Florida compliance officer 94 is responsible for verifying that all project work is completed 95 and has been paid for by the Habitat for Humanity of Florida 96 affiliate before a cost reimbursement. 97 3. A Habitat for Humanity of Florida affiliate may not 98 receive cost reimbursements in excess of 10 percent of the total 99 appropriation, except that an affiliate may receive cost 100 reimbursements in excess of 10 percent during the second year if 101 the only project proposals remaining are from Habitat for 102 Humanity of Florida affiliates that have reached the 10-percent 103 cap. 104 (f) Provide technical support and assistance for the use of 105 grant award funds by the Habitat for Humanity of Florida 106 affiliates, which shall not exceed 2 percent of the grant award. 107 (g) Submit a quarterly progress report to the Department of 108 Economic Opportunity within 30 days after the end of each 109 quarter until all grant award funds have been expended. The 110 quarterly progress report shall include, but need not be limited 111 to: 112 1. Events occurring during the quarter, or anticipated to 113 occur in the near future, which affect the ability of Habitat 114 for Humanity of Florida to use the grant award for the intended 115 purpose pursuant to this section. 116 2. Action plans for addressing any policy and 117 administrative issues. 118 3. Habitat for Humanity of Florida efforts related to 119 collecting and verifying data. 120 4. Data collected and verified, such as the number of 121 existing housing stock acquired and rehabilitated or 122 reconstructed for the quarter and to date, the number of 123 requests for proposals received, and income data on applicants 124 who are using the provided housing. 125 5. Grant award data disaggregated by recipient and 126 activity, such as technical support and assistance, direct 127 administrative costs, housing acquisition, and housing 128 rehabilitation or reconstruction. 129 6. Activities related to technical support and assistance. 130 7. The name of each volunteer committee member and his or 131 her Habitat for Humanity of Florida affiliate. 132 8. Progress toward meeting the goal of spending the full 133 grant award within 2 years, the start date of which is 30 days 134 after the request for proposals is released to the 58 Habitat 135 for Humanity of Florida affiliates. 136 (h) Submit annually by September 1 to the Department of 137 Economic Opportunity a financial audit performed by an 138 independent certified public accountant for the most recently 139 completed fiscal year which establishes that no material 140 weaknesses or instances of material noncompliance exist. 141 (3) The Department of Economic Opportunity shall submit a 142 copy of each financial audit from Habitat for Humanity of 143 Florida to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the 144 House of Representatives within 15 days after its receipt. 145 (4) Any funds that are not expended or encumbered by June 146 30, 2015, and any funds that were deemed encumbered on June 30, 147 2015, and not expended by September 30, 2015, shall be repaid by 148 Habitat for Humanity of Florida to the Department of Financial 149 Services for deposit into the State Housing Trust Fund within 150 the Department of Economic Opportunity. A final audit shall be 151 submitted to the Department of Economic Opportunity by January 152 30, 2016, for any expenditures made after June 30, 2015. 153 Section 8. The nonrecurring sum of $50 million is 154 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of 155 Economic Opportunity for transfer to the Florida Housing Finance 156 Corporation (FHFC) to provide funding to reduce rents on new or 157 existing rental units through the State Apartment Incentive Loan 158 Program created under s. 420.5087, Florida Statutes. 159 Notwithstanding s. 420.5087, Florida Statutes, $25 million of 160 these funds shall be reserved for rental units for the elderly 161 as defined in s. 420.0004, Florida Statutes, and $25 million 162 shall be reserved for rental units for extremely-low-income 163 persons as defined in s. 420.0004, Florida Statutes. 164 Section 9. (1) The nonrecurring sum of $10 million is 165 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of 166 Economic Opportunity for transfer to the Florida Housing Finance 167 Corporation (FHFC) to fund the construction or rehabilitation of 168 units through the State Apartment Incentive Loan Program (SAIL). 169 (2) Each SAIL development that receives funds under this 170 section must include up to 25 percent, but not less than 10 171 percent, of its units designed, constructed, and targeted for 172 persons with developmental disabilities as defined in s. 173 393.063, Florida Statutes. Each development shall be required to 174 enter into an agreement with at least one designated supportive 175 services lead agency, such as the local Center for Independent 176 Living, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, or any other 177 such agency approved by FHFC, for the purpose of coordinating 178 services and housing for persons with disabilities. 179 Section 10. (1) The nonrecurring sum of $40 million is 180 appropriated from the General Revenue Trust Fund to the 181 Department of Economic Opportunity for transfer to the Florida 182 Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) to fund the State Housing 183 Initiative Program (SHIP). The FHFC shall allocate the funding 184 to all eligible counties and cities. Except as otherwise 185 specified in this section, local governments must use this 186 funding according to the SHIP statute and rules and within the 187 parameters of their adopted local housing assistance plan. 188 (2) All funding appropriated under this section must be 189 targeted for one or more of the following strategies: 190 (a) Rehabilitating or modifying owner-occupied houses, 191 including blighted homes or neighborhoods. 192 (b) Assisting with purchases of existing housing, with or 193 without rehabilitation. 194 (c) Providing housing counseling services. 195 (d) Providing lease-purchase assistance. 196 (e) Implementing strategies approved by FHFC which are 197 related to assisting households and communities impacted by 198 foreclosures, using existing housing stock. 199 (3) Of the funding provided in this section, each local 200 government must use a minimum of 20 percent of its allocation to 201 serve persons with special needs as defined in s. 420.0004, 202 Florida Statutes. Before this portion of the allocation is 203 released by FHFC, a local government must certify that it will 204 meet this requirement through existing approved strategies in 205 the local assistance plan or submit a new local housing 206 assistance plan strategy for this purpose to the FHFC for 207 approval to ensure that it meets these specifications. The first 208 priority of these special needs funds must be to use them for 209 persons with developmental disabilities as defined in s. 210 393.063, Florida Statutes, with an emphasis on home 211 modifications, including technological enhancements and devices, 212 which will allow homeowners to remain independent in their own 213 homes and maintain their homeownership. 214 (4) Local governments may not use more than 3 percent of 215 their allocations under this section for administrative costs. 216 Section 11. The nonrecurring sum of $10 million is 217 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of 218 Economic Opportunity for transfer to the Florida Housing Finance 219 Corporation (FHFC) to fund a competitive grant program to 220 provide housing for homeless persons. The FHFC shall award funds 221 on a competitive basis to private nonprofit organizations to 222 purchase and renovate existing houses and to construct small 223 specialty housing of 15 units or fewer for homeless individuals 224 or families, with priority given to extremely-low-income 225 households. 226 Section 12. The nonrecurring sum of $10 million is 227 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of 228 Economic Opportunity for transfer to the Florida Housing Finance 229 Corporation (FHFC) to fund a competitive grant program for 230 housing developments designed, constructed, and targeted for 231 persons with developmental disabilities as defined in s. 232 393.063, Florida Statutes. Private nonprofit organizations whose 233 primary mission includes serving persons with developmental 234 disabilities as defined in s. 393.063, Florida Statutes, shall 235 be eligible for these grant funds. Housing projects funded with 236 these grants may include community residential homes as defined 237 in s. 419.001, Florida Statutes, or individual housing units, 238 and may include new construction and renovation of existing 239 housing units. In evaluating proposals for these funds, the FHFC 240 shall consider: the extent to which funds from local and other 241 sources will be used by the applicant to leverage the grant 242 funds provided under this section; employment opportunities and 243 supports that will be available to residents of the proposed 244 housing; a plan for residents to effectively and efficiently 245 access community-based services, resources, and amenities; and 246 partnerships with other supportive services agencies. 247 Section 13. Except as otherwise provided in section 7 of 248 this act, notwithstanding s. 216.301, Florida Statutes, and 249 pursuant to s. 216.351, Florida Statutes, entities to which 250 funds are appropriated pursuant to this act may expend such 251 funds through the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Any funds that are 252 encumbered by June 30, 2015, must be disbursed by September 30, 253 2015. On September 30, 2015, any funds that remain undisbursed 254 must be transferred to the State Housing Trust Fund within the 255 Department of Economic Opportunity. 256 Section 14. This act shall take effect upon the deposit of 257 $200,080,474 into the General Revenue Fund from the escrow 258 account created as a result of the consent judgment entered into 259 by the Attorney General on April 4, 2012, in the case of United 260 States of America, et al. v. Bank of America Corp., et al., No. 261 12-0361-RMC, in the United States District Court for the 262 District of Columbia. 263 264 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 265 And the title is amended as follows: 266 Delete everything before the enacting clause 267 and insert: 268 A bill to be entitled 269 An act relating to funding from the national mortgage 270 settlement; providing an appropriation from the 271 General Revenue Fund to the Florida Prepaid Tuition 272 Scholarship Program to purchase 2-year dormitory 273 residence advance payment contracts for certain 274 students; providing an appropriation from the General 275 Revenue Fund to the state courts system to provide 276 technology solutions to expedite foreclosure cases 277 through the judicial process; providing an 278 appropriation from the General Revenue Fund to the 279 state courts system to provide certain supplemental 280 resources; providing an appropriation from the General 281 Revenue Fund to the clerks of the court to assist and 282 support the courts in expediting the processing of 283 backlogged foreclosure cases; providing an 284 appropriation from the General Revenue Fund to the 285 Office of the Attorney General to provide legal aid 286 services to low- and moderate-income homeowners facing 287 foreclosure; providing an appropriation from the 288 General Revenue Fund to the Department of Children and 289 Families to fund capital improvement grants for 290 certified domestic violence centers; providing an 291 appropriation from the General Revenue Fund to the 292 Department of Economic Opportunity to provide a grant 293 to Habitat for Humanity of Florida for certain 294 purposes; providing requirements for Habitat for 295 Humanity of Florida; providing financial audit 296 reporting requirements; requiring certain funds to be 297 repaid by Habitat for Humanity of Florida to the 298 Department of Financial Services for deposit into the 299 State Housing Trust Fund; providing an appropriation 300 from the General Revenue Fund to the Florida Housing 301 Finance Corporation to provide funding to reduce rents 302 on new or existing rental units through the State 303 Apartment Incentive Loan Program; providing an 304 appropriation from the General Revenue Fund to the 305 Department of Economic Opportunity for specified 306 purposes; providing requirements for the expenditure, 307 disbursement, and transfer to the State Housing Trust 308 Fund of certain appropriated funds; providing a 309 contingent effective date.