Florida Senate - 2014 SB 1152 By Senator Latvala 20-00390A-14 20141152__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to leases for wireless communication 3 facilities on state property; creating s. 339.041, 4 F.S.; providing legislative intent; describing the 5 types of Department of Transportation property 6 eligible for factoring future revenues received by the 7 department from leases for communication facilities on 8 department property; authorizing the department to 9 enter into agreements with investors to purchase the 10 revenue streams from department leases of wireless 11 communication facilities on such property; prohibiting 12 the department from pledging state credit; allowing 13 the department to make certain covenants; providing 14 for the appropriation and payment of moneys received 15 from such agreements to investors; requiring the 16 proceeds from such leases to be used for capital 17 expenditures; providing an effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 339.041, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 339.041 Factoring of revenues from leases for wireless 24 communication facilities.— 25 (1) The Legislature finds that efforts to increase funding 26 for capital expenditures for the transportation system are 27 necessary for the protection of the public safety and general 28 welfare and for the preservation of transportation facilities in 29 this state. It is, therefore, the intent of the Legislature: 30 (a) To create a mechanism for factoring future revenues 31 received by the department from leases for wireless 32 communication facilities on department property on a nonrecourse 33 basis; 34 (b) To fund fixed capital expenditures for the statewide 35 transportation system from proceeds generated through this 36 mechanism; and 37 (c) To maximize revenues from factoring by ensuring that 38 such revenues are exempt from income taxation under federal law 39 in order to increase funds available for capital expenditures. 40 (2) For the purposes of factoring revenues under this 41 section, department property includes real property located 42 within the department’s limited access rights-of-way, property 43 located outside the current operating right-of-way limits which 44 is not needed to support current transportation facilities, 45 other property owned by the Board of Trustees of the Internal 46 Improvement Trust Fund and leased by the department, space on 47 department telecommunications facilities, and space on 48 department structures. 49 (3) The department may seek investors willing to enter into 50 agreements to purchase the revenue stream from one or more 51 existing department leases for wireless communication facilities 52 on property owned or controlled by the department. Such 53 agreements shall be structured as tax-exempt financings for 54 federal income tax purposes in order to result in the largest 55 possible payout and are exempt from chapter 287. 56 (4) The department may not pledge the credit, the general 57 revenues, or the taxing power of the state or of any political 58 subdivision of the state. The obligations of the department and 59 investors under the agreement do not constitute a general 60 obligation of the state or a pledge of the full faith and credit 61 or taxing power of the state. The agreement is payable from and 62 secured solely by payments received from department leases for 63 wireless communication facilities on property owned or 64 controlled by the department, and neither the state nor any of 65 its agencies has any liability beyond such payments. 66 (5) The department may make any covenant or representation 67 necessary or desirable in connection with the agreement, 68 including a commitment by the department to take whatever 69 actions are necessary on behalf of investors to enforce the 70 department’s rights to payments on property leased for wireless 71 communications facilities. However, the department may not 72 guarantee that revenues actually received in a future year will 73 be those anticipated in its leases for wireless communication 74 facilities. The department may agree to use its best efforts to 75 ensure that anticipated future-year revenues are protected. Any 76 risk that actual revenues received from department leases for 77 wireless communications facilities are lower than anticipated 78 shall be borne exclusively by investors. 79 (6) Subject to annual appropriation, the investors shall 80 collect the lease payments on a schedule and in a manner 81 established in the agreements entered into pursuant to this 82 section between the department and the investors. The agreements 83 may provide for lease payments to be made directly to investors 84 by lessees if the lease agreements entered into by the 85 department and the lessees pursuant to s. 365.172(12)(f) allow 86 direct payment. 87 (7) Proceeds received by the department from leases for 88 wireless communication facilities shall be deposited in the 89 State Transportation Trust Fund created under s. 206.46 and used 90 for fixed capital expenditures for the statewide transportation 91 system. 92 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.