Florida Senate - 2014 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1326 Ì475134!Î475134 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/20/2014 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Domestic Security (Evers) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (14) is added to section 70.001, 6 Florida Statutes, to read: 7 70.001 Private property rights protection.— 8 (14) A cause of action does not exist under this section 9 with respect to an administrative action taken or an ordinance 10 adopted by a governmental entity to implement a Flood Insurance 11 Rate Map issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for 12 the purpose of participating in the National Flood Insurance 13 Program unless such administrative action or ordinance 14 incorrectly applies any aspect of the Flood Insurance Rate Map 15 to a property such as, but not limited to, incorrectly assessing 16 the elevation of a property. 17 Section 2. Present subsection (9) of section 252.34, 18 Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (10), and a new 19 subsection (9) is added to that section, to read: 20 252.34 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term: 21 (9) “State flood risk analysis” means the most recently 22 updated flood risk analysis issued by the division pursuant to 23 s. 252.441. 24 Section 3. Present paragraph (y) of subsection (2) of 25 section 252.35, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph 26 (z), and a new paragraph (y) is added to that subsection, to 27 read: 28 252.35 Emergency management powers; Division of Emergency 29 Management.— 30 (2) The division is responsible for carrying out the 31 provisions of ss. 252.31-252.90. In performing its duties, the 32 division shall: 33 (y) Maintain an updated state flood risk analysis 34 contingent upon funding by the Legislature and make such 35 analysis readily available to the public, and provide assistance 36 through designated personnel to local governments participating 37 in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System. 38 Section 4. Section 252.441, Florida Statutes, is created to 39 read: 40 252.441 State flood risk analysis initiative.— 41 (1) The Legislature finds that passage by Congress of the 42 Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, Pub. L. No. 43 112-141, requires a complete and specific analysis of flood risk 44 to Florida property owners to ensure the continued availability 45 of flood insurance at affordable rates. Such an analysis could 46 provide important data and insights supporting the entry of 47 private insurance companies into the flood insurance market. 48 (2) The division, in consultation with the Office of 49 Insurance Regulation and the Florida Commission on Hurricane 50 Loss Projection Methodology, shall contract for a state flood 51 risk analysis to evaluate the state’s flood risk. Such analysis 52 shall take into consideration existing vendor models recognized 53 by the insurance industry, Flood Insurance Rate Maps issued by 54 the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Special Flood 55 Hazard Areas designated by the National Flood Insurance Program 56 (NFIP). The risk analysis must include, but is not limited to, 57 the following: 58 (a) A determination of the extent to which flood insurance 59 premium rates, including observed rate increases in the NFIP as 60 a result of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 61 2012, reasonably reflect the risk of loss to insurers; 62 (b) The identification of the potential of differentiated 63 premium rates based on property location, value, and 64 vulnerability to flood damage; 65 (c) The identification of public policies that would 66 strengthen and support the investment of new private market 67 underwriting capacity in this state’s flood insurance market as 68 the supply of insurance capacity offered approaches the level of 69 demand; 70 (d) A review of publicly available premium rate factor 71 analyses and commentary on their appropriateness relative to the 72 latest available data on property vulnerability, flood risk, and 73 cost of repair or rebuilding; 74 (e) Pilot studies of at least three geographical sample 75 inventory regions representative of construction in coastal 76 regions of this state. Selected sample inventory regions shall 77 be equally representative of urban, suburban, and rural areas 78 that have reliable, comprehensive public domain data available. 79 The pilot study of each selected region must include a detailed 80 data quality assessment of the relevant building stock 81 assessments and quantitative catastrophic storm surge modeling 82 using vendor models recognized by the insurance industry to 83 assess whether current insurance premiums are sufficient to 84 ensure the long-term, sustainable availability of flood 85 insurance at affordable rates; and 86 (f) A comparison of the available models’ technical pricing 87 of risks with those currently required by the NFIP and other 88 insurers, a commentary on possible reasons for any differences, 89 and recommended action to resolve any such differences. 90 (3) The division must award the contract in accordance with 91 the competitive solicitation requirements in chapter 287 to a 92 firm that has experience in natural catastrophe risk modeling, 93 rate analysis consultation services, and transactional services. 94 (4) The division shall submit a comprehensive report of the 95 results of the risk analysis to the Governor, the President of 96 the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by 97 February 1, 2015. 98 99 The Legislature may authorize annual updates to the state flood 100 risk analysis contingent upon specific funding in the General 101 Appropriations Act. 102 Section 5. Section 252.9335, Florida Statutes, is created 103 to read: 104 252.9335 Expense reimbursement under compact.—The travel 105 expense reimbursement provisions of s. 112.061 do not apply to 106 an employee of the state traveling under the Emergency 107 Management Assistance Compact when such expenses are reimbursed 108 based on the amount agreed upon in an interstate mutual aid 109 request for assistance. 110 Section 6. The sum of $127,368 is appropriated to the 111 Division of Emergency Management from recurring general revenue 112 for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which funds shall be used by the 113 division to provide assistance to local governments 114 participating in the National Flood Insurance Program Community 115 Rating System. The sum of $500,000 is appropriated to the 116 division from nonrecurring general revenue for the 2014-2015 117 fiscal year, which funds shall be used to complete the state 118 flood risk analysis under s. 252.441, Florida Statutes, as 119 created by this act. 120 Section 7. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014. 121 122 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 123 And the title is amended as follows: 124 Delete everything before the enacting clause 125 and insert: 126 A bill to be entitled 127 An act relating to emergency management; amending s. 128 70.001, F.S.; specifying the availability of a cause 129 of action with respect to a governmental entity 130 implementing a Flood Insurance Rate Map; amending s. 131 252.34, F.S.; defining the term “state flood risk 132 analysis”; amending s. 252.35, F.S.; revising the 133 duties of the Division of Emergency Management to 134 conform to changes made by the act; creating s. 135 252.441, F.S.; providing legislative findings; 136 requiring the division to contract for a flood risk 137 analysis; prescribing requirements for the risk 138 analysis; requiring the division to award the contract 139 in accordance with competitive solicitation 140 requirements; requiring the division to submit a 141 report of the risk analysis results to the Governor 142 and the Legislature by a specified date; providing 143 that the Legislature may authorize annual updates to 144 the risk analysis; creating s. 252.9335, F.S.; 145 exempting state employees from specified travel 146 expense provisions when traveling under the Emergency 147 Management Assistance Compact pursuant to a request 148 for assistance from another state under certain 149 circumstances; providing appropriations; providing an 150 effective date.