Florida Senate - 2014 CS for CS for SB 286 By the Committees on Governmental Oversight and Accountability; and Regulated Industries; and Senators Richter, Latvala, Detert, Garcia, Bradley, Flores, Smith, and Bean 585-03741-14 2014286c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to concrete masonry education; 3 providing a short title; creating the Florida Concrete 4 Masonry Education Council, Inc.; requiring the council 5 to operate under a written contract with the 6 Department of Economic Opportunity; providing powers 7 and duties of the council; providing restrictions; 8 providing for appointment and terms of the governing 9 board of the council; authorizing the council to 10 accept grants, donations, contributions, and gifts 11 under certain circumstances; authorizing the council 12 to make payments to other organizations under certain 13 circumstances; providing for collection of a voluntary 14 assessment on concrete masonry units; requiring 15 manufacturers who elect to pay the assessment to 16 commit to paying the assessment for a specified 17 period; requiring the council to adopt bylaws; 18 providing for the adoption of bylaws and amendments to 19 bylaws; providing an effective date. 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. This section may be cited as the “Concrete 24 Masonry Education Act.” 25 Section 2. Concrete masonry education.— 26 (1)(a) The Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council, 27 Inc., is created as a nonprofit corporation organized under the 28 laws of this state and operating as a direct-support 29 organization of the Department of Economic Opportunity. 30 (b) The council shall operate under a written contract with 31 the department which provides, at a minimum, for: 32 1. Approval of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of 33 the council by the department. 34 2. Submission of an annual budget for approval by the 35 department. 36 3. Reversion of moneys and property held in trust by the 37 council for concrete masonry education to the department if the 38 council ceases to exist or to the state if the department ceases 39 to exist. 40 (c) The council shall: 41 1. Plan, implement, and conduct programs of education for 42 the purpose of training individuals in the field of concrete 43 masonry. 44 2. Develop and improve access to education for individuals 45 seeking employment in the field of concrete masonry. 46 3. Develop and implement outreach programs to ensure 47 diversity among individuals trained in the programs conducted 48 pursuant to this section. 49 4. Coordinate educational programs with national programs 50 or programs of other states. 51 5. Inform and educate the public about the sustainability 52 and economic benefits of concrete masonry products in order to 53 increase employment opportunities for individuals trained in the 54 programs conducted pursuant to this section. 55 6. Develop, implement, and monitor a system for the 56 collection of a self-imposed voluntary assessment on each 57 concrete masonry unit produced and sold by concrete masonry 58 manufacturers in this state. 59 7. Submit a report to the Governor, the President of the 60 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by 61 January 15 of each year outlining the revenues received by the 62 council, the percentage of the industry participating in the 63 programs, the use of the funds received, the goals and 64 objectives for the year and the methods of achieving such goals 65 and objectives, the number of individuals who have received 66 training or assistance from the programs supported by the 67 council, and information relating to job placements and industry 68 workforce needs. 69 (d) The council may: 70 1. Provide to governmental bodies, on request, information 71 relating to subjects of concern to the concrete masonry industry 72 and act jointly or in cooperation with the state or Federal 73 Government, and agencies thereof, in the development or 74 administration of programs that the council considers to be 75 consistent with the objectives of this section. 76 2. Sue and be sued as a council without individual 77 liability of the members for actions of the council when acting 78 within the scope of the powers conferred by this section and in 79 the manner prescribed by the laws of this state. 80 3. Maintain a financial reserve for emergency use, the 81 total of which must not exceed 10 percent of the council’s 82 anticipated annual income. 83 4. Employ subordinate officers and employees of the 84 council, prescribe their duties, and fix their compensation and 85 terms of employment. 86 5. Cooperate with any local, state, regional, or nationwide 87 organization or agency engaged in work or activities consistent 88 with the objectives of this section. 89 6. Meet with concrete masonry manufacturers in this state 90 to coordinate the collection of self-imposed voluntary 91 assessments on concrete masonry units. 92 (e)1. The council may not participate or intervene in any 93 political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any 94 candidate for public office or any state or local ballot 95 initiative, including, but not limited to, the publication or 96 distribution of any statement. 97 2. The net receipts of the council may not in any part 98 inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its directors, 99 its officers, or other private persons; however, the council may 100 pay reasonable compensation for services rendered by council 101 officers and employees and may make payments and distributions 102 in furtherance of the purposes of this section. 103 3. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the council 104 may not carry on any other activity not permitted to be carried 105 on by a corporation: 106 a. That is exempt from federal income taxation under s. 107 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or 108 b. To which charitable contributions are deductible under 109 s. 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. 110 (2)(a) The Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council, 111 Inc., shall be governed by a board of directors composed of 13 112 voting members as follows: 113 1. Eight members representing concrete masonry 114 manufacturers of various sizes. After receiving recommendations 115 from the Masonry Association of Florida, the Governor shall 116 appoint two of these board members, and the President of the 117 Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall 118 each appoint three of these board members. Of the eight board 119 members appointed under this subparagraph, at least five members 120 must be representatives of manufacturers that are members of the 121 Masonry Association of Florida. A manufacturer may not be 122 represented by more than one board member. 123 2. One member representing a major building industry 124 association in the state appointed by the Governor. 125 3. One member having expertise in apprenticeship or 126 workforce education training appointed by the Speaker of the 127 House of Representatives. 128 4. One member who is not a masonry contractor or 129 manufacturer or an employee of a masonry contractor or 130 manufacturer but who is otherwise a stakeholder in the masonry 131 industry. This member shall be appointed by the President of the 132 Senate. 133 5. Two members who are masonry contractors and who are 134 members of the Masonry Association of Florida, one of whom shall 135 be appointed by the President of the Senate and one of whom 136 shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of 137 Representatives. 138 (b)1. Five of the initial board members shall be appointed 139 to serve 1-year terms. Of the five members, one shall be 140 appointed by the Governor, two shall be appointed by the 141 President of the Senate, and two shall be appointed by the 142 Speaker of the House of Representatives. 143 2. Four of the initial board members shall be appointed to 144 serve 2-year terms. Of the four members, one shall be appointed 145 by the Governor, one shall be appointed by the President of the 146 Senate, and two shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House 147 of Representatives. 148 3. Four of the initial board members shall be appointed to 149 serve 3-year terms. Of the four members, one shall be appointed 150 by the Governor, two shall be appointed by the President of the 151 Senate, and one shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House 152 of Representatives. 153 4. Each subsequent vacancy on the board of directors shall 154 be filled in accordance with the initial appointment. 155 Thereafter, each board member shall be appointed to serve a 3 156 year term and may be reappointed to serve an additional 157 consecutive term. However, a member may not serve more than two 158 consecutive terms. 159 (c) A board member may not be required to participate in a 160 voluntary assessment on concrete masonry units as a condition of 161 appointment. A member representing a manufacturer must have been 162 employed by a manufacturer engaging in the trade of manufacture 163 of concrete masonry products for at least 5 years immediately 164 preceding the first day of his or her service on the board. All 165 members of the board shall serve without compensation but are 166 entitled to reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses 167 incurred in carrying out the intents and purposes of this 168 section in accordance with s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. 169 (d) In addition to the 13 voting members described in 170 paragraph (a), the executive director of the Department of 171 Economic Opportunity, or his or her designee, shall serve ex 172 officio as a nonvoting member of the board of directors of the 173 council. 174 (3) The council may accept grants, donations, 175 contributions, or gifts from any source if the use of such 176 resources is not restricted in a manner that the council 177 considers to be inconsistent with the objectives of this 178 section. 179 (4)(a) The council may make payments to other organizations 180 for work or services performed that are consistent with the 181 objectives of this section. 182 (b) Before making payments described in this subsection, 183 the council must secure a written agreement that the 184 organization receiving payment will furnish at least annually, 185 or more frequently upon request of the council, written or 186 printed reports of program activities and reports of financial 187 data that are relative to the council’s funding of such 188 activities. 189 (c) The council may require adequate proof of security 190 bonding on the payments to any individual, business, or other 191 organization. 192 (5)(a) The self-imposed voluntary assessment shall be paid 193 for each masonry unit produced and sold by the manufacturer. 194 (b) Each manufacturer that elects to pay the self-imposed 195 voluntary assessment must commit to paying the assessment for at 196 least 1 year. Thereafter, the manufacturer may elect to 197 terminate payment or continue payment for the next year. 198 (c) The manufacturer shall collect all such moneys and 199 forward them quarterly to the council. 200 (d) The council shall maintain within its financial records 201 a separate accounting of all moneys received under this 202 subsection. The council shall provide for an annual financial 203 audit of its accounts and records in accordance with s. 215.981, 204 Florida Statutes. 205 (6)(a) The council shall, by September 30, 2014, adopt 206 bylaws to carry out the intents and purposes of this section. 207 Before adoption by the council, the bylaws must be approved by 208 the department. The bylaws must conform to the requirements of 209 this section but may also address any matter not in conflict 210 with the general laws of this state. 211 (b) Amendments to adopted bylaws may be proposed with 30 212 days’ notice to board members at any regular or special meeting 213 called for such purpose and may be adopted by the council 214 following approval by the department. 215 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.