Florida Senate - 2016                             CS for SB 1636
       By the Committee on Ethics and Elections; and Senator Gibson
       582-03673-16                                          20161636c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to duties of the Legislative Auditing
    3         Committee; amending s. 11.45, F.S.; removing a
    4         requirement that the Auditor General notify the
    5         committee regarding certain financial or operational
    6         audit reports of state universities or Florida College
    7         System institutions; removing duties of the committee
    8         relating to state universities or Florida College
    9         System institutions that have failed to take
   10         corrective action based on such reports; amending s.
   11         215.985, F.S.; repealing provisions requiring the
   12         committee’s input related to the website of the
   13         Executive Office of the Governor; providing an
   14         effective date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Paragraph (j) of subsection (7) of section
   19  11.45, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   20         11.45 Definitions; duties; authorities; reports; rules.—
   22         (j) The Auditor General shall notify the Legislative
   23  Auditing Committee of any financial or operational audit report
   24  prepared pursuant to this section which indicates that a
   25  district school board, state university, or Florida College
   26  System institution has failed to take full corrective action in
   27  response to a recommendation that was included in the two
   28  preceding financial or operational audit reports.
   29         1. The committee may direct the district school board or
   30  the governing body of the state university or Florida College
   31  System institution to provide a written statement to the
   32  committee explaining why full corrective action has not been
   33  taken or, if the district school board governing body intends to
   34  take full corrective action, describing the corrective action to
   35  be taken and when it will occur.
   36         2. If the committee determines that the written statement
   37  is not sufficient, the committee may require the chair of the
   38  district school board or the chair of the governing body of the
   39  state university or Florida College System institution, or the
   40  chair’s designee, to appear before the committee.
   41         3. If the committee determines that the district school
   42  board, state university, or Florida College System institution
   43  has failed to take full corrective action for which there is no
   44  justifiable reason or has failed to comply with committee
   45  requests made pursuant to this section, the committee shall
   46  refer the matter to the State Board of Education or the Board of
   47  Governors, as appropriate, to proceed in accordance with s.
   48  1008.32 or s. 1008.322, respectively.
   49         Section 2. Subsections (2), (7), (8), (9), and (13) of
   50  section 215.985, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   51         215.985 Transparency in government spending.—
   52         (2) As used in this section, the term:
   53         (a)“Committee” means the Legislative Auditing Committee
   54  created in s. 11.40.
   55         (a)(b) “Contract” means a written agreement or purchase
   56  order issued for the purchase of goods or services or a written
   57  agreement for the receipt of state or federal financial
   58  assistance.
   59         (b)(c) “Governmental entity” means a state, regional,
   60  county, municipal, special district, or other political
   61  subdivision whether executive, judicial, or legislative,
   62  including, but not limited to, a department, division, bureau,
   63  commission, authority, district, or agency thereof, or public
   64  school, Florida College System institution, state university, or
   65  associated board.
   66         (c)(d) “Website” means a site on the Internet which is
   67  easily accessible to the public at no cost and does not require
   68  the user to provide information.
   69         (7)By November 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, the
   70  committee shall recommend to the President of the Senate and the
   71  Speaker of the House of Representatives:
   72         (a)Additional information to be added to a website, such
   73  as whether to expand the scope of the information provided to
   74  include state universities, Florida College System institutions,
   75  school districts, charter schools, charter technical career
   76  centers, local government units, and other governmental
   77  entities.
   78         (b)A schedule for adding information to the website by
   79  type of information and governmental entity, including
   80  timeframes and development entity.
   81         (c)A format for collecting and displaying the additional
   82  information.
   83         (8)The manager of each website described in subsections
   84  (4), (5), and (6) shall submit to the committee information
   85  relating to the cost of creating and maintaining such website,
   86  and the number of times the website has been accessed.
   87         (9)The committee shall coordinate with the Financial
   88  Management Information Board in developing recommendations for
   89  including information on the website which is necessary to meet
   90  the requirements of s. 215.91(8).
   91         (13)The committee shall prepare an annual report detailing
   92  progress in establishing the single website and providing
   93  recommendations for enhancement of the content and format of the
   94  website and related policies and procedures. The report shall be
   95  submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
   96  Speaker of the House of Representatives by November 1.
   97         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.