Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 556
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/26/2016           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development (Clemens) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Florida Council on Poverty.—
    6         (1)ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL.—The Florida Council on
    7  Poverty is established and assigned to the Department of
    8  Economic Opportunity as an advisory council, as defined in s.
    9  20.03, Florida Statutes. The council shall be administratively
   10  housed within the Department of Economic Opportunity.
   11         (2)COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP.—The council shall consist of five
   12  members who shall be residents of this state. The members shall
   13  be appointed as follows:
   14         (a)The Governor shall appoint one member who must be from
   15  the Florida Association for Community Action, Inc.
   16         (b)The Chief Financial Officer shall appoint one member.
   17         (c)The Commissioner of Agriculture shall appoint one
   18  member.
   19         (d)The President of the Senate shall appoint one member.
   20         (e)The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall
   21  appoint one member.
   22         (3)MEETINGS; ORGANIZATION.—
   23         (a)The first meeting of the council shall be held no later
   24  than August 1, 2016. Thereafter, the council shall meet at least
   25  twice each year. Meetings may be held via teleconference or
   26  other electronic means.
   27         (b)Members of the council shall annually elect from its
   28  membership a chair and vice chair. The council shall meet at the
   29  call of the chair or at such times as may be prescribed by the
   30  council.
   31         (c)Three members of the council constitute a quorum, and a
   32  meeting may not be held unless a quorum is present. The
   33  affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the council
   34  present is necessary for any official action by the council.
   35         (d)Members of the council shall serve without compensation
   36  but may be reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses in
   37  accordance with s. 112.061, Florida Statutes.
   38         (4)SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES.—The council shall:
   39         (a)Conduct a review of policies and programs that work to
   40  move people out of poverty.
   41         (b)Develop strategies to address the causes of poverty in
   42  the state.
   43         (c)Develop recommendations to reduce the percentage of
   44  people living in poverty in the state.
   45         (d)Study the academic outcomes for children in poverty and
   46  develop recommendations on how to improve such outcomes.
   47         (5)REPORT.—By January 15 of each year, beginning in 2018,
   48  the council shall submit an annual report to the Governor, the
   49  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
   50  Representatives containing an accounting of its activities and
   51  recommendations for legislative, administrative, and regulatory
   52  reforms to facilitate efforts in mitigating the existence of
   53  poverty in this state.
   54         (6)TERMINATION.—The Florida Council on Poverty shall be
   55  abolished on July 1, 2019.
   56         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.
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   59  And the title is amended as follows:
   60         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   61  and insert:
   62                        A bill to be entitled                      
   63         An act relating to the Florida Council on Poverty;
   64         establishing the council within the Department of
   65         Economic Opportunity; specifying the membership of the
   66         council; providing for organization of the council;
   67         authorizing reimbursement for per diem and travel
   68         expenses; prescribing the scope of the council’s
   69         activities; requiring the council to annually submit a
   70         report to the Governor and Legislature; requiring the
   71         council’s abolition by a specific date; providing an
   72         effective date.