Florida Senate - 2017 SB 422 By Senator Lee 20-00544-17 2017422__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to municipal conversion of independent 3 special districts; amending s. 165.0615, F.S.; adding 4 a minimum population standard for qualified electors 5 of an independent special district to commence a 6 certain municipal conversion proceeding; providing an 7 effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 165.0615, Florida 12 Statutes, is amended to read: 13 165.0615 Municipal conversion of independent special 14 districts upon elector-initiated and approved referendum.— 15 (1) The qualified electors of an independent special 16 district may commence a municipal conversion proceeding by 17 filing a petition with the governing body of the independent 18 special district proposed to be converted if the district meets 19 all of the following criteria: 20 (a) It was created by special act of the Legislature. 21 (b) It is designated as an improvement district and created 22 pursuant to chapter 298 or is designated as a stewardship 23 district and created pursuant to s. 189.031. 24 (c) Its governing board is elected. 25 (d) Its governing board agrees to the conversion. 26 (e) It provides at least four of the following municipal 27 services: water, sewer, solid waste, drainage, roads, 28 transportation, public works, fire and rescue, street lighting, 29 parks and recreation, or library or cultural facilities. 30 (f) No portion of the district is located within the 31 jurisdictional limits of a municipality. 32 (g) It meets minimum population standards as provided in s. 33 165.061(1)(b). 34 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.