Florida Senate - 2020 CS for CS for CS for SB 1870
By the Committees on Appropriations; Banking and Insurance; and
Innovation, Industry, and Technology; and Senators Hutson and
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to technology innovation; amending s.
3 20.22, F.S.; establishing the Florida Digital Service
4 and the Division of Telecommunications within the
5 Department of Management Services; abolishing the
6 Division of State Technology within the department;
7 amending s. 110.205, F.S.; exempting the state chief
8 data officer and the state chief information security
9 officer within the Florida Digital Service from the
10 Career Service System; providing for the salary and
11 benefits of such positions to be set by the
12 department; amending s. 282.0041, F.S.; defining
13 terms; revising the definition of the term “open
14 data”; amending s. 282.0051, F.S.; revising
15 information technology-related powers, duties, and
16 functions of the department acting through the Florida
17 Digital Service; specifying the designation of the
18 state chief information officer and the state chief
19 data officer; specifying qualifications for such
20 positions; specifying requirements, contingent upon
21 legislative appropriation, for the department;
22 authorizing the department to develop a certain
23 process; prohibiting the department from retrieving or
24 disclosing any data without a certain shared-data
25 agreement in place; specifying rulemaking authority
26 for the department; amending s. 282.00515, F.S.;
27 requiring the Department of Legal Affairs, the
28 Department of Financial Services, or the Department of
29 Agriculture and Consumer Services to notify the
30 Governor and the Legislature and provide a certain
31 justification and explanation if such agency adopts
32 alternative standards to certain enterprise
33 architecture standards; providing construction;
34 prohibiting the department from retrieving or
35 disclosing any data without a certain shared-data
36 agreement in place; conforming a cross-reference;
37 amending ss. 282.318, 287.0591, 365.171, 365.172,
38 365.173, and 943.0415, F.S.; conforming provisions to
39 changes made by the act; creating s. 559.952, F.S.;
40 providing a short title; creating the Financial
41 Technology Sandbox within the Office of Financial
42 Regulation; defining terms; requiring the office, if
43 certain conditions are met, to grant a license to a
44 Financial Technology Sandbox applicant, grant
45 exceptions to specified provisions of general law
46 relating to consumer finance loans and money services
47 businesses, and grant waivers of certain rules;
48 authorizing a substantially affected person to seek a
49 declaratory statement before applying to the Financial
50 Technology Sandbox; specifying application
51 requirements and procedures; specifying requirements
52 and procedures for the office in reviewing and
53 approving or denying applications; providing
54 requirements for the office in specifying the number
55 of the consumers authorized to receive an innovative
56 financial product or service; specifying authorized
57 actions of, limitations on, and requirements for
58 licensees operating in the Financial Technology
59 Sandbox; requiring licensees to make a specified
60 disclosure to consumers; authorizing the office to
61 enter into certain agreements with other regulatory
62 agencies; authorizing the office to examine licensee
63 records; authorizing a licensee to apply for one
64 extension of an initial sandbox period for a certain
65 timeframe; specifying requirements and procedures for
66 applying for an extension; specifying requirements and
67 procedures for, and authorized actions of, licensees
68 when concluding a sandbox period or extension;
69 requiring licensees to submit certain reports to the
70 office at specified intervals; providing construction;
71 specifying the liability of a licensee; authorizing
72 the office to take certain disciplinary actions
73 against a licensee under certain circumstances;
74 providing construction relating to service of process;
75 specifying the rulemaking authority of the Financial
76 Services Commission; providing the office authority to
77 issue orders and enforce the orders; providing an
78 appropriation; providing that specified provisions of
79 the act are contingent upon passage of other
80 provisions addressing public records; providing
81 effective dates.
83 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
85 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 20.22, Florida
86 Statutes, is amended to read:
87 20.22 Department of Management Services.—There is created a
88 Department of Management Services.
89 (2) The following divisions,
and programs, and services
90 within the Department of Management Services are established:
91 (a) Facilities Program.
92 (b) The Florida Digital Service Division of State
93 Technology, the director of which is appointed by the secretary
94 of the department and shall serve as the state chief information
95 officer. The state chief information officer must be a proven,
96 effective administrator who must have at least 10 years of
97 executive-level experience in the public or private sector,
98 preferably with experience in the development of information
99 technology strategic planning and the development and
100 implementation of fiscal and substantive information technology
101 policy and standards.
102 (c) Workforce Program.
103 (d)1. Support Program.
104 2. Federal Property Assistance Program.
105 (e) Administration Program.
106 (f) Division of Administrative Hearings.
107 (g) Division of Retirement.
108 (h) Division of State Group Insurance.
109 (i) Division of Telecommunications.
110 Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (2) of section
111 110.205, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
112 110.205 Career service; exemptions.—
113 (2) EXEMPT POSITIONS.—The exempt positions that are not
114 covered by this part include the following:
115 (e) The state chief information officer, the state chief
116 data officer, and the state chief information security officer.
117 Unless otherwise fixed by law, The Department of Management
118 Services shall set the salary and benefits of these positions
119 this position in accordance with the rules of the Senior
120 Management Service.
121 Section 3. Section 282.0041, Florida Statutes, is amended
122 to read:
123 282.0041 Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term:
124 (1) “Agency assessment” means the amount each customer
125 entity must pay annually for services from the Department of
126 Management Services and includes administrative and data center
127 services costs.
128 (2) “Agency data center” means agency space containing 10
129 or more physical or logical servers.
130 (3) “Breach” has the same meaning as provided in s.
132 (4) “Business continuity plan” means a collection of
133 procedures and information designed to keep an agency’s critical
134 operations running during a period of displacement or
135 interruption of normal operations.
136 (5) “Cloud computing” has the same meaning as provided in
137 Special Publication 800-145 issued by the National Institute of
138 Standards and Technology.
139 (6) “Computing facility” or “agency computing facility”
140 means agency space containing fewer than a total of 10 physical
141 or logical servers, but excluding single, logical-server
142 installations that exclusively perform a utility function such
143 as file and print servers.
144 (7) “Customer entity” means an entity that obtains services
145 from the Department of Management Services.
146 (8) “Data” means a subset of structured information in a
147 format that allows such information to be electronically
148 retrieved and transmitted.
149 (9) “Data governance” means the practice of organizing,
150 classifying, securing, and implementing policies, procedures,
151 and standards for the effective use of an organization’s data.
152 (10) “Department” means the Department of Management
154 (11) (10) “Disaster recovery” means the process, policies,
155 procedures, and infrastructure related to preparing for and
156 implementing recovery or continuation of an agency’s vital
157 technology infrastructure after a natural or human-induced
159 (12) “Electronic” means technology having electrical,
160 digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or
161 similar capabilities.
162 (13) “Electronic credential” means an electronic
163 representation of the identity of a person, an organization, an
164 application, or a device.
165 (14) “Enterprise” means state agencies and the Department
166 of Legal Affairs, the Department of Financial Services, and the
167 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
168 (15) “Enterprise architecture” means a comprehensive
169 operational framework that contemplates the needs and assets of
170 the enterprise to support interoperability.
171 (16) (11) “Enterprise information technology service” means
172 an information technology service that is used in all agencies
173 or a subset of agencies and is established in law to be
174 designed, delivered, and managed at the enterprise level.
175 (17) (12) “Event” means an observable occurrence in a system
176 or network.
177 (18) (13) “Incident” means a violation or imminent threat of
178 violation, whether such violation is accidental or deliberate,
179 of information technology resources, security, policies, or
180 practices. An imminent threat of violation refers to a situation
181 in which the state agency has a factual basis for believing that
182 a specific incident is about to occur.
183 (19) (14) “Information technology” means equipment,
184 hardware, software, firmware, programs, systems, networks,
185 infrastructure, media, and related material used to
186 automatically, electronically, and wirelessly collect, receive,
187 access, transmit, display, store, record, retrieve, analyze,
188 evaluate, process, classify, manipulate, manage, assimilate,
189 control, communicate, exchange, convert, converge, interface,
190 switch, or disseminate information of any kind or form.
191 (20) (15) “Information technology policy” means a definite
192 course or method of action selected from among one or more
193 alternatives that guide and determine present and future
195 (21) (16) “Information technology resources” has the same
196 meaning as provided in s. 119.011.
197 (22) (17) “Information technology security” means the
198 protection afforded to an automated information system in order
199 to attain the applicable objectives of preserving the integrity,
200 availability, and confidentiality of data, information, and
201 information technology resources.
202 (23) “Interoperability” means the technical ability to
203 share and use data across and throughout the enterprise.
204 (24) (18) “Open data” means data collected or created by a
205 state agency, the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of
206 Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and
207 Consumer Services, and structured in a way that enables the data
208 to be fully discoverable and usable by the public. The term does
209 not include data that are restricted from public disclosure
210 distribution based on federal or state privacy, confidentiality,
211 and security laws and regulations, including, but not limited
212 to, those related to privacy, confidentiality, security,
213 personal health, business or trade secret information, and
214 exemptions from state public records laws; or data for which a
215 state agency, the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of
216 Financial Services, or the Department of Agriculture and
217 Consumer Services is statutorily authorized to assess a fee for
218 its distribution.
219 (25) (19) “Performance metrics” means the measures of an
220 organization’s activities and performance.
221 (26) (20) “Project” means an endeavor that has a defined
222 start and end point; is undertaken to create or modify a unique
223 product, service, or result; and has specific objectives that,
224 when attained, signify completion.
225 (27) (21) “Project oversight” means an independent review
226 and analysis of an information technology project that provides
227 information on the project’s scope, completion timeframes, and
228 budget and that identifies and quantifies issues or risks
229 affecting the successful and timely completion of the project.
230 (28) (22) “Risk assessment” means the process of identifying
231 security risks, determining their magnitude, and identifying
232 areas needing safeguards.
233 (29) (23) “Service level” means the key performance
234 indicators (KPI) of an organization or service which must be
235 regularly performed, monitored, and achieved.
236 (30) (24) “Service-level agreement” means a written contract
237 between the Department of Management Services and a customer
238 entity which specifies the scope of services provided, service
239 level, the duration of the agreement, the responsible parties,
240 and service costs. A service-level agreement is not a rule
241 pursuant to chapter 120.
242 (31) (25) “Stakeholder” means a person, group, organization,
243 or state agency involved in or affected by a course of action.
244 (32) (26) “Standards” means required practices, controls,
245 components, or configurations established by an authority.
246 (33) (27) “State agency” means any official, officer,
247 commission, board, authority, council, committee, or department
248 of the executive branch of state government; the Justice
249 Administrative Commission; and the Public Service Commission.
250 The term does not include university boards of trustees or state
251 universities. As used in part I of this chapter, except as
252 otherwise specifically provided, the term does not include the
253 Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of Agriculture and
254 Consumer Services, or the Department of Financial Services.
255 (34) (28) “SUNCOM Network” means the state enterprise
256 telecommunications system that provides all methods of
257 electronic or optical telecommunications beyond a single
258 building or contiguous building complex and used by entities
259 authorized as network users under this part.
260 (35) (29) “Telecommunications” means the science and
261 technology of communication at a distance, including electronic
262 systems used in the transmission or reception of information.
263 (36) (30) “Threat” means any circumstance or event that has
264 the potential to adversely impact a state agency’s operations or
265 assets through an information system via unauthorized access,
266 destruction, disclosure, or modification of information or
267 denial of service.
268 (37) (31) “Variance” means a calculated value that
269 illustrates how far positive or negative a projection has
270 deviated when measured against documented estimates within a
271 project plan.
272 Section 4. Section 282.0051, Florida Statutes, is amended
273 to read:
274 282.0051 Department of Management Services; Florida Digital
275 Service; powers, duties, and functions.—
276 (1) The Florida Digital Service has been created within the
277 department to propose innovative solutions that securely
278 modernize state government, including technology and information
279 services, to achieve value through digital transformation and
280 interoperability, and to fully support the cloud-first policy as
281 specified in s. 282.206. The department, through the Florida
282 Digital Service, shall have the following powers, duties, and
284 (a) (1) Develop and publish information technology policy
285 for the management of the state’s information technology
287 (b) (2) Develop an enterprise architecture that:
288 1. Acknowledges the unique needs of the entities within the
289 enterprise in the development and publication of standards and
290 terminologies to facilitate digital interoperability;
291 2. Supports the cloud-first policy as specified in s.
292 282.206; and
293 3. Addresses how information technology infrastructure may
294 be modernized to achieve cloud-first objectives Establish and
295 publish information technology architecture standards to provide
296 for the most efficient use of the state’s information technology
297 resources and to ensure compatibility and alignment with the
298 needs of state agencies. The department shall assist state
299 agencies in complying with the standards.
300 (c) (3) Establish project management and oversight standards
301 with which state agencies must comply when implementing
302 information technology projects. The department, acting through
303 the Florida Digital Service, shall provide training
304 opportunities to state agencies to assist in the adoption of the
305 project management and oversight standards. To support data
306 driven decisionmaking, the standards must include, but are not
307 limited to:
308 1. (a) Performance measurements and metrics that objectively
309 reflect the status of an information technology project based on
310 a defined and documented project scope, cost, and schedule.
311 2. (b) Methodologies for calculating acceptable variances in
312 the projected versus actual scope, schedule, or cost of an
313 information technology project.
314 3. (c) Reporting requirements, including requirements
315 designed to alert all defined stakeholders that an information
316 technology project has exceeded acceptable variances defined and
317 documented in a project plan.
318 4. (d) Content, format, and frequency of project updates.
319 (d) (4) Perform project oversight on all state agency
320 information technology projects that have total project costs of
321 $10 million or more and that are funded in the General
322 Appropriations Act or any other law. The department, acting
323 through the Florida Digital Service, shall report at least
324 quarterly to the Executive Office of the Governor, the President
325 of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives
326 on any information technology project that the department
327 identifies as high-risk due to the project exceeding acceptable
328 variance ranges defined and documented in a project plan. The
329 report must include a risk assessment, including fiscal risks,
330 associated with proceeding to the next stage of the project, and
331 a recommendation for corrective actions required, including
332 suspension or termination of the project.
333 (e) (5) Identify opportunities for standardization and
334 consolidation of information technology services that support
335 interoperability and the cloud-first policy, as specified in s.
336 282.206, and business functions and operations, including
337 administrative functions such as purchasing, accounting and
338 reporting, cash management, and personnel, and that are common
339 across state agencies. The department, acting through the
340 Florida Digital Service, shall biennially on January 1 of each
341 even-numbered year April 1 provide recommendations for
342 standardization and consolidation to the Executive Office of the
343 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the
344 House of Representatives.
345 (f) (6) Establish best practices for the procurement of
346 information technology products and cloud-computing services in
347 order to reduce costs, increase the quality of data center
348 services, or improve government services.
349 (g) (7) Develop standards for information technology reports
350 and updates, including, but not limited to, operational work
351 plans, project spend plans, and project status reports, for use
352 by state agencies.
353 (h) (8) Upon request, assist state agencies in the
354 development of information technology-related legislative budget
356 (i) (9) Conduct annual assessments of state agencies to
357 determine compliance with all information technology standards
358 and guidelines developed and published by the department and
359 provide results of the assessments to the Executive Office of
360 the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of
361 the House of Representatives.
362 (j) (10) Provide operational management and oversight of the
363 state data center established pursuant to s. 282.201, which
365 1. (a) Implementing industry standards and best practices
366 for the state data center’s facilities, operations, maintenance,
367 planning, and management processes.
368 2. (b) Developing and implementing cost-recovery mechanisms
369 that recover the full direct and indirect cost of services
370 through charges to applicable customer entities. Such cost
371 recovery mechanisms must comply with applicable state and
372 federal regulations concerning distribution and use of funds and
373 must ensure that, for any fiscal year, no service or customer
374 entity subsidizes another service or customer entity. The
375 Florida Digital Service may recommend other payment mechanisms
376 to the Executive Office of the Governor, the President of the
377 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Such
378 mechanism may be implemented only if specifically authorized by
379 the Legislature.
380 3. (c) Developing and implementing appropriate operating
381 guidelines and procedures necessary for the state data center to
382 perform its duties pursuant to s. 282.201. The guidelines and
383 procedures must comply with applicable state and federal laws,
384 regulations, and policies and conform to generally accepted
385 governmental accounting and auditing standards. The guidelines
386 and procedures must include, but need not be limited to:
387 a. 1. Implementing a consolidated administrative support
388 structure responsible for providing financial management,
389 procurement, transactions involving real or personal property,
390 human resources, and operational support.
391 b. 2. Implementing an annual reconciliation process to
392 ensure that each customer entity is paying for the full direct
393 and indirect cost of each service as determined by the customer
394 entity’s use of each service.
395 c. 3. Providing rebates that may be credited against future
396 billings to customer entities when revenues exceed costs.
397 d. 4. Requiring customer entities to validate that
398 sufficient funds exist in the appropriate data processing
399 appropriation category or will be transferred into the
400 appropriate data processing appropriation category before
401 implementation of a customer entity’s request for a change in
402 the type or level of service provided, if such change results in
403 a net increase to the customer entity’s cost for that fiscal
405 e. 5. By November 15 of each year, providing to the Office
406 of Policy and Budget in the Executive Office of the Governor and
407 to the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees the
408 projected costs of providing data center services for the
409 following fiscal year.
410 f. 6. Providing a plan for consideration by the Legislative
411 Budget Commission if the cost of a service is increased for a
412 reason other than a customer entity’s request made pursuant to
413 sub-subparagraph d. subparagraph 4. Such a plan is required only
414 if the service cost increase results in a net increase to a
415 customer entity for that fiscal year.
416 g. 7. Standardizing and consolidating procurement and
417 contracting practices.
418 4. (d) In collaboration with the Department of Law
419 Enforcement, developing and implementing a process for
420 detecting, reporting, and responding to information technology
421 security incidents, breaches, and threats.
422 5. (e) Adopting rules relating to the operation of the state
423 data center, including, but not limited to, budgeting and
424 accounting procedures, cost-recovery methodologies, and
425 operating procedures.
426 (k) Conduct a market analysis not less frequently than
427 every 3 years beginning in 2021 to determine whether the
428 information technology resources within the enterprise are
429 utilized in the most cost-effective and cost-efficient manner,
430 while recognizing that the replacement of certain legacy
431 information technology systems within the enterprise may be cost
432 prohibitive or cost inefficient due to the remaining useful life
433 of those resources; whether the enterprise is complying with the
434 cloud-first policy specified in s. 282.206; and whether the
435 enterprise is utilizing best practices with respect to
436 information technology, information services, and the
437 acquisition of emerging technologies and information services.
438 Each market analysis shall be used to prepare a strategic plan
439 for continued and future information technology and information
440 services for the enterprise, including, but not limited to,
441 proposed acquisition of new services or technologies and
442 approaches to the implementation of any new services or
443 technologies. Copies of each market analysis and accompanying
444 strategic plan must be submitted to the Executive Office of the
445 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the
446 House of Representatives not later than December 31 of each year
447 that a market analysis is conducted.
448 (f) Conducting an annual market analysis to determine
449 whether the state’s approach to the provision of data center
450 services is the most effective and cost-efficient manner by
451 which its customer entities can acquire such services, based on
452 federal, state, and local government trends; best practices in
453 service provision; and the acquisition of new and emerging
454 technologies. The results of the market analysis shall assist
455 the state data center in making adjustments to its data center
456 service offerings.
457 (l) (11) Recommend other information technology services
458 that should be designed, delivered, and managed as enterprise
459 information technology services. Recommendations must include
460 the identification of existing information technology resources
461 associated with the services, if existing services must be
462 transferred as a result of being delivered and managed as
463 enterprise information technology services.
464 (m) (12) In consultation with state agencies, propose a
465 methodology and approach for identifying and collecting both
466 current and planned information technology expenditure data at
467 the state agency level.
468 (n)1. (13)(a) Notwithstanding any other law, provide project
469 oversight on any information technology project of the
470 Department of Financial Services, the Department of Legal
471 Affairs, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
472 which has a total project cost of $25 million or more and which
473 impacts one or more other agencies. Such information technology
474 projects must also comply with the applicable information
475 technology architecture, project management and oversight, and
476 reporting standards established by the department, acting
477 through the Florida Digital Service.
478 2. (b) When performing the project oversight function
479 specified in subparagraph 1. paragraph (a), report at least
480 quarterly to the Executive Office of the Governor, the President
481 of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives
482 on any information technology project that the department,
483 acting through the Florida Digital Service, identifies as high
484 risk due to the project exceeding acceptable variance ranges
485 defined and documented in the project plan. The report shall
486 include a risk assessment, including fiscal risks, associated
487 with proceeding to the next stage of the project and a
488 recommendation for corrective actions required, including
489 suspension or termination of the project.
490 (o) (14) If an information technology project implemented by
491 a state agency must be connected to or otherwise accommodated by
492 an information technology system administered by the Department
493 of Financial Services, the Department of Legal Affairs, or the
494 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, consult with
495 these departments regarding the risks and other effects of such
496 projects on their information technology systems and work
497 cooperatively with these departments regarding the connections,
498 interfaces, timing, or accommodations required to implement such
500 (p) (15) If adherence to standards or policies adopted by or
501 established pursuant to this section causes conflict with
502 federal regulations or requirements imposed on an entity within
503 the enterprise a state agency and results in adverse action
504 against an entity the state agency or federal funding, work with
505 the entity state agency to provide alternative standards,
506 policies, or requirements that do not conflict with the federal
507 regulation or requirement. The department, acting through the
508 Florida Digital Service, shall annually report such alternative
509 standards to the Executive Office of the Governor, the President
510 of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
511 (q)1. (16)(a) Establish an information technology policy for
512 all information technology-related state contracts, including
513 state term contracts for information technology commodities,
514 consultant services, and staff augmentation services. The
515 information technology policy must include:
516 a. 1. Identification of the information technology product
517 and service categories to be included in state term contracts.
518 b. 2. Requirements to be included in solicitations for state
519 term contracts.
520 c. 3. Evaluation criteria for the award of information
521 technology-related state term contracts.
522 d. 4. The term of each information technology-related state
523 term contract.
524 e. 5. The maximum number of vendors authorized on each state
525 term contract.
526 2. (b) Evaluate vendor responses for information technology
527 related state term contract solicitations and invitations to
529 3. (c) Answer vendor questions on information technology
530 related state term contract solicitations.
531 4. (d) Ensure that the information technology policy
532 established pursuant to subparagraph 1. paragraph (a) is
533 included in all solicitations and contracts that are
534 administratively executed by the department.
535 (r) (17) Recommend potential methods for standardizing data
536 across state agencies which will promote interoperability and
537 reduce the collection of duplicative data.
538 (s) (18) Recommend open data technical standards and
539 terminologies for use by the enterprise state agencies.
540 (t) Ensure that enterprise information technology solutions
541 are capable of utilizing an electronic credential and comply
542 with the enterprise architecture standards.
543 (2)(a) The Secretary of Management Services shall designate
544 a state chief information officer, who shall administer the
545 Florida Digital Service. The state chief information officer,
546 prior to appointment, must have at least 5 years of experience
547 in the development of information system strategic planning and
548 development or information technology policy, and, preferably,
549 have leadership-level experience in the design, development, and
550 deployment of interoperable software and data solutions.
551 (b) The state chief information officer, in consultation
552 with the Secretary of Management Services, shall designate a
553 state chief data officer. The chief data officer must be a
554 proven and effective administrator who must have significant and
555 substantive experience in data management, data governance,
556 interoperability, and security.
557 (3) The department, acting through the Florida Digital
558 Service and from funds appropriated to the Florida Digital
559 Service, shall:
560 (a) Create, not later than October 1, 2021, and maintain a
561 comprehensive indexed data catalog in collaboration with the
562 enterprise that lists the data elements housed within the
563 enterprise and the legacy system or application in which these
564 data elements are located. The data catalog must, at a minimum,
565 specifically identify all data that is restricted from public
566 disclosure based on federal or state laws and regulations and
567 require that all such information be protected in accordance
568 with s. 282.318.
569 (b) Develop and publish, not later than October 1, 2021, in
570 collaboration with the enterprise, a data dictionary for each
571 agency that reflects the nomenclature in the comprehensive
572 indexed data catalog.
573 (c) Adopt, by rule, standards that support the creation and
574 deployment of an application programming interface to facilitate
575 integration throughout the enterprise.
576 (d) Adopt, by rule, standards necessary to facilitate a
577 secure ecosystem of data interoperability that is compliant with
578 the enterprise architecture.
579 (e) Adopt, by rule, standards that facilitate the
580 deployment of applications or solutions to the existing
581 enterprise system in a controlled and phased approach.
582 (f) After submission of documented use cases developed in
583 conjunction with the affected agencies, assist the affected
584 agencies with the deployment, contingent upon a specific
585 appropriation therefor, of new interoperable applications and
587 1. For the Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care
588 Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the
589 Department of Education, the Department of Elderly Affairs, and
590 the Department of Children and Families.
591 2. To support military members, veterans, and their
593 (4) Upon the adoption of the enterprise architecture
594 standards in rule, the department, acting through the Florida
595 Digital Service, may develop a process to:
596 (a) Receive written notice from the entities within the
597 enterprise of any planned procurement of an information
598 technology project that is subject to enterprise architecture
600 (b) Participate in the development of specifications and
601 recommend modifications to any planned procurement by state
602 agencies so that the procurement complies with the enterprise
604 (5) The department, acting through the Florida Digital
605 Service, may not retrieve or disclose any data without a shared
606 data agreement in place between the department and the
607 enterprise entity that has primary custodial responsibility of,
608 or data-sharing responsibility for, that data.
609 (6) The department, acting through the Florida Digital
610 Service, shall adopt rules to administer this section.
611 (19) Adopt rules to administer this section.
612 Section 5. Section 282.00515, Florida Statutes, is amended
613 to read:
614 282.00515 Duties of Cabinet agencies.—
615 (1) The Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of
616 Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and
617 Consumer Services shall adopt the standards established in s.
618 282.0051(1)(b), (c), and (s) and (3)(e) s. 282.0051(2), (3), and
619 (7) or adopt alternative standards based on best practices and
620 industry standards that allow for open data interoperability.
621 (2) If the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of
622 Financial Services, or the Department of Agriculture and
623 Consumer Services adopts alternative standards in lieu of the
624 enterprise architecture standards adopted pursuant to s.
625 282.0051, such department must notify the Governor, the
626 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
627 Representatives in writing of the adoption of the alternative
628 standards and provide a justification for adoption of the
629 alternative standards and explain how the agency will achieve
630 open data interoperability.
631 (3) The Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of
632 Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and
633 Consumer Services , and may contract with the department to
634 provide or perform any of the services and functions described
635 in s. 282.0051 for the Department of Legal Affairs, the
636 Department of Financial Services, or the Department of
637 Agriculture and Consumer Services.
638 (4)(a) Nothing in this section or in s. 282.0051 requires
639 the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of Financial
640 Services, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
641 to integrate with information technology outside its own
642 department or with the Florida Digital Service.
643 (b) The department, acting through the Florida Digital
644 Service, may not retrieve or disclose any data without a shared
645 data agreement in place between the department and the
646 Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of Financial
647 Services, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer
649 Section 6. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3), paragraphs (d),
650 (e), (g), and (j) of subsection (4), and subsection (5) of
651 section 282.318, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
652 282.318 Security of data and information technology.—
653 (3) The department is responsible for establishing
654 standards and processes consistent with generally accepted best
655 practices for information technology security, to include
656 cybersecurity, and adopting rules that safeguard an agency’s
657 data, information, and information technology resources to
658 ensure availability, confidentiality, and integrity and to
659 mitigate risks. The department shall also:
660 (a) Designate an employee of the Florida Digital Service as
661 the a state chief information security officer. The state chief
662 information security officer who must have experience and
663 expertise in security and risk management for communications and
664 information technology resources.
665 (4) Each state agency head shall, at a minimum:
666 (d) Conduct, and update every 3 years, a comprehensive risk
667 assessment, which may be completed by a private sector vendor,
668 to determine the security threats to the data, information, and
669 information technology resources, including mobile devices and
670 print environments, of the agency. The risk assessment must
671 comply with the risk assessment methodology developed by the
672 department and is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1),
673 except that such information shall be available to the Auditor
674 General, the Florida Digital Service Division of State
675 Technology within the department, the Cybercrime Office of the
676 Department of Law Enforcement, and, for state agencies under the
677 jurisdiction of the Governor, the Chief Inspector General.
678 (e) Develop, and periodically update, written internal
679 policies and procedures, which include procedures for reporting
680 information technology security incidents and breaches to the
681 Cybercrime Office of the Department of Law Enforcement and the
682 Florida Digital Service Division of State Technology within the
683 department. Such policies and procedures must be consistent with
684 the rules, guidelines, and processes established by the
685 department to ensure the security of the data, information, and
686 information technology resources of the agency. The internal
687 policies and procedures that, if disclosed, could facilitate the
688 unauthorized modification, disclosure, or destruction of data or
689 information technology resources are confidential information
690 and exempt from s. 119.07(1), except that such information shall
691 be available to the Auditor General, the Cybercrime Office of
692 the Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Digital Service
693 Division of State Technology within the department, and, for
694 state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor, the Chief
695 Inspector General.
696 (g) Ensure that periodic internal audits and evaluations of
697 the agency’s information technology security program for the
698 data, information, and information technology resources of the
699 agency are conducted. The results of such audits and evaluations
700 are confidential information and exempt from s. 119.07(1),
701 except that such information shall be available to the Auditor
702 General, the Cybercrime Office of the Department of Law
703 Enforcement, the Florida Digital Service Division of State
704 Technology within the department, and, for agencies under the
705 jurisdiction of the Governor, the Chief Inspector General.
706 (j) Develop a process for detecting, reporting, and
707 responding to threats, breaches, or information technology
708 security incidents which is consistent with the security rules,
709 guidelines, and processes established by the department Agency
710 for State Technology.
711 1. All information technology security incidents and
712 breaches must be reported to the Florida Digital Service
713 Division of State Technology within the department and the
714 Cybercrime Office of the Department of Law Enforcement and must
715 comply with the notification procedures and reporting timeframes
716 established pursuant to paragraph (3)(c).
717 2. For information technology security breaches, state
718 agencies shall provide notice in accordance with s. 501.171.
719 3. Records held by a state agency which identify detection,
720 investigation, or response practices for suspected or confirmed
721 information technology security incidents, including suspected
722 or confirmed breaches, are confidential and exempt from s.
723 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution, if the
724 disclosure of such records would facilitate unauthorized access
725 to or the unauthorized modification, disclosure, or destruction
727 a. Data or information, whether physical or virtual; or
728 b. Information technology resources, which includes:
729 (I) Information relating to the security of the agency’s
730 technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect
731 networks, computers, data processing software, and data from
732 attack, damage, or unauthorized access; or
733 (II) Security information, whether physical or virtual,
734 which relates to the agency’s existing or proposed information
735 technology systems.
737 Such records shall be available to the Auditor General, the
738 Florida Digital Service Division of State Technology within the
739 department, the Cybercrime Office of the Department of Law
740 Enforcement, and, for state agencies under the jurisdiction of
741 the Governor, the Chief Inspector General. Such records may be
742 made available to a local government, another state agency, or a
743 federal agency for information technology security purposes or
744 in furtherance of the state agency’s official duties. This
745 exemption applies to such records held by a state agency before,
746 on, or after the effective date of this exemption. This
747 subparagraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act
748 in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October
749 2, 2021, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through
750 reenactment by the Legislature.
751 (5) The portions of risk assessments, evaluations, external
752 audits, and other reports of a state agency’s information
753 technology security program for the data, information, and
754 information technology resources of the state agency which are
755 held by a state agency are confidential and exempt from s.
756 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution if the
757 disclosure of such portions of records would facilitate
758 unauthorized access to or the unauthorized modification,
759 disclosure, or destruction of:
760 (a) Data or information, whether physical or virtual; or
761 (b) Information technology resources, which include:
762 1. Information relating to the security of the agency’s
763 technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect
764 networks, computers, data processing software, and data from
765 attack, damage, or unauthorized access; or
766 2. Security information, whether physical or virtual, which
767 relates to the agency’s existing or proposed information
768 technology systems.
770 Such portions of records shall be available to the Auditor
771 General, the Cybercrime Office of the Department of Law
772 Enforcement, the Florida Digital Service Division of State
773 Technology within the department, and, for agencies under the
774 jurisdiction of the Governor, the Chief Inspector General. Such
775 portions of records may be made available to a local government,
776 another state agency, or a federal agency for information
777 technology security purposes or in furtherance of the state
778 agency’s official duties. For purposes of this subsection,
779 “external audit” means an audit that is conducted by an entity
780 other than the state agency that is the subject of the audit.
781 This exemption applies to such records held by a state agency
782 before, on, or after the effective date of this exemption. This
783 subsection is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act
784 in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October
785 2, 2021, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through
786 reenactment by the Legislature.
787 Section 7. Subsection (4) of section 287.0591, Florida
788 Statutes, is amended to read:
789 287.0591 Information technology.—
790 (4) If the department issues a competitive solicitation for
791 information technology commodities, consultant services, or
792 staff augmentation contractual services, the Florida Digital
793 Service Division of State Technology within the department shall
794 participate in such solicitations.
795 Section 8. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section
796 365.171, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
797 365.171 Emergency communications number E911 state plan.—
798 (3) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
799 (a) “Office” means the Division of Telecommunications State
800 Technology within the Department of Management Services, as
801 designated by the secretary of the department.
802 Section 9. Paragraph (s) of subsection (3) of section
803 365.172, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
804 365.172 Emergency communications number “E911.”—
805 (3) DEFINITIONS.—Only as used in this section and ss.
806 365.171, 365.173, 365.174, and 365.177, the term:
807 (s) “Office” means the Division of Telecommunications State
808 Technology within the Department of Management Services, as
809 designated by the secretary of the department.
810 Section 10. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
811 365.173, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
812 365.173 Communications Number E911 System Fund.—
813 (1) REVENUES.—
814 (a) Revenues derived from the fee levied on subscribers
815 under s. 365.172(8) must be paid by the board into the State
816 Treasury on or before the 15th day of each month. Such moneys
817 must be accounted for in a special fund to be designated as the
818 Emergency Communications Number E911 System Fund, a fund created
819 in the Division of Telecommunications State Technology, or other
820 office as designated by the Secretary of Management Services.
821 Section 11. Subsection (5) of section 943.0415, Florida
822 Statutes, is amended to read:
823 943.0415 Cybercrime Office.—There is created within the
824 Department of Law Enforcement the Cybercrime Office. The office
826 (5) Consult with the Florida Digital Service Division of
827 State Technology within the Department of Management Services in
828 the adoption of rules relating to the information technology
829 security provisions in s. 282.318.
830 Section 12. Effective January 1, 2021, section 559.952,
831 Florida Statutes, is created to read:
832 559.952 Financial Technology Sandbox.—
833 (1) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the
834 “Financial Technology Sandbox.”
835 (2) CREATION OF THE FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY SANDBOX.—There is
836 created the Financial Technology Sandbox within the Office of
837 Financial Regulation to allow financial technology innovators to
838 test new products and services in a supervised, flexible
839 regulatory sandbox using exceptions to specified general law and
840 waivers of the corresponding rule requirements under defined
841 conditions. The creation of a supervised, flexible regulatory
842 sandbox provides a welcoming business environment for technology
843 innovators and may lead to significant business growth.
844 (3) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term:
845 (a) “Business entity” means a domestic corporation or other
846 organized domestic entity with a physical presence, other than
847 that of a registered office or agent or virtual mailbox, in this
849 (b) “Commission” means the Financial Services Commission.
850 (c) “Consumer” means a person in this state, whether a
851 natural person or a business organization, who purchases, uses,
852 receives, or enters into an agreement to purchase, use, or
853 receive an innovative financial product or service made
854 available through the Financial Technology Sandbox.
855 (d) “Control person” means an individual, a partnership, a
856 corporation, a trust, or other organization that possesses the
857 power, directly or indirectly, to direct the management or
858 policies of a company, whether through ownership of securities,
859 by contract, or through other means. A person is presumed to
860 control a company if, with respect to a particular company, that
862 1. Is a director, a general partner, or an officer
863 exercising executive responsibility or having similar status or
865 2. Directly or indirectly may vote 10 percent or more of a
866 class of a voting security or sell or direct the sale of 10
867 percent or more of a class of voting securities; or
868 3. In the case of a partnership, may receive upon
869 dissolution or has contributed 10 percent or more of the
871 (e) “Corresponding rule requirements” means the commission
872 rules, or portions thereof, which implement the general laws
873 enumerated in paragraph (4)(a).
874 (f) “Financial product or service” means a product or
875 service related to a consumer finance loan, as defined in s.
876 516.01, or a money transmitter or payment instrument seller, as
877 those terms are defined in s. 560.103, including mediums of
878 exchange that are in electronic or digital form, which is
879 subject to the general laws enumerated in paragraph (4)(a) and
880 corresponding rule requirements and which is under the
881 jurisdiction of the office.
882 (g) “Financial Technology Sandbox” means the program
883 created by this section which allows a licensee to make an
884 innovative financial product or service available to consumers
885 during a sandbox period through exceptions to general laws and
886 waivers of corresponding rule requirements.
887 (h) “Innovative” means new or emerging technology, or new
888 uses of existing technology, which provide a product, service,
889 business model, or delivery mechanism to the public and which
890 are not known to have a comparable offering in this state
891 outside the Financial Technology Sandbox.
892 (i) “Licensee” means a business entity that has been
893 approved by the office to participate in the Financial
894 Technology Sandbox.
895 (j) “Office” means, unless the context clearly indicates
896 otherwise, the Office of Financial Regulation.
897 (k) “Sandbox period” means the initial 24-month period in
898 which the office has authorized a licensee to make an innovative
899 financial product or service available to consumers, and any
900 extension granted pursuant to subsection (7).
901 (4) EXCEPTIONS TO GENERAL LAW AND WAIVERS OF RULE
903 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, upon approval of a
904 Financial Technology Sandbox application, the following
905 provisions and corresponding rule requirements are not
906 applicable to the licensee during the sandbox period:
907 1. Section 516.03(1), except for the application fee, the
908 investigation fee, the requirement to provide the social
909 security numbers of control persons, evidence of liquid assets
910 of at least $25,000, and the office’s authority to investigate
911 the applicant’s background. The office may prorate the license
912 renewal fee for an extension granted under subsection (7).
913 2. Section 516.05(1) and (2), except that the office shall
914 investigate the applicant’s background.
915 3. Section 560.109, only to the extent that the section
916 requires the office to examine a licensee at least once every 5
918 4. Section 560.118(2).
919 5. Section 560.125(1), only to the extent that subsection
920 would prohibit a licensee from engaging in the business of a
921 money transmitter or payment instrument seller during the
922 sandbox period.
923 6. Section 560.125(2), only to the extent that subsection
924 would prohibit a licensee from appointing an authorized vendor
925 during the sandbox period. Any authorized vendor of such a
926 licensee during the sandbox period remains liable to the holder
927 or remitter.
928 7. Section 560.128.
929 8. Section 560.141, except for s. 560.141(1)(a)1., 3., 7.
930 10. and (b), (c), and (d).
931 9. Section 560.142(1) and (2), except that the office may
932 prorate, but may not entirely eliminate, the license renewal
933 fees in s. 560.143 for an extension granted under subsection
935 10. Section 560.143(2), only to the extent necessary for
936 proration of the renewal fee under subparagraph 9.
937 11. Section 560.204(1), only to the extent that subsection
938 would prohibit a licensee from engaging in, or advertising that
939 it engages in, the selling or issuing of payment instruments or
940 in the activity of a money transmitter during the sandbox
942 12. Section 560.205(2).
943 13. Section 560.208(2).
944 14. Section 560.209, only to the extent that the office may
945 modify, but may not entirely eliminate, the net worth, corporate
946 surety bond, and collateral deposit amounts required under that
947 section. The modified amounts must be in such lower amounts that
948 the office determines to be commensurate with the factors under
949 paragraph (5)(c) and the maximum number of consumers authorized
950 to receive the financial product or service under this section.
951 (b) The office may approve a Financial Technology Sandbox
952 application if one or more of the general laws enumerated in
953 paragraph (a) currently prevent the innovative financial product
954 or service from being made available to consumers and if all
955 other requirements of this section are met.
956 (c) A licensee may conduct business through electronic
957 means, including through the Internet or a software application.
958 (5) FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY SANDBOX APPLICATION; STANDARDS FOR
960 (a) Before filing an application for licensure under this
961 section, a substantially affected person may seek a declaratory
962 statement pursuant to s. 120.565 regarding the applicability of
963 a statute, a rule, or an agency order to the petitioner’s
964 particular set of circumstances or a variance or waiver of a
965 rule pursuant to s. 120.542.
966 (b) Before making an innovative financial product or
967 service available to consumers in the Financial Technology
968 Sandbox, a business entity must file with the office an
969 application for licensure under the Financial Technology
970 Sandbox. The commission shall, by rule, prescribe the form and
971 manner of the application and how the office will evaluate and
972 apply each of the factors specified in paragraph (c).
973 1. The application must specify each general law enumerated
974 in paragraph (4)(a) which currently prevents the innovative
975 financial product or service from being made available to
976 consumers and the reasons why those provisions of general law
977 prevent the innovative financial product or service from being
978 made available to consumers.
979 2. The application must contain sufficient information for
980 the office to evaluate the factors specified in paragraph (c).
981 3. An application submitted on behalf of a business entity
982 must include evidence that the business entity has authorized
983 the person to submit the application on behalf of the business
984 entity intending to make an innovative financial product or
985 service available to consumers.
986 4. The application must specify the maximum number of
987 consumers, which may not exceed the number of consumers
988 specified in paragraph (f), to whom the applicant proposes to
989 provide the innovative financial product or service.
990 5. The application must include a proposed draft of the
991 statement or statements meeting the requirements of paragraph
992 (6)(b) which the applicant proposes to provide to consumers.
993 (c) The office shall approve or deny in writing a Financial
994 Technology Sandbox application within 60 days after receiving
995 the completed application. The office and the applicant may
996 jointly agree to extend the time beyond 60 days. Consistent with
997 this section, the office may impose conditions on any approval.
998 In deciding whether to approve or deny an application for
999 licensure, the office must consider each of the following:
1000 1. The nature of the innovative financial product or
1001 service proposed to be made available to consumers in the
1002 Financial Technology Sandbox, including all relevant technical
1004 2. The potential risk to consumers and the methods that
1005 will be used to protect consumers and resolve complaints during
1006 the sandbox period.
1007 3. The business plan proposed by the applicant, including
1008 company information, market analysis, and financial projections
1009 or pro forma financial statements, and evidence of the financial
1010 viability of the applicant.
1011 4. Whether the applicant has the necessary personnel,
1012 adequate financial and technical expertise, and a sufficient
1013 plan to test, monitor, and assess the innovative financial
1014 product or service.
1015 5. Whether any control person of the applicant, regardless
1016 of adjudication, has pled no contest to, has been convicted or
1017 found guilty of, or is currently under investigation for fraud,
1018 a state or federal securities violation, a property-based
1019 offense, or a crime involving moral turpitude or dishonest
1020 dealing, in which case the application to the Financial
1021 Technology Sandbox must be denied.
1022 6. A copy of the disclosures that will be provided to
1023 consumers under paragraph (6)(b).
1024 7. The financial responsibility of the applicant and any
1025 control person, including whether the applicant or any control
1026 person has a history of unpaid liens, unpaid judgments, or other
1027 general history of nonpayment of legal debts, including, but not
1028 limited to, having been the subject of a petition for bankruptcy
1029 under the United States Bankruptcy Code within the past 7
1030 calendar years.
1031 8. Any other factor that the office determines to be
1033 (d) The office may not approve an application if:
1034 1. The applicant had a prior Financial Technology Sandbox
1035 application that was approved and that related to a
1036 substantially similar financial product or service;
1037 2. Any control person of the applicant was substantially
1038 involved in the development, operation, or management with
1039 another Financial Technology Sandbox applicant whose application
1040 was approved and whose application related to a substantially
1041 similar financial product or service; or
1042 3. The applicant or any control person has failed to
1043 affirmatively demonstrate financial responsibility.
1044 (e) Upon approval of an application, the office shall
1045 notify the licensee that the licensee is exempt from the
1046 provisions of general law enumerated in paragraph (4)(a) and the
1047 corresponding rule requirements during the sandbox period. The
1048 office shall post on its website notice of the approval of the
1049 application, a summary of the innovative financial product or
1050 service, and the contact information of the licensee.
1051 (f) The office, on a case-by-case basis, shall specify the
1052 maximum number of consumers authorized to receive an innovative
1053 financial product or service, after consultation with the
1054 Financial Technology Sandbox applicant. The office may not
1055 authorize more than 15,000 consumers to receive the financial
1056 product or service until the licensee has filed the first report
1057 required under subsection (8). After the filing of that report,
1058 if the licensee demonstrates adequate financial capitalization,
1059 risk management processes, and management oversight, the office
1060 may authorize up to 25,000 consumers to receive the financial
1061 product or service.
1062 (g) A licensee has a continuing obligation to promptly
1063 inform the office of any material change to the information
1064 provided under paragraph (b).
1065 (6) OPERATION OF THE FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY SANDBOX.—
1066 (a) A licensee may make an innovative financial product or
1067 service available to consumers during the sandbox period.
1068 (b)1. Before a consumer purchases, uses, receives, or
1069 enters into an agreement to purchase, use, or receive an
1070 innovative financial product or service through the Financial
1071 Technology Sandbox, the licensee must provide a written
1072 statement of all of the following to the consumer:
1073 a. The name and contact information of the licensee.
1074 b. That the financial product or service has been
1075 authorized to be made available to consumers for a temporary
1076 period by the office, under the laws of this state.
1077 c. That the state does not endorse the financial product or
1079 d. That the financial product or service is undergoing
1080 testing, may not function as intended, and may entail financial
1082 e. That the licensee is not immune from civil liability for
1083 any losses or damages caused by the financial product or
1085 f. The expected end date of the sandbox period.
1086 g. The contact information for the office and notification
1087 that suspected legal violations, complaints, or other comments
1088 related to the financial product or service may be submitted to
1089 the office.
1090 h. Any other statements or disclosures required by rule of
1091 the commission which are necessary to further the purposes of
1092 this section.
1093 2. The written statement under subparagraph 1. must contain
1094 an acknowledgment from the consumer, which must be retained for
1095 the duration of the sandbox period by the licensee.
1096 (c) The office may enter into an agreement with a state,
1097 federal, or foreign regulatory agency to allow licensees under
1098 the Financial Technology Sandbox to make their products or
1099 services available in other jurisdictions. The commission shall
1100 adopt rules to implement this paragraph.
1101 (d) The office may examine the records of a licensee at any
1102 time, with or without prior notice.
1103 (7) EXTENSIONS AND CONCLUSION OF SANDBOX PERIOD.—
1104 (a) A licensee may apply for one extension of the initial
1105 24-month sandbox period for 12 additional months for a purpose
1106 specified in subparagraph (b)1. or subparagraph (b)2. A complete
1107 application for an extension must be filed with the office at
1108 least 90 days before the conclusion of the initial sandbox
1109 period. The office shall approve or deny the application for
1110 extension in writing at least 35 days before the conclusion of
1111 the initial sandbox period. In determining whether to approve or
1112 deny an application for extension of the sandbox period, the
1113 office must, at a minimum, consider the current status of the
1114 factors previously considered under paragraph (5)(c).
1115 (b) An application for an extension under paragraph (a)
1116 must cite one of the following reasons as the basis for the
1117 application and must provide all relevant supporting
1119 1. Amendments to general law or rules are necessary to
1120 offer the innovative financial product or service in this state
1122 2. An application for a license that is required in order
1123 to offer the innovative financial product or service in this
1124 state permanently has been filed with the office and approval is
1126 (c) At least 30 days before the conclusion of the initial
1127 24-month sandbox period or the extension, whichever is later, a
1128 licensee shall provide written notification to consumers
1129 regarding the conclusion of the initial sandbox period or the
1130 extension and may not make the financial product or service
1131 available to any new consumers after the conclusion of the
1132 initial sandbox period or the extension, whichever is later,
1133 until legal authority outside of the Financial Technology
1134 Sandbox exists for the licensee to make the financial product or
1135 service available to consumers. After the conclusion of the
1136 sandbox period or the extension, whichever is later, the
1137 business entity formerly licensed under the Financial Technology
1138 Sandbox may:
1139 1. Collect and receive money owed to the business entity or
1140 pay money owed by the business entity, based on agreements with
1141 consumers made before the conclusion of the sandbox period or
1142 the extension.
1143 2. Take necessary legal action.
1144 3. Take other actions authorized by commission rule which
1145 are not inconsistent with this section.
1146 (8) REPORT.—A licensee shall submit a report to the office
1147 twice a year as prescribed by commission rule. The report must,
1148 at a minimum, include financial reports and the number of
1149 consumers who have received the financial product or service.
1150 (9) CONSTRUCTION.—A business entity whose Financial
1151 Technology Sandbox application is approved under this section:
1152 (a) Is licensed under chapter 516, chapter 560, or both
1153 chapters 516 and 560, as applicable to the business entity’s
1155 (b) Is subject to any provision of chapter 516 or chapter
1156 560 not specifically excepted under paragraph (4)(a), as
1157 applicable to the business entity’s activities, and must comply
1158 with such provisions.
1159 (c) May not engage in activities authorized under part III
1160 of chapter 560, notwithstanding s. 560.204(2).
1161 (10) VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES.—
1162 (a) A licensee who makes an innovative financial product or
1163 service available to consumers in the Financial Technology
1164 Sandbox remains subject to:
1165 1. Civil damages for acts and omissions arising from or
1166 related to any innovative financial product or services provided
1167 or made available by the licensee or relating to this section.
1168 2. All criminal and consumer protection laws and any other
1169 statute not specifically excepted under paragraph (4)(a).
1170 (b)1. The office may, by order, revoke or suspend a
1171 licensee’s approval to participate in the Financial Technology
1172 Sandbox if:
1173 a. The licensee has violated or refused to comply with this
1174 section, any statute not specifically excepted under paragraph
1175 (4)(a), a rule of the commission that has not been waived, an
1176 order of the office, or a condition placed by the office on the
1177 approval of the licensee’s Financial Technology Sandbox
1179 b. A fact or condition exists that, if it had existed or
1180 become known at the time that the Financial Technology Sandbox
1181 application was pending, would have warranted denial of the
1182 application or the imposition of material conditions;
1183 c. A material error, false statement, misrepresentation, or
1184 material omission was made in the Financial Technology Sandbox
1185 application; or
1186 d. After consultation with the licensee, the office
1187 determines that continued testing of the innovative financial
1188 product or service would:
1189 (I) Be likely to harm consumers; or
1190 (II) No longer serve the purposes of this section because
1191 of the financial or operational failure of the financial product
1192 or service.
1193 2. Written notice of a revocation or suspension order made
1194 under subparagraph 1. must be served using any means authorized
1195 by law. If the notice relates to a suspension, the notice must
1196 include any condition or remedial action that the licensee must
1197 complete before the office lifts the suspension.
1198 (c) The office may refer any suspected violation of law to
1199 an appropriate state or federal agency for investigation,
1200 prosecution, civil penalties, and other appropriate enforcement
1202 (d) If service of process on a licensee is not feasible,
1203 service on the office is deemed service on the licensee.
1204 (11) RULES AND ORDERS.—
1205 (a) The commission shall adopt rules to administer this
1206 section before approving any application under this section.
1207 (b) The office may issue all necessary orders to enforce
1208 this section and may enforce these orders in accordance with
1209 chapter 120 or in any court of competent jurisdiction. These
1210 orders include, but are not limited to, orders for payment of
1211 restitution for harm suffered by consumers as a result of an
1212 innovative financial product or service.
1213 Section 13. For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the sum of
1214 $50,000 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the
1215 Administrative Trust Fund to the Office of Financial Regulation
1216 to implement s. 559.952, Florida Statutes, as created by this
1218 Section 14. The creation of s. 559.952, Florida Statutes,
1219 and the appropriation to implement s. 559.952, Florida Statutes,
1220 by this act shall take effect only if SB 1872 or similar
1221 legislation takes effect and if such legislation is adopted in
1222 the same legislative session or an extension thereof and becomes
1223 a law.
1224 Section 15. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
1225 act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2020.