Florida Senate - 2020                                     SB 364
       By Senator Rader
       29-00639-20                                            2020364__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Independent Living Task Force;
    3         creating s. 420.5075, F.S.; establishing the
    4         Independent Living Task Force within the Florida
    5         Housing Finance Corporation for certain purposes;
    6         requiring the corporation to use existing and
    7         available resources to administer and support the
    8         activities of the task force; providing for duties,
    9         membership, and meetings of the task force; requiring
   10         the members of the task force to serve without
   11         compensation; requiring the task force to submit a
   12         report to the Governor and the Legislature by a
   13         specified date; providing for expiration of specified
   14         provisions on, and the dissolution of the task force
   15         by, a specified date; providing an effective date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Section 420.5075, Florida Statutes, is created
   20  to read:
   21         420.5075Independent Living Task Force.—
   22         (1)The Independent Living Task Force, a task force as
   23  defined in s. 20.03(8), is established within the Florida
   24  Housing Finance Corporation for administrative purposes only.
   25  The corporation shall use existing and available resources to
   26  administer and support the activities of the task force under
   27  this section.
   28         (2)The task force shall develop and evaluate policy
   29  proposals that incentivize building contractors and developers
   30  to create units within mixed-use developments that may be used
   31  as low-cost, supportive, and affordable housing for individuals
   32  who are in need of such housing and who have a developmental
   33  disability, as defined in s. 393.063, or a mental illness, as
   34  defined in s. 394.455.
   35         (3)The task force shall consist of the following members:
   36         (a)The executive director of the Florida Housing Finance
   37  Corporation or his or her designee, who shall serve as chair of
   38  the task force.
   39         (b)The director of the Agency for Persons with
   40  Disabilities or his or her designee.
   41         (c)The Secretary of Children and Families or his or her
   42  designee.
   43         (d)The executive director of the Department of Economic
   44  Opportunity or his or her designee.
   45         (e)The Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation
   46  or his or her designee.
   47         (f)The executive director of the Commission for the
   48  Transportation Disadvantaged or his or her designee.
   49         (g)An individual appointed by the Governor.
   50         (h)The following members appointed by the executive
   51  director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation:
   52         1.A representative from the Florida Supportive Housing
   53  Coalition.
   54         2.A representative from the Florida Housing Coalition.
   55         3.A representative from the Florida Independent Living
   56  Council.
   57         4.A representative from the ARC of Florida.
   58         5.A representative from the National Alliance on Mental
   59  Illness-Florida.
   60         6.A representative from the Florida League of Cities.
   61         7.A representative from the Florida Association of
   62  Counties.
   63         8.A representative from the Association of Florida
   64  Community Developers.
   65         9.A representative from the Associated Builders and
   66  Contractors of Florida.
   67         10.A representative from the Florida Association of
   68  Rehabilitation Facilities.
   69         11.A representative from the Florida Developmental
   70  Disabilities Council.
   71         12.A representative from the banking industry who finances
   72  mixed-used developments.
   73         13.A representative from the Coalition of Affordable
   74  Housing Providers.
   75         14.A representative from the Commercial Real Estate
   76  Development Association.
   77         15. A representative from the Florida Assisted Living
   78  Association.
   79         16.An attorney who is a member in good standing of the
   80  Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar.
   81         (4)Members of the task force shall serve without
   82  compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for per diem
   83  or travel expenses. The task force shall convene its first
   84  meeting by June 1, 2020, and shall meet as often as necessary to
   85  fulfill its responsibilities under this section. Meetings may be
   86  conducted in person, by teleconference, or by other electronic
   87  means.
   88         (5)In consultation with the applicable local and state
   89  governmental entities, the task force shall:
   90         (a)Identify potential barriers and opportunities in
   91  existing policies, rules, or laws to incentivize building
   92  contractors and developers to create low-cost, supportive, and
   93  affordable housing units for individuals with developmental
   94  disabilities or mental illness within mixed-use developments.
   95         (b)Recommend modifications to existing policies, rules, or
   96  laws or propose new policies, rules, or laws, such as allowing
   97  greater density, which would allow for the creation of low-cost,
   98  supportive, and affordable housing units for individuals with
   99  developmental disabilities or mental illness within mixed-use
  100  developments.
  101         (c)Recommend financial and regulatory incentives to
  102  encourage building contractors and developers to create low
  103  cost, supportive, and affordable housing units for individuals
  104  with developmental disabilities or mental illness within mixed
  105  use developments.
  106         (d)Propose funding mechanisms for the development and
  107  maintenance of spaces for low-cost, supportive, and affordable
  108  housing units for individuals with developmental disabilities or
  109  mental illness within mixed-use developments.
  110         (6)The task force shall submit a report by December 1,
  111  2020, to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
  112  Speaker of the House of Representatives which includes its
  113  findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  114         (7)This section expires on, and the task force must
  115  dissolve on or before, January 1, 2021.
  116         Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.