Florida Senate - 2021                                     SB 180
       By Senator Berman
       31-00318A-21                                           2021180__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Office of Diversity, Equity,
    3         and Inclusion; creating s. 14.2031, F.S.; establishing
    4         the office within the Executive Office of the
    5         Governor; providing for the appointment of a Chief
    6         Diversity Officer; prescribing minimum qualifications
    7         for a Chief Diversity Officer; assigning duties and
    8         responsibilities of the Chief Diversity Officer;
    9         providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Section 14.2031, Florida Statutes, is created to
   14  read:
   15         14.2031 Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.—
   16         (1) The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is
   17  established within the Executive Office of the Governor. The
   18  office shall be headed by a Chief Diversity Officer, who shall
   19  be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. At
   20  the time of appointment, the Chief Diversity Officer must have
   21  at least a master’s degree with a concentration in human
   22  resource management, social justice, postsecondary education,
   23  sociology, social anthropology, public administration, or any
   24  other related field and 3 years of professional experience
   25  involving the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in
   26  the private or public sectors. Staff assigned to the Office of
   27  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion shall assist the Chief
   28  Diversity Officer in carrying out the duties and
   29  responsibilities prescribed in this section.
   30         (2) The Chief Diversity Officer shall:
   31         (a) Advise the Governor on matters relating to existing
   32  inequities among racial and ethnic minority groups and women in
   33  the state’s workforce and access to health care and educational
   34  opportunities, and assist in the formulation of policies and
   35  recommend any legislation to further advance diversity and
   36  ensure equitable access to opportunity and prosperity.
   37         (b) Collaborate with state agencies to ensure diversity,
   38  equity, and inclusion within the areas of employee engagement,
   39  hiring and retention practices, and the implementation of a
   40  diversity strategic plan.
   41         (c) Engage with diverse stakeholders around the state to
   42  seek input in the development of policies to facilitate greater
   43  diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
   44         (d) Coordinate with the Attorney General to review the Laws
   45  of Florida and the Florida Statutes to identify existing laws
   46  that were intended to promote or enable racial discrimination or
   47  inequity, or that include racist language, and make
   48  recommendations for repeal of any such laws to the Legislature.
   49         (e) Contract with a third-party organization to conduct
   50  implicit bias training for employees of state agencies.
   51         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.