Florida Senate - 2021                                     SB 514
       By Senator Rodrigues
       27-00366-21                                            2021514__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to resiliency; creating s. 14.2031,
    3         F.S.; establishing the Statewide Office of Resiliency
    4         within the Executive Office of the Governor; providing
    5         for appointment of the Chief Resilience Officer by the
    6         Governor; creating the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task
    7         Force adjunct to the office; specifying the purpose of
    8         the task force; providing for the membership of the
    9         task force; providing timeframes for initial
   10         appointments and the task force’s initial meeting;
   11         specifying duties of the task force; authorizing the
   12         Department of Environmental Protection to contract for
   13         specified services, upon request of the task force;
   14         requiring the Department of Environmental Protection
   15         to serve as the task force’s contract administrator
   16         and to provide administrative support; authorizing the
   17         designation of technical advisory groups for specified
   18         purposes; prescribing reporting requirements;
   19         requiring the Environmental Regulation Commission to
   20         take certain action on the task force’s
   21         recommendations; specifying the function of the
   22         consensus baseline projections; providing for future
   23         repeal of the task force; providing an appropriation;
   24         providing an effective date.
   26  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   28         Section 1. Section 14.2031, Florida Statutes, is created to
   29  read:
   30         14.2031Statewide Office of Resiliency.—The Statewide
   31  Office of Resiliency is established within the Executive Office
   32  of the Governor. The office shall be headed by a Chief
   33  Resilience Officer, who is appointed by and serves at the
   34  pleasure of the Governor. The Chief Resilience Officer shall
   35  perform duties and responsibilities assigned by the Governor.
   36         (1) The Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force, a task force
   37  as defined in s. 20.03(8), is created adjunct to the Statewide
   38  Office of Resiliency. Except as otherwise provided in this
   39  section, the task force shall operate in a manner consistent
   40  with s. 20.052. The purpose of the task force is to recommend
   41  consensus projections of the anticipated sea-level rise and
   42  flooding impacts along this state’s coastline.
   43         (2) The task force is composed of the following members:
   44         (a) The Chief Resilience Officer, who shall serve as chair.
   45         (b) The Chief Science Officer of the Department of
   46  Environmental Protection, who shall serve as vice chair.
   47         (c) One member appointed by the President of the Senate.
   48         (d) One member appointed by the Speaker of the House of
   49  Representatives.
   50         (e) One representative each from the Department of
   51  Transportation, the Division of Emergency Management, the
   52  Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Fish and
   53  Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Department of Economic
   54  Opportunity, each appointed by his or her respective agency
   55  head, division director, executive director, or commission
   56  chair.
   58  All appointments to the task force must be made no later than
   59  August 1, 2021. Any vacancy on the task force shall be filled in
   60  the same manner as the original appointment.
   61         (3) The Chief Resilience Officer shall convene the task
   62  force by no later than October 1, 2021. The task force shall
   63  meet thereafter upon the call of the chair.
   64         (4)(a) The task force shall develop official scientific
   65  information, from appropriate sources as determined by the task
   66  force, necessary to make recommendations on consensus baseline
   67  projections, or a range of projections, of the expected rise in
   68  sea level along the state’s coastline for planning horizons
   69  designated by the task force. The projections may address
   70  various geographic areas of the state, as determined by the task
   71  force.
   72         (b) The task force may request the Department of
   73  Environmental Protection to contract for services to assist the
   74  task force in developing the recommended official baseline
   75  projections. The Department of Environmental Protection shall
   76  serve as the contract administrator for any such contracts.
   77         (c) The Department of Environmental Protection shall
   78  provide administrative support to the task force.
   79         (d) The task force may designate technical advisory groups,
   80  as it deems necessary, to assist in the gathering of scientific
   81  data to inform the task force’s decisionmaking.
   82         (5) By January 1, 2022, the task force shall submit its
   83  recommended consensus baseline projections to the Environmental
   84  Regulation Commission, created pursuant to s. 20.255(6). The
   85  commission shall adopt or reject the task force’s recommended
   86  projections. Following adoption by the commission, these
   87  projections serve as the state’s official estimate of sea-level
   88  rise and flooding impacts along the state’s coastline and must
   89  be used for the purpose of developing future state projects,
   90  plans, and programs. In its report, the task force must include
   91  supporting data and assumptions used by the task force in
   92  developing the recommended projections. The task force shall
   93  review the adopted consensus baseline projections as it deems
   94  appropriate, and shall submit any recommended revisions to the
   95  projections to the commission.
   96         (6) Subsections (1) through (5) and this subsection are
   97  repealed July 1, 2024.
   98         Section 2. For the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the sum of
   99  $500,000 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated from the General
  100  Revenue Fund to the Department of Environmental Protection for
  101  the purpose of funding any contracts for services entered into
  102  by the department to assist the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task
  103  Force in developing its recommended official baseline
  104  projections and for the administrative expenses of the task
  105  force.
  106         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.