Florida Senate - 2021 SB 6-B By Senator Hutson 7-00003-21B 20216B__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Occupational Safety and 3 Health State Plan; providing legislative intent and 4 findings; defining the term “state plan”; requiring 5 the Executive Office of the Governor to develop a 6 proposal for a state plan to assert state jurisdiction 7 over occupational safety and health issues for 8 government and private employees; requiring the office 9 to designate or hire necessary staff to develop the 10 proposal; requiring the Division of Risk Management 11 and the Division of Workers’ Compensation within the 12 Department of Financial Services, the Department of 13 Health, and the Department of Business and 14 Professional Regulation to assist the office with 15 development of the proposal upon request; requiring 16 the office to submit a status report to the 17 Legislature by a specified date; requiring that the 18 status report contain specified information; providing 19 an appropriation; providing an effective date. 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to 24 provide for the establishment of the Florida Occupational Safety 25 and Health State Plan. The Legislature finds that such a plan 26 would enhance occupational safety and health in this state 27 through the implementation and maintenance of policies, 28 procedures, practices, rules, and standards that reduce the 29 incidence of employee accidents, occupational diseases, and 30 fatalities, while providing the state with the flexibility to 31 adequately address the needs of businesses and employees in this 32 state. 33 (2) As used in this section, the term “state plan” refers 34 to a Florida Occupational Safety and Health State Plan. 35 (3) The Executive Office of the Governor shall develop a 36 proposal for a state plan to assert state jurisdiction over 37 occupational safety and health issues for government and private 38 employees and shall designate or hire appropriate staff as 39 necessary to develop the proposal. 40 (4) The Division of Risk Management and the Division of 41 Workers’ Compensation within the Department of Financial 42 Services, the Department of Health, and the Department of 43 Business and Professional Regulation shall assist the Executive 44 Office of the Governor with the development of the proposal upon 45 request of the office. 46 (5) On or before January 17, 2022, the Executive Office of 47 the Governor shall submit a status report to the President of 48 the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The 49 status report must contain, at a minimum, all of the following 50 information: 51 (a) Timelines for the completion of the proposal and for 52 the completion of the state plan, including the establishment of 53 an agency to oversee the state plan, legislation necessary to 54 implement the state plan, and the scope of coverage with respect 55 to employees covered under, and excluded from, the state plan. 56 (b) An explanation of whether additional employees, 57 consultants, or contractors need to be hired to assist with the 58 development of the proposal and the state plan and whether 59 additional funds need to be appropriated for that purpose. 60 Section 2. For the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the nonrecurring 61 sum of $1 million is appropriated to the Executive Office of the 62 Governor from the General Revenue Fund for the purpose of 63 implementing this act. 64 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.