Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1162 By Senator Broxson 1-01183A-22 20221162__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to infrastructure project funding; 3 creating s. 216.3492, F.S.; defining terms; 4 prohibiting an administering agency from disbursing 5 funds from any category of the General Appropriations 6 Act for infrastructure projects under certain 7 conditions; requiring a grantee to use the revenues 8 for infrastructure projects for certain activities; 9 amending s. 373.501, F.S.; prohibiting water 10 management districts from appropriating or disbursing 11 funds to grantees for water-related projects unless 12 certain conditions are met; prohibiting potential 13 grantees from seeking funds for water-related projects 14 under certain conditions; defining the term “grantee”; 15 amending s. 403.885, F.S.; prohibiting certain 16 entities from applying for water project grant 17 funding; prohibiting applicants from seeking water 18 project grant funding under certain conditions; 19 providing an effective date. 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. Section 216.3492, Florida Statutes, is created 24 to read: 25 216.3492 Limitation on disbursements to certain local 26 governments and special districts for infrastructure projects.— 27 (1) As used in this section, the term: 28 (a) “Administering agency” means the governmental agency or 29 entity charged in any category of the General Appropriations Act 30 with administering or disbursing an appropriation. 31 (b) “General governmental functions” means all the 32 services, other than provision of utility services, provided by 33 a grantee. However, for the purposes of this section, the term 34 does not include administrative and support services provided by 35 the grantee to a government-owned utility under an approved cost 36 allocation plan. 37 (c) “Government-owned utility” means any electric, water, 38 stormwater, or wastewater utility system owned by a 39 municipality, a county, a rural electric cooperative, or a 40 special district created to own and operate a government-owned 41 utility. 42 (d) “Grantee” means a county, a municipality, a rural 43 electric cooperative, or a special district created to own and 44 operate a government-owned utility, which applies for funds 45 appropriated by the Legislature in the General Appropriations 46 Act. 47 (e) “Infrastructure project” means a project related to 48 coastal resiliency, flood control, stormwater management, 49 wastewater management, water supply, or power generation, 50 including the construction, renovation, maintenance, operations, 51 or repair of building or facility, fixtures and equipment. 52 (2) An administering agency may not disburse funds from any 53 category of the General Appropriations Act related to 54 infrastructure projects to a grantee if the grantee uses any 55 revenues collected in providing utility services to finance the 56 grantee’s general governmental functions or to lend money to 57 finance the grantee’s general governmental functions. To be 58 eligible for a disbursement of an appropriation or a grant by an 59 administering agency, the grantee must use the revenues of the 60 government-owned utility exclusively for construction, 61 operations, maintenance, and administrative costs directly 62 associated with providing utility services to its customers. 63 Section 2. Subsection (3) is added to section 373.501, 64 Florida Statutes, to read: 65 373.501 Appropriation of funds to water management 66 districts; appropriation of funds from water management 67 districts.— 68 (3) A water management district may not appropriate or 69 disburse funds to a grantee from any source for any water 70 related project, including, but not limited to, a coastal 71 resiliency, flood control, stormwater management, wastewater 72 management, or water supply project, if the recipient uses 73 revenues it collects in providing utility services to finance 74 the grantee’s general governmental functions or to lend money to 75 finance the grantee’s general governmental functions, as defined 76 in s. 216.3492(1)(b). A potential grantee may not seek funds if 77 any of the revenues it collects in providing utility services 78 are transferred to another fund to finance the grantee’s general 79 governmental functions or if the revenues collected are used to 80 provide loans to finance its general governmental functions. For 81 purposes of this subsection, the term “grantee” means a county 82 or municipality that provides water, stormwater, or wastewater 83 services, or a special district created to own and operate a 84 utility that provides water, stormwater, or wastewater services. 85 Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 403.885, Florida 86 Statutes, is amended to read: 87 403.885 Water Projects Grant Program.— 88 (1) The Department of Environmental Protection shall 89 administer a grant program to use funds appropriated by the 90 Legislature for water quality improvement, stormwater 91 management, wastewater management, and water restoration and 92 other water projects as specifically appropriated by the 93 Legislature. Eligible recipients of such grants include 94 counties, municipalities, water management districts, and 95 special districts that have legal responsibilities for water 96 quality improvement, water management, stormwater management, 97 wastewater management, lake and river water restoration 98 projects, and drinking water projects pursuant to this section. 99 To be eligible for grant funding, a recipient of grant funds 100 must verify to the department that it will use the revenues 101 received exclusively for construction, operations, maintenance, 102 or administrative costs directly associated with providing 103 utility services to its customers. A recipient may not apply for 104 grant funding if any of the revenues it collects from providing 105 utility services are transferred to any other fund to finance 106 the recipient’s general governmental functions, as defined in s. 107 216.3492(1)(b), or if the revenues collected are used to lend 108 funds to finance the recipient’s general governmental functions. 109 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.