Florida Senate - 2022                                    SB 1452
       By Senator Book
       32-01370-22                                           20221452__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to funding for sheriffs providing
    3         child protective investigative services; amending s.
    4         39.3065, F.S.; authorizing sheriffs who provide child
    5         protective investigative services to carry forward a
    6         certain percentage of unexpended state funds each
    7         fiscal year; requiring certain funds to be returned to
    8         the Department of Children and Families; prohibiting
    9         funds carried forward from being used in certain ways;
   10         requiring that certain expenditures be reported to the
   11         department; authorizing unexpended funds to be
   12         retained through contract or grant agreement renewals
   13         under certain circumstances; providing an effective
   14         date.
   16  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18         Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
   19  39.3065, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   20         39.3065 Sheriffs of certain counties to provide child
   21  protective investigative services; procedures; funding.—
   22         (3)
   23         (c) Funds for providing child protective investigations
   24  must be identified in the annual appropriation made to the
   25  department, which shall award grants for the full amount
   26  identified to the respective sheriffs’ offices. Notwithstanding
   27  ss. 216.181(16)(b) and 216.351, the department may advance
   28  payments to the sheriffs for child protective investigations.
   29  The sheriffs may carry forward documented unexpended funds from
   30  one fiscal year to the next. However, the cumulative amount
   31  carried forward may not exceed 8 percent of the total contract
   32  amount or grant agreement amount, and any unexpended funds in
   33  excess of that amount must be returned to the department. The
   34  funds carried forward may not be used to create increased
   35  recurring future obligations or for any type of program or
   36  service that is not currently authorized by the existing
   37  contract or grant agreement with the department. The expenditure
   38  of funds carried forward must be separately reported to the
   39  department. Funds carried forward may be retained through a
   40  contract or grant agreement renewal and any new procurements as
   41  long as the same sheriff’s office is retained by the department.
   42  All unexpended funds at the expiration of the contract or grant
   43  agreement must be returned to the department. Funds for the
   44  child protective investigations may not be integrated into the
   45  sheriffs’ regular budgets. Budgetary data and other data
   46  relating to the performance of child protective investigations
   47  must be maintained separately from all other records of the
   48  sheriffs’ offices and reported to the department as specified in
   49  the grant agreement.
   50         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.