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. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 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.