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    2         An act relating to the Emergency Preparedness and
    3         Response Fund; amending s. 11.90, F.S.; authorizing
    4         the Legislative Budget Commission to convene to
    5         transfer or appropriate certain funds to the Emergency
    6         Preparedness and Response Fund; amending s. 252.37,
    7         F.S.; revising legislative intent; authorizing the
    8         Governor to transfer and expend moneys from the
    9         Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund; authorizing
   10         the Governor to request that additional funds be
   11         transferred or appropriated to the Emergency
   12         Preparedness and Response Fund, subject to approval by
   13         the Legislative Budget Commission, under specified
   14         conditions; providing a transfer of funds; providing a
   15         contingent effective date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Subsection (8) is added to section 11.90,
   20  Florida Statutes, to read:
   21         11.90 Legislative Budget Commission.—
   22         (8) The commission may convene to transfer or appropriate
   23  unappropriated surplus funds to the Emergency Preparedness and
   24  Response Fund created under s. 252.3711.
   25         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 252.37, Florida
   26  Statutes, is amended to read:
   27         252.37 Financing.—
   28         (2)(a) It is the legislative intent that the first recourse
   29  be made to funds specifically regularly appropriated to state
   30  and local agencies for disaster relief or response.
   31         (b) If the Governor finds that the demands placed upon
   32  these funds in coping with a particular disaster declared by the
   33  Governor as a state of emergency are unreasonably great, she or
   34  he may make funds available by transferring and expending moneys
   35  appropriated for other purposes, by transferring and expending
   36  moneys out of any unappropriated surplus funds, or from the
   37  Emergency Preparedness and Response Budget Stabilization Fund
   38  created under s. 252.3711. The Governor may request that
   39  additional funds be transferred or appropriated to the Emergency
   40  Preparedness and Response Fund by a budget amendment, subject to
   41  approval of the Legislative Budget Commission.
   42         (c) Following the expiration or termination of the state of
   43  emergency, the Governor may transfer moneys with a budget
   44  amendment, subject to approval by the Legislative Budget
   45  Commission, to satisfy the budget authority granted for such
   46  emergency. The transfers and expenditures supporting the
   47  amendment must be directly related to the declared disaster or
   48  emergency.
   49         Section 3. The Chief Financial Officer shall immediately
   50  transfer the nonrecurring sum of $500 million from the General
   51  Revenue Fund to the Emergency Preparedness and Response Fund in
   52  the Executive Office of the Governor to be used for preparing
   53  for or responding to a disaster declared by the Governor as a
   54  state of emergency.
   55         Section 4. This act shall take effect on the same date that
   56  SB 98 or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation
   57  is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension
   58  thereof and becomes a law.