ENROLLED 2022 Legislature SB 6-A 20226Aer 1 2 An act relating to toll relief; requiring the Florida 3 Turnpike Enterprise to establish a toll relief program 4 for a specified timeframe; defining terms; specifying 5 the requirements for eligibility for account credits 6 under the program; appropriating funds for the 7 Department of Transportation to reimburse the 8 department, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, and other 9 Florida toll facilities and Florida toll facility 10 entities for account credits issued under the program; 11 requiring the department to ensure compliance with 12 certain covenants; prohibiting the department from 13 using appropriated funds for specified purposes; 14 authorizing the department to reimburse each Florida 15 toll facility or Florida toll facility entity for the 16 actual account credits issued, based on specified 17 reports; requiring each Florida toll facility or 18 Florida toll facility entity to submit certain 19 documentation for reimbursement; providing for the 20 reversion of unexpended funds; requiring the 21 department to submit quarterly reports documenting 22 specified reimbursements to the Governor and specified 23 legislative entities; specifying the documentation to 24 be submitted with the department’s report; requiring 25 the department to reconcile disbursements and 26 transfers, to transfer interest earned to the General 27 Revenue Fund, and to provide a quarterly report 28 regarding reconciliation to the Governor and specified 29 legislative entities; providing for expiration; 30 providing an effective date. 31 32 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 33 34 Section 1. (1) The Florida Turnpike Enterprise shall 35 establish a toll relief program effective January 1, 2023, 36 through December 31, 2023, for all Florida toll facilities or 37 Florida toll facility entities that use a Florida-issued 38 transponder or are interoperable with the Department of 39 Transportation’s prepaid electronic transponder toll system. 40 (a) As used in this subsection, the term: 41 1. “Qualifying account” means a private prepaid SunPass 42 account or another Florida-based electronic prepaid toll program 43 account in good standing. 44 2. “Qualifying transaction” means a paid transponder-based 45 toll transaction incurred by a two-axle vehicle for travel on a 46 Florida toll facility using a Florida issued transponder linked 47 to a qualifying account. 48 (b) A qualifying account that records 35 or more qualifying 49 transactions per transponder per calendar month is eligible for 50 an account credit equal to 50 percent of the amount paid in that 51 calendar month for the qualifying transactions per transponder. 52 The account credit shall be posted to the qualifying account the 53 month after the credit is earned. 54 (c) A SunPass or other transponder issued by a Florida toll 55 entity must be linked to a qualifying account. 56 (2) In order to facilitate this act, for the 2022-2023 57 fiscal year, the nonrecurring sum of $500 million from the 58 General Revenue Fund is appropriated to the State Transportation 59 Trust Fund for the Department of Transportation to reimburse the 60 department, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, and other Florida 61 toll facilities or Florida toll facility entities for account 62 credits issued for promotional purposes as authorized in s. 63 338.161(1), Florida Statutes, and under the toll relief program 64 created by this act. The department shall provide reimbursements 65 to support compliance with covenants made with the bondholders 66 of the department, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, or other 67 Florida toll facility entities which are in the trust indentures 68 or resolutions adopted in connection with the issuance of such 69 bonds. The department may not use appropriated funds for 70 administration, contracted services, or expenses of the 71 department, the Florida Turnpike Enterprise, a Florida toll 72 facility or Florida toll facility entity, or any contractor or 73 vendor thereof. 74 (3) The department may reimburse each Florida toll facility 75 or Florida toll facility entities, as applicable, from 76 appropriated funds for the amount of actual account credits 77 issued, based upon auditable reports prepared by the Florida 78 toll facility or Florida toll facility entities which aggregate 79 the account credits issued. The reports must include any 80 documentation required by the department to provide the 81 department with sufficient information for reimbursement of 82 account credits issued. 83 (4) The unexpended balance of funds appropriated to the 84 department for toll relief as of June 30, 2023, shall revert and 85 is appropriated to the department for the same purpose for the 86 2023-2024 fiscal year. Any unexpended balance of funds as of 87 February 29, 2024, shall immediately revert to the General 88 Revenue Fund. 89 (5) The department shall submit quarterly reports to the 90 Executive Office of the Governor and the chairs of the 91 legislative appropriations committees documenting reimbursements 92 issued under this program to the department, the Florida 93 Turnpike Enterprise, and other Florida toll facilities and 94 Florida toll facility entities. The department’s report must 95 include supporting documentation with auditable data to support 96 the account credits issued. 97 (6) By the end of the month following each quarter, the 98 department shall reconcile all disbursements and transfers for 99 reimbursement, transfer to the General Revenue Fund all interest 100 earnings from the appropriated funds, and provide a report of 101 reconciliation to the Executive Office of the Governor and the 102 chairs of the legislative appropriations committees. 103 (7) This act expires February 29, 2024. 104 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.