Florida Senate - 2023                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 214
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Commerce and Tourism (Jones) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 143 and 144
    4  insert:
    5         Section 2. Community Violence Task Force.—
    6         (1)The Community Violence Task Force, a task force as
    7  defined in s. 20.03(8), Florida Statutes, is created within the
    8  Department of Law Enforcement. Except as otherwise provided in
    9  this section, the task force shall comply with the requirements
   10  of s. 20.052, Florida Statutes.
   11         (2)(a)The task force shall be composed of 15 members as
   12  follows:
   13         1.Four members appointed by the Governor, one of whom the
   14  Governor shall designate as the chair of the task force.
   15         2.Four members appointed by the President of the Senate,
   16  two of whom must be members of the Legislative Black Caucus of
   17  the Senate.
   18         3.Four members appointed by the Speaker of the House of
   19  Representatives, two of whom must be members of the Legislative
   20  Black Caucus of the House of Representatives.
   21         4.A representative from the Florida Sheriffs Association,
   22  nominated by the executive director and appointed by the
   23  Governor.
   24         5.A representative from the Florida Police Chiefs
   25  Association, nominated by the executive director and appointed
   26  by the Governor.
   27         6.The Secretary of Children and Families, or his or her
   28  designee.
   29         (b)Members must be appointed no later than August 1, 2023.
   30  Members serve at the pleasure of the officer who appointed them,
   31  and a vacancy on the task force must be filled in the same
   32  manner as the original appointment. Members of the task force
   33  shall serve without compensation but are entitled to
   34  reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses pursuant to s.
   35  112.061, Florida Statutes.
   36         (c)The task force shall meet at the call of the chair at a
   37  time and location in this state designated by the chair. The
   38  task force may not conduct its meetings by teleconference or
   39  other electronic means.
   40         (3)The task force shall review system failures and the
   41  causes of high crime rates and violence in urban core
   42  neighborhoods and communities. In addition, the task force shall
   43  develop recommendations for solutions, programs, services, and
   44  strategies for improved interagency communication between local
   45  and state governmental agencies to help facilitate the reduction
   46  of crime and violence in urban core neighborhoods and
   47  communities.
   48         (4)The Department of Law Enforcement shall provide
   49  staffing and administrative assistance to the task force in
   50  performing its duties. The task force may call upon other state
   51  agencies for such professional assistance as may be needed in
   52  the discharge of its duties, and such agencies shall provide
   53  such assistance in a timely manner.
   54         (5)Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the task
   55  force may request and shall be provided with access to any
   56  information or records that pertain to crime or violent
   57  incidents in this state’s urban core neighborhoods and
   58  communities. Information or records obtained by the task force
   59  which are otherwise exempt or confidential and exempt must
   60  retain such exempt or confidential and exempt status, and the
   61  task force may not disclose any such information or records.
   62         (6)The task force shall submit a report on its findings
   63  and recommendations to the Governor, the President of the
   64  Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by June
   65  1, 2025.
   66         (7)This section expires June 30, 2025.
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   69  And the title is amended as follows:
   70         Delete line 14
   71  and insert:
   72         changes; creating the Community Violence Task Force
   73         within the Department of Law Enforcement; providing
   74         for membership, duties, and meetings of the task
   75         force; requiring state agencies to provide assistance
   76         when requested; authorizing the task force to receive
   77         exempt or confidential and exempt information and
   78         specifying that the information maintains such status;
   79         requiring the task force to submit a report to the
   80         Governor and Legislature by a specified date;
   81         providing for expiration of the task force; providing
   82         an effective date.