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HB 1305

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to agency inspectors general; amending s.
320.055, F.S.; providing that an agency inspector general
4may be appointed by the agency head after 14 days notice,
5in writing, to the Governor; providing that an agency
6inspector general may be removed for good cause shown by
7the agency head with the approval of the Governor or a
8majority vote of the Cabinet; requiring the Legislature to
9establish a line item category for the inspector general
10for each state agency describing the designated use of the
11appropriated funds as provided in the General
12Appropriations Act; providing an effective date.
14Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
16     Section 1.  Subsection (3) of section 20.055, Florida
17Statutes, is amended to read:
18     20.055  Agency inspectors general.-
19     (3)(a)  The inspector general shall be appointed by the
20agency head. For agencies under the direction of the Governor,
21the appointment shall be made after notifying the Governor and
22the Chief Inspector General in writing, at least 14 7 days
23before prior to an offer of employment, of the agency head's
24intention to hire the inspector general.
25     (b)  Each inspector general shall serve at the pleasure of,
26report to, and be under the general supervision of the agency
27head and is shall not be subject to supervision by any other
28employee of the state agency. The inspector general shall be
29appointed without regard to political affiliation.
30     (c)  An inspector general may be removed from office by the
31agency head, for just cause shown, with the approval of the
32Governor or a majority vote of the Cabinet. For agencies under
33the direction of the Governor, the agency head shall notify the
34Governor and the Chief Inspector General, in writing, of the
35intention to terminate the inspector general at least 14 7 days
36prior to the removal. For state agencies under the direction of
37the Governor and Cabinet or a Cabinet officer, the agency head
38shall notify the Governor and Cabinet in writing of the
39intention to terminate the inspector general at least 14 7 days
40before prior to the removal.
41     (d)  The agency head or agency staff shall not prevent or
42prohibit the inspector general from initiating, carrying out, or
43completing any audit or investigation.
44     (e)  In order to ensure that the expenditure of funds
45appropriated to the office of an inspector general will be used
46for the purposes intended by the Legislature, the Legislature
47shall establish line item categories for the inspector general
48for each state agency describing the designated use of the
49appropriated funds as provided in the General Appropriations
51     Section 2.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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