CS for SB 610 First Engrossed
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to collective bargaining for certain
3 public employees; amending s. 447.203, F.S.;
4 specifying that for purposes of resolving an impasse
5 the sheriff, the tax collector, the property
6 appraiser, the supervisor of elections, and the clerk
7 of the circuit court are each deemed the “legislative
8 body” for their respective employees; providing that
9 in a county that has expressly abolished the office of
10 any constitutional officer, such duties are
11 transferred to the officer as provided for under the
12 county charter if the charter is not inconsistent with
13 general law or a special law approved by a vote of the
14 electors; providing that if the sheriff has contracted
15 with another governmental body to act as the employer
16 for certain employees, that body is the legislative
17 body for those employees; providing an effective date.
19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
21 Section 1. Subsection (10) of section 447.203, Florida
22 Statutes, is amended to read:
23 447.203 Definitions.—As used in this part:
24 (10) “Legislative body” means the State Legislature, the
25 board of county commissioners, the district school board, the
26 governing body of a municipality, or the governing body of an
27 instrumentality or unit of government having authority to
28 appropriate funds and establish policy governing the terms and
29 conditions of employment and which, as the case may be, is the
30 appropriate legislative body for the bargaining unit.
31 (a) For purposes of s. 447.403, the Board of Governors of
32 the State University System, or the board’s designee, is
33 be deemed to be the legislative body with respect to all
34 employees of each constituent state university.
35 (b) For purposes of s. 447.403 the board of trustees of a
36 community college is shall be deemed to be the legislative body
37 with respect to all employees of the community college.
38 (c) For purposes of s. 447.403, and as sovereign
39 constitutional officers under s. 1(d), Art. VIII of the State
40 Constitution, the sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser,
41 supervisor of elections, and clerk of the circuit court are each
42 deemed to be the legislative body for their respective
43 employees. However, if provided by a county charter that was
44 approved by a vote of the electors of the county and that
45 expressly abolished the office of the sheriff, tax collector,
46 property appraiser, supervisor of elections, or clerk of the
47 court and expressly transferred all duties prescribed by general
48 law to an elected or appointed charter officer, that officer is
49 subject to such charter if the charter is not inconsistent with
50 general law or with a special law approved by a vote of the
51 electors under s. 1(g), Art. VIII of the State Constitution.
52 (d) Notwithstanding paragraph (c), if the sheriff has
53 contracted with another governmental body to function as the
54 employer for firefighters as defined in s. 633.30, emergency
55 medical technicians as defined in s. 401.23, or paramedics as
56 defined in s. 401.23, that governmental body is the legislative
57 body for those employees.
58 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.