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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SJR 650
       
       
       
       By Senator Gelber
       
       
       
       
       35-00453-10                                            2010650__
    1                       Senate Joint Resolution                     
    2         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4
    3         of Article IV of the State Constitution to revise the
    4         membership of the State Board of Administration to
    5         replace the Attorney General with the Commissioner of
    6         Agriculture as a member of the board.
    7  
    8  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9  
   10         That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article IV of
   11  the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to
   12  the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next
   13  general election or at an earlier special election specifically
   14  authorized by law for that purpose:
   15                             ARTICLE IV                            
   16                              EXECUTIVE                            
   17         SECTION 4. Cabinet.—
   18         (a) There shall be a cabinet composed of an attorney
   19  general, a chief financial officer, and a commissioner of
   20  agriculture. In addition to the powers and duties specified
   21  herein, they shall exercise such powers and perform such duties
   22  as may be prescribed by law. In the event of a tie vote of the
   23  governor and cabinet, the side on which the governor voted shall
   24  be deemed to prevail.
   25         (b) The attorney general shall be the chief state legal
   26  officer. There is created in the office of the attorney general
   27  the position of statewide prosecutor. The statewide prosecutor
   28  shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the state attorneys to
   29  prosecute violations of criminal laws occurring or having
   30  occurred, in two or more judicial circuits as part of a related
   31  transaction, or when any such offense is affecting or has
   32  affected two or more judicial circuits as provided by general
   33  law. The statewide prosecutor shall be appointed by the attorney
   34  general from not less than three persons nominated by the
   35  judicial nominating commission for the supreme court, or as
   36  otherwise provided by general law.
   37         (c) The chief financial officer shall serve as the chief
   38  fiscal officer of the state, and shall settle and approve
   39  accounts against the state, and shall keep all state funds and
   40  securities.
   41         (d) The commissioner of agriculture shall have supervision
   42  of matters pertaining to agriculture except as otherwise
   43  provided by law.
   44         (e) The governor as chair, the chief financial officer, and
   45  the commissioner of agriculture attorney general shall
   46  constitute the state board of administration, which shall
   47  succeed to all the power, control, and authority of the state
   48  board of administration established pursuant to Article IX,
   49  Section 16 of the Constitution of 1885, and which shall continue
   50  as a body at least for the life of Article XII, Section 9(c).
   51         (f) The governor as chair, the chief financial officer, the
   52  attorney general, and the commissioner of agriculture shall
   53  constitute the trustees of the internal improvement trust fund
   54  and the land acquisition trust fund as provided by law.
   55         (g) The governor as chair, the chief financial officer, the
   56  attorney general, and the commissioner of agriculture shall
   57  constitute the agency head of the Department of Law Enforcement.
   58         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be
   59  placed on the ballot:
   60                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT                     
   61                        ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4                      
   62         REVISING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE STATE BOARD OF
   63  ADMINISTRATION.—The State Constitution currently provides that
   64  the Governor as chair, the Chief Financial Officer, and the
   65  Attorney General constitute the State Board of Administration.
   66  This amendment will revise the membership of the State Board of
   67  Administration by replacing the Attorney General with the
   68  Commissioner of Agriculture. The State Board of Administration
   69  is a state agency that provides a variety of investment services
   70  to various governmental entities. The responsibilities of the
   71  State Board of Administration include, but are not limited to,
   72  managing the assets of the Florida Retirement System Pension
   73  Plan, the Lawton Chiles Endowment Fund, the Local Government
   74  Surplus Funds Trust Fund, and the Hurricane Catastrophe Fund.

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