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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 1020
       
       
       
       By Senator Aronberg
       
       
       
       
       27-00459D-10                                          20101020__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to agency inspectors general; amending
    3         s. 20.055, F.S.; providing that an agency inspector
    4         general may be appointed by the agency head after 14
    5         days notice, in writing, to the Governor; providing
    6         that an agency inspector general may be removed for
    7         good cause shown by the agency head with the approval
    8         of the Governor or a majority vote of the Cabinet;
    9         requiring the Legislature to establish a line item
   10         category for the inspector general for each state
   11         agency describing the designated use of the
   12         appropriated funds as provided in the General
   13         Appropriations Act; providing an effective date.
   14  
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16  
   17         Section 1. Subsection (3) of section 20.055, Florida
   18  Statutes, is amended to read:
   19         20.055 Agency inspectors general.—
   20         (3)(a) The inspector general shall be appointed by the
   21  agency head. For agencies under the direction of the Governor,
   22  the appointment shall be made after notifying the Governor and
   23  the Chief Inspector General in writing, at least 14 7 days
   24  before prior to an offer of employment, of the agency head’s
   25  intention to hire the inspector general.
   26         (b) Each inspector general shall serve at the pleasure of,
   27  report to, and be under the general supervision of the agency
   28  head and is shall not be subject to supervision by any other
   29  employee of the state agency. The inspector general shall be
   30  appointed without regard to political affiliation.
   31         (c) An inspector general may be removed from office by the
   32  agency head, for just cause shown, with the approval of the
   33  Governor or a majority vote of the Cabinet. For agencies under
   34  the direction of the Governor, the agency head shall notify the
   35  Governor and the Chief Inspector General, in writing, of the
   36  intention to terminate the inspector general at least 14 7 days
   37  prior to the removal. For state agencies under the direction of
   38  the Governor and Cabinet or a cabinet officer, the agency head
   39  shall notify the Governor and Cabinet in writing of the
   40  intention to terminate the inspector general at least 14 7 days
   41  before prior to the removal.
   42         (d) The agency head or agency staff shall not prevent or
   43  prohibit the inspector general from initiating, carrying out, or
   44  completing any audit or investigation.
   45         (e) In order to ensure that the expenditure of funds
   46  appropriated to the office of an inspector general will be used
   47  for the purposes intended by the Legislature, the Legislature
   48  shall establish line item categories for the inspector general
   49  for each state agency describing the designated use of the
   50  appropriated funds as provided in the General Appropriations
   51  Act.
   52         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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