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       Florida Senate - 2010                      CS for CS for SB 1952
       
       
       
       By the Committees on General Government Appropriations; and
       Environmental Preservation and Conservation; and Senator Detert
       
       
       
       601-05200-10                                          20101952c2
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to water management districts;
    3         amending s. 373.1961, F.S.; authorizing water
    4         management districts to use certain moneys in the
    5         Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund
    6         for water resource development projects; amending s.
    7         373.0693, F.S.; revising provisions relating to the
    8         membership of basin boards; specifying the terms of
    9         service for basin board members designated by district
   10         governing board chairs; providing that basin board
   11         members designated by district governing board chairs
   12         are voting members and counted for quorum purposes;
   13         providing for designated district governing board
   14         members to serve as basin board chairs and co-chairs;
   15         providing an effective date.
   16  
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18  
   19         Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
   20  373.1961, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   21         373.1961 Water production; general powers and duties;
   22  identification of needs; funding criteria; economic incentives;
   23  reuse funding.—
   24         (3) FUNDING.—
   25         (c) The financial assistance for alternative water supply
   26  projects allocated in each district’s budget as required in s.
   27  373.196(6) shall be combined with the state funds and used to
   28  assist in funding the project construction costs of alternative
   29  water supply projects selected by the governing board. If the
   30  district has not completed any regional water supply plan, or
   31  the regional water supply plan does not identify the need for
   32  any alternative water supply projects, Funds deposited in the
   33  Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund to the
   34  credit of the Northwest Florida Water Management District and
   35  the Suwannee River Water Management District that district’s
   36  trust fund may also be used for regional water supply planning,
   37  water resource development, and water resource projects,
   38  including, but not limited to, springs protection.
   39         Section 2. Subsections (1) through (6) of section 373.0693,
   40  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   41         373.0693 Basins; basin boards.—
   42         (1)(a) Any areas within a district may be designated by the
   43  district governing board as subdistricts or basins. The
   44  designations of such basins shall be made by resolution of the
   45  district governing board by resolutions thereof. The governing
   46  board of the district may change the boundaries of such basins,
   47  or create new basins, by resolution.
   48         (b) The designation of a No subdistrict or basin in the St.
   49  Johns River Water Management District, other than established by
   50  this act, is not shall become effective until approved by the
   51  Legislature.
   52         (2) Each basin shall be under the control of a basin board
   53  which shall be composed of at least not less than three members,
   54  including one or more representatives but shall include one
   55  representative from each of the counties included in the basin.
   56         (3) Except for a member of the district governing board
   57  serving on a basin board pursuant to subsection (6), each member
   58  of a the various basin board boards shall be appointed serve for
   59  a period of 3 years or until a successor is appointed, but not
   60  more than 180 days after the end of the term., except that The
   61  board membership of each new basin board shall be divided into
   62  three groups as equally as possible, with members in such groups
   63  to be appointed for 1, 2, and 3 years, respectively. Each basin
   64  board shall choose a vice chair and a secretary to serve for a
   65  period of 1 year. The term of office of a basin board member
   66  shall be construed to commence on March 2 preceding the date of
   67  appointment and to terminate March 1 of the year of the end of a
   68  term or may continue until a successor is appointed, but not
   69  more than 180 days after the end of the expired term. A member
   70  of the district governing board serving on a basin board
   71  pursuant to subsection (6) shall serve for a period commensurate
   72  with his or her term on the governing board.
   73         (4) Except for a member of the district governing board
   74  serving on a basin board pursuant to subsection (6), members of
   75  a basin board boards shall be appointed by the Governor, subject
   76  to confirmation by the Senate at the next regular session of the
   77  Legislature.; and The refusal or failure of the Senate to
   78  confirm an appointment shall create a vacancy in the office to
   79  which the appointment was made.
   80         (5) Basin board members shall serve without receive no
   81  compensation for services as such; but are entitled to
   82  reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s.
   83  112.061, while officially on work for the district, they shall
   84  receive their actual travel expenses between their respective
   85  places of residence and the place where official district
   86  business is conducted, subsistence, lodging, and other expenses
   87  in the amount actually incurred. These expenses may not exceed
   88  the statutory amount allowed state officers and employees. This
   89  subsection applies retroactively to the effective date of the
   90  creation of each of the five separate water management
   91  districts.
   92         (6)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of the
   93  provisions of any other general or special law to the contrary,
   94  a member of the district governing board of the district
   95  residing in the basin, or, if no member resides in the basin, a
   96  member of the district governing board designated by the chair
   97  of the district governing board, shall be a voting member of the
   98  basin board and counted for purposes of establishing a quorum.
   99         (b) A governing board member shall serve as the chair of
  100  the basin board. If more than one governing board member is
  101  designated to a basin board, each shall rotate as co-chair of
  102  the basin board. The chair or co-chair shall preside at all
  103  meetings of the basin board, except that the vice chair may
  104  preside in the his or her absence of the chair and co-chair. The
  105  chair shall be the liaison officer of the district in all
  106  affairs in the basin and shall be kept informed of all such
  107  affairs.
  108         (c)(b) Basin boards within the Southwest Florida Water
  109  Management District shall meet regularly as determined by a
  110  majority vote of the basin board members. Subject to notice
  111  requirements of chapter 120, special meetings, both emergency
  112  and nonemergency, may be called either by the chair or the
  113  elected vice chair of the basin board or upon request of two
  114  basin board members. The district staff shall include on the
  115  agenda of any basin board meeting any item for discussion or
  116  action requested by a member of that basin board. The district
  117  staff shall notify any basin board, as well as their respective
  118  counties, of any vacancies occurring in the district governing
  119  board or their respective basin boards.
  120         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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