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Senate Bill 2134

Senate Bill sb2134

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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2134

    By Senator Argenziano

    3-1554-04                                           See HB 665

  1                      A bill to be entitled

  2         An act relating to statewide intermediary

  3         assistance for faith-based and community-based

  4         organizations; providing legislative findings;

  5         designating the Florida Faith-Based Association

  6         as a statewide intermediary organization for

  7         certain purposes; providing duties of the

  8         association; requiring a report; providing

  9         appropriations; providing duties of the Chief

10         Financial Officer; providing an effective date.


12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:


14         Section 1.  Statewide intermediary organization for

15  faith-based and community-based collaboration and

16  assistance.--

17         (1)  FINDINGS.--The Legislature determines that

18  developing a faith-based initiative would be in the best

19  interest of the citizens of this state. The Legislature

20  acknowledges the tremendous pool of human resources within the

21  "armies of compassion" in this state, recognizes the need to

22  recruit, organize, mobilize, educate, train, and provide

23  leadership for this vast army, and recognizes the need for a

24  statewide intermediary organization to provide these necessary

25  administrative services.

26         (2)  DESIGNATION.--The Florida Faith-Based Association,

27  which was incorporated in this state in August 2001 and

28  qualified for nonprofit status under s. 501(c)(3) of the

29  United States Internal Revenue Code in April 2003, is

30  designated as a statewide intermediary organization to provide

31  assistance to faith-based organizations that are interested in


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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2134
    3-1554-04                                           See HB 665

 1  providing social services. The association is not a government

 2  agency and no member of the board of directors may be a state

 3  officer. For purposes of this act, an "intermediary

 4  organization" is an organization that is familiar with the

 5  faith community, with the programs of government social

 6  service agencies, and with successful faith-based programs

 7  that serve as examples of best practices, is not a local

 8  congregation or a traditional social service provider, but is

 9  an organization that exists between those entities and has the

10  purpose of helping them work together to reach the poor and

11  needy.

12         (3)  DUTIES.--To function as a statewide intermediary

13  organization, the Florida Faith-Based Association shall:

14         (a)  Convene a minimum of two meetings of stakeholders

15  in each of the six regions of this state defined by the

16  intermediary organization to identify regional needs and

17  develop a plan to meet those needs.

18         (b)  Provide at least six regional training conferences

19  for faith-based and community-based organizations. These

20  training conferences shall focus on issues such as capacity

21  development, best practices, effective collaboration with

22  government and community-based organizations, measuring and

23  documenting outcomes, and fund development as well as other

24  needs identified by the regional faith-based and

25  community-based leaders and their governmental liaisons.

26         (c)  Improve collaboration between public and private

27  agencies, helping them focus on their shared objectives.

28         (d)  Work with local, state, and federal agency

29  liaisons to comprehensively assess the human needs in

30  communities in this state and recruit and train faith-based

31  organizations to meet those needs.


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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2134
    3-1554-04                                           See HB 665

 1         (e)  Within 18 months after July 1, 2004, publish a

 2  detailed report of the needs assessment results and provide a

 3  copy of the report to the Governor, the President of the

 4  Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

 5         (f)  Convene annual statewide summits of faith-based

 6  and community-based leaders as well as representatives of

 7  appropriate local, state, and federal agencies.

 8         (g)1.  Use the current statewide database of over

 9  20,000 faith-based organizations in this state to analyze the

10  strategies and programs currently being used.

11         2.  Continue to update and keep current the statewide

12  database of over 20,000 faith-based organizations in this

13  state.

14         (h)  Identify best practices among faith-based and

15  community-based organizations and develop and publish a list

16  of those programs.

17         (i)  Offer best-practices training in the area of

18  service delivery, as well as capacity building statewide.

19         (j)  Develop and implement annual strategic plans.

20         (k)  Produce annual printed and online faith-based

21  resources directories.

22         (l)  Create a board of directors of no less than 12 and

23  no more than 18 members that would represent each of the six

24  regions of this state.

25         (m)  Develop three advisory committees, one each in the

26  areas of spiritual leadership, capacity development, and

27  advocacy.

28         (n)  Develop six regional intermediary organizations

29  and, if necessary, develop local intermediary organizations.

30         (o)  Examine barriers to state-funded or federally

31  funded provision of services by faith-based organizations.


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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2134
    3-1554-04                                           See HB 665

 1         (p)  Serve as fiscal intermediary for state or federal

 2  grants directed to faith-based organizations and

 3  community-based organizations.

 4         (q)  Develop private matching funds to the extent that

 5  the association would be able to demonstrate total

 6  sustainability within 36 months after July 1, 2004.

 7         (r)  Develop specific outcome measures for the quantity

 8  and quality of services delivered to the state and the

 9  cost-effectiveness of those services.

10         (s)  Function as a liaison to work in partnership with

11  the White House Office of Faith and Community Initiatives.

12         (4)  REPORT.--By January 1 of each year, the Florida

13  Faith-Based Association shall submit to the Governor, the

14  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of

15  Representatives an annual audited report which shall describe

16  the activities of the association in fulfilling its duties as

17  a statewide faith-based organization, account for expenditures

18  by the association of funds distributed by the Chief Financial

19  Officer to the association for purposes of implementing this

20  act, and recommend to the President of the Senate and the

21  Speaker of the House of Representatives changes to the laws of

22  this state necessary to fulfill the association's purposes and

23  duties.

24         Section 2.  Notwithstanding sections 216.181 and

25  216.292, Florida Statutes, and pursuant to section 216.351,

26  Florida Statutes, the following sums are appropriated from the

27  General Revenue Fund to the Department of Financial Services

28  for distribution to the Florida Faith-Based Association for

29  purposes of development as a statewide intermediary

30  organization: $700,000 for fiscal year 2004-2005, $600,000 for

31  fiscal year 2005-2006, and $500,000 for fiscal year 2006-2007.


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    Florida Senate - 2004                                  SB 2134
    3-1554-04                                           See HB 665

 1  The Chief Financial Officer shall distribute such moneys to

 2  the association each year for which an appropriation is made

 3  for purposes of implementing this act. The association shall

 4  document receipt and uses of such moneys for the purposes

 5  specified in this act and shall include such documentation in

 6  the report required under section 1.

 7         Section 3.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2004.


























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