Section 11.40, Florida Statutes 2001
11.40 Legislative Auditing Committee.--
(1) There is created a standing joint committee of the Legislature designated the Legislative Auditing Committee, composed of 10 members as follows: 5 members of the Senate, to be appointed by the President of the Senate, and 5 members of the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The terms of members shall be for 2 years and shall run from the organization of one Legislature to the organization of the next Legislature. Vacancies occurring during the interim period shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The members of the committee shall elect a chair and vice chair. During the 2-year term, a member of each house shall serve as chair for 1 year.
(2) The committee shall be governed by joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives which shall remain in effect until repealed or amended by concurrent resolution.
(3) The Legislative Auditing Committee may direct the Auditor General or the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability to conduct an audit, review, or examination of any entity or record described in s. 11.45(2) or (3).
(4) The Legislative Auditing Committee may take under investigation any matter within the scope of an audit, review, or examination either completed or then being conducted by the Auditor General or the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, and, in connection with such investigation, may exercise the powers of subpoena by law vested in a standing committee of the Legislature.
(5) Following notification by the Auditor General, the Department of Banking and Finance, or the Division of Bond Finance of the State Board of Administration of the failure of a local governmental entity, district school board, charter school, or charter technical career center to comply with the applicable provisions within s. 11.45(5)-(7), s. 218.32(1), or s. 218.38, the Legislative Auditing Committee may schedule a hearing. If a hearing is scheduled, the committee shall determine if the entity should be subject to further state action. If the committee determines that the entity should be subject to further state action, the committee shall:
(a) In the case of a local governmental entity or district school board, request the Department of Revenue and the Department of Banking and Finance to withhold any funds not pledged for bond debt service satisfaction which are payable to such entity until the entity complies with the law. The committee, in its request, shall specify the date such action shall begin, and the request must be received by the Department of Revenue and the Department of Banking and Finance 30 days before the date of the distribution mandated by law. The Department of Revenue and the Department of Banking and Finance are authorized to implement the provisions of this paragraph.
(b) In the case of a special district, notify the Department of Community Affairs that the special district has failed to comply with the law. Upon receipt of notification, the Department of Community Affairs shall proceed pursuant to the provisions specified in ss. 189.421 and 189.422.
(c) In the case of a charter school or charter technical career center, notify the appropriate sponsoring entity, which may terminate the charter pursuant to ss. 228.056 and 228.505.
History.--s. 1, ch. 67-470; s. 1, ch. 69-82; s. 1, ch. 73-6; s. 18, ch. 95-147; s. 21, ch. 96-318; s. 13, ch. 2001-266.
Note.--Former s. 11.181.