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The 2004 Florida Statutes

Title III
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH; COMMISSIONS
Chapter 11
LEGISLATIVE ORGANIZATION, PROCEDURES, AND STAFFING
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Section 11.90, Florida Statutes 2004

11.90  Legislative Budget Commission.--

(1)  There is created a standing joint committee of the Legislature designated the Legislative Budget Commission, composed of 14 members as follows: seven members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, to include the chair of the Senate Budget Committee or its successor, and seven members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, to include the chair of the Fiscal Responsibility Council or its successor. 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. During even-numbered years, the chair of the commission shall be the chair of the Senate Budget Committee or its successor, and the vice chair of the commission shall be the chair of the House Fiscal Responsibility Council or its successor. During odd-numbered years, the chair of the commission shall be the chair of the House Fiscal Responsibility Council or its successor, and the vice chair of the commission shall be the chair of the Senate Budget Committee or its successor.

(2)  The Legislative Budget Commission shall be governed by joint rules of the Senate and the House of Representatives which shall remain in effect until repealed or amended by concurrent resolution.

(3)  The commission shall meet at least quarterly and more frequently at the direction of the presiding officers or upon call of the chair. A quorum shall consist of a majority of members from each house, plus one additional member from either house. Action by the commission requires a majority vote of the members present of each house.

(4)  The commission may conduct its meetings through teleconferences or other similar means.

(5)  The commission will be jointly staffed by the appropriations committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate. During even-numbered years, the Senate will serve as lead staff, and during odd-numbered years, the House of Representatives will serve as lead staff.

(6)  The commission shall have the power and duty to:

(a)  Annually review the amount of state debt outstanding and submit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives an estimate of the maximum amount of additional state tax-supported debt that prudently may be authorized during the current fiscal year. The estimate shall be advisory and shall in no way bind the Legislature.

(b)  Promptly after receiving the report required by s. 215.98(2)(c), the commission shall submit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives the commission's estimate of tax-supported debt which prudently may be authorized for the next fiscal year, together with a report explaining the basis for the estimate.

(7)  The commission shall review information resources management needs identified in agency long-range program plans for consistency with the State Annual Report on Enterprise Resource Planning and Management and statewide policies adopted by the State Technology Office. The commission shall also review proposed budget amendments associated with information technology that involve more than one agency, that have an outcome that impacts another agency, or that exceed $500,000 in total cost over a 1-year period.

History.--s. 37, ch. 2000-371; ss. 15, 25, ch. 2001-56; s. 1, ch. 2001-66; s. 33, ch. 2001-261; s. 1, ch. 2003-5.

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