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The Florida Statutes

The 2004 Florida Statutes

Title XIV
TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 216
PLANNING AND BUDGETING
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Section 216.181, Florida Statutes 2004

216.181  Approved budgets for operations and fixed capital outlay.--

(1)  The General Appropriations Act and any other acts containing appropriations shall be considered the original approved operating budgets for operational and fixed capital expenditures. Amendments to the approved operating budgets for operational and fixed capital outlay expenditures from state agencies may be requested only through the Executive Office of the Governor and approved by the Governor and the Legislative Budget Commission as provided in this chapter. Amendments from the judicial branch may be requested only through, and approved by, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This includes amendments which are necessary to implement the provisions of s. 216.212 or s. 216.221.

(2)  Amendments to the original approved operating budgets for operational and fixed capital outlay expenditures must comply with the following guidelines in order to be approved by the Governor and the Legislative Budget Commission as provided in this chapter for the executive branch and the Chief Justice for the judicial branch:

(a)  The amendment must be consistent with legislative policy and intent.

(b)  The amendment may not initiate or commence a new program, except as authorized by this chapter, or eliminate an existing program.

(c)  Except as authorized in s. 216.292 or other provisions of this chapter, the amendment may not provide funding or increased funding for items which were funded by the Legislature in an amount less than that requested by the agency or Governor in the legislative budget request or which were vetoed by the Governor.

(d)  For amendments that involve trust funds, there must be adequate and appropriate revenues available in the trust fund and the amendment must be consistent with the laws authorizing such trust funds and the laws relating to the use of the trust funds. However, a trust fund shall not be increased in excess of the original approved budget, except as provided in subsection (11).

(e)  The amendment shall not conflict with any provision of law.

(f)  The amendment must not provide funding for any issue which was requested by the agency or branch in its legislative budget request and not funded in the General Appropriations Act.

(g)  The amendment must include a written description of the purpose of the proposed change, an indication of why interim budget action is necessary, and the intended recipient of any funds for contracted services.

(h)  The amendment must not provide general salary increases which the Legislature has not authorized in the General Appropriations Act or other laws.

(3)  All amendments to original approved operating budgets, regardless of funding source, are subject to the notice and review procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(4)  To the extent possible, individual members of the Senate and the House of Representatives should be advised of budget amendments requested by the executive branch.

(5)  An amendment to the original operating budget for an information technology project or initiative that involves more than one agency, has an outcome that impacts another agency, or exceeds $500,000 in total cost over a 1-year period, except for those projects that are a continuation of hardware or software maintenance or software licensing agreements, or that are for desktop replacement that is similar to the technology currently in use must be reviewed by the Technology Review Workgroup pursuant to s. 216.0446 and approved by the Executive Office of the Governor for the executive branch or by the Chief Justice for the judicial branch, and shall be subject to the notice and review procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(6)(a)  The Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may require the submission of a detailed plan from the agency or entity of the judicial branch affected, consistent with the General Appropriations Act, special appropriations acts, and the statement of intent before transferring and releasing the balance of a lump-sum appropriation. The provisions of this paragraph are subject to the notice and review procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(b)  The Executive Office of the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may amend, without approval of the Legislative Budget Commission, state agency and judicial branch entity budgets, respectively, to reflect the transferred funds based on the approved plans for lump-sum appropriations.

The Executive Office of the Governor shall transmit to each state agency and the Chief Financial Officer, and the Chief Justice shall transmit to each judicial branch component and the Chief Financial Officer, any approved amendments to the approved operating budgets.

(7)  The Executive Office of the Governor may, for the purpose of improved contract administration, authorize the consolidation of two or more fixed capital outlay appropriations for an agency, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the judicial branch, except for projects authorized under chapter 1013, provided the original scope and purpose of each project are not changed.

(8)  As part of the approved operating budget, the Executive Office of the Governor shall furnish to each state agency, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall furnish to the entity of the judicial branch, an approved annual salary rate for each budget entity containing a salary appropriation. This rate shall be based upon the actual salary rate and shall be consistent with the General Appropriations Act or special appropriations acts. The annual salary rate shall be:

(a)  Calculated based on the actual salary rate in effect on June 30, and the salary policy and the number of authorized positions as specified in the General Appropriations Act and special appropriations acts, or as provided pursuant to s. 216.177.

(b)  Controlled by department or agency; except for the Department of Education, which shall be controlled by division and for the judicial branch, which shall be controlled at the branch level.

(c)  Assigned to the number of authorized positions.

(9)(a)  The calculation for the annual salary rate for vacant and newly authorized positions shall be at no more than the midpoint of the range of the pay grade for the position or as provided in the General Appropriations Act.

(b)  No agency or the judicial branch may exceed its maximum approved annual salary rate for the fiscal year. However, at any time during the fiscal year, an agency or entity of the judicial branch may exceed its approved rate for all budget entities by no more than 5 percent, provided that, by June 30 of every fiscal year, the agency or entity of the judicial branch has reduced its salary rate so that the salary rate for each budget entity is within the approved rate limit for that budget entity.

(10)(a)  The Executive Office of the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may increase or decrease the approved salary rate for positions for the purpose of implementing the General Appropriations Act, special appropriations acts, and actions pursuant to s. 216.262 consistent with legislative intent and policy. Other adjustments to approved salary rate must be approved by the Legislative Budget Commission pursuant to the request of the agency filed with the Executive Office of the Governor or pursuant to the request of an entity of the judicial branch filed with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, if deemed necessary and in the best interest of the state and consistent with legislative policy and intent. The provisions of this paragraph are subject to the notice and review procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(b)  Lump-sum salary bonuses may be provided only if specifically appropriated or provided pursuant to s. 110.1245 or s. 216.1815.

(c)  State agencies and the judicial branch shall report, each fiscal quarter, the number of filled positions, the number of vacant positions, and the salary rate associated with each category to the Legislative Budget Commission in a form and manner prescribed by the commission.

(11)  The Executive Office of the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may approve changes in the amounts appropriated from state trust funds in excess of those in the approved operating budget up to $1 million only pursuant to the federal funds provisions of s. 216.212, when grants and donations are received after April 1, or when deemed necessary due to a set of conditions that were unforeseen at the time the General Appropriations Act was adopted and that are essential to correct in order to continue the operation of government. Changes in the amounts appropriated from state trust funds in excess of those in the approved operating budget which are in excess of $1 million may be approved only by the Legislative Budget Commission pursuant to the request of a state agency filed with the Executive Office of the Governor or pursuant to the request of an entity of the judicial branch filed with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The provisions of this subsection are subject to the notice, review, and objection procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(12)  There is appropriated nonoperating budget for refunds, payments to the United States Treasury, payments of the service charge to the General Revenue Fund, and transfers of funds specifically required by law. Such authorized budget, together with related releases, shall be transmitted by the state agency or by the judicial branch to the Chief Financial Officer for entry in his or her records in the manner and format prescribed by the Executive Office of the Governor in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer. A copy of such authorized budgets shall be furnished to the Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice, the chairs of the legislative committees responsible for developing the general appropriations acts, and the Auditor General. The Governor may withhold approval of nonoperating investment authority for certain trust funds when deemed in the best interest of the state. The Governor for the executive branch, and the Chief Justice for the judicial branch, may establish nonoperating budgets for transfers, purchase of investments, special expenses, distributions, and any other nonoperating budget categories they deem necessary and in the best interest of the state and consistent with legislative intent and policy. The provisions of this subsection are subject to the notice, review, and objection procedures set forth in s. 216.177. For purposes of this section, the term "nonoperating budgets" means nonoperating disbursement authority for purchase of investments, refunds, payments to the United States Treasury, transfers of funds specifically required by law, distributions of assets held by the state in a trustee capacity as an agent of fiduciary, special expenses, and other nonoperating budget categories as determined necessary by the Executive Office of the Governor, not otherwise appropriated in the General Appropriations Act.

(13)  Each state agency and the judicial branch shall develop the internal management procedures and budgets necessary to assure compliance with the approved operating budget.

(14)  The Executive Office of the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall certify the amounts approved for operations and fixed capital outlay, together with any relevant supplementary materials or information, to the Chief Financial Officer; and such certification shall be the Chief Financial Officer's guide with reference to the expenditures of each state agency pursuant to s. 216.192.

(15)  The provisions of this section do not apply to the budgets for the legislative branch.

(16)(a)  Funds provided in any specific appropriation in the General Appropriations Act may be advanced if the General Appropriations Act specifically so provides.

(b)  Any agency, or the judicial branch, that has been authorized by the General Appropriations Act or expressly authorized by other law to make advances for program startup or advances for contracted services, in total or periodically, shall limit such disbursements to other governmental entities and not-for-profit corporations. The amount which may be advanced shall not exceed the expected cash needs of the contractor or recipient within the initial 3 months. Thereafter, disbursements shall only be made on a reimbursement basis. Any agreement that provides for advancements may contain a clause that permits the contractor or recipient to temporarily invest the proceeds, provided that any interest income shall either be returned to the agency or be applied against the agency's obligation to pay the contract amount. This paragraph does not constitute lawful authority to make any advance payment not otherwise authorized by laws relating to a particular agency or general laws relating to the expenditure or disbursement of public funds. The Chief Financial Officer may, after consultation with the legislative appropriations committees, advance funds beyond a 3-month requirement if it is determined to be consistent with the intent of the approved operating budget.

(c)  Unless specifically prohibited in the General Appropriations Act, funds appropriated to the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health may be advanced for those contracted services that were approved for advancement by the Comptroller in fiscal year 1993-1994, including those services contracted on a fixed-price or unit-cost basis.

(17)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contrary, and for the 2003-2004 fiscal year only, the Department of Law Enforcement may transfer up to 20 positions and associated budget between budget entities, provided the same funding source is used throughout each transfer. The department may also transfer up to 10 percent of the initial approved salary rate between budget entities, provided the same funding source is used throughout each transfer. The department must provide notice to the Executive Office of the Governor, the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, and the chair of the House Committee on Criminal Justice Appropriations for all transfers of positions or salary rate. This subsection expires July 1, 2004.

(18)  In order to implement Specific Appropriation 216 of the 2004-2005 General Appropriations Act, if the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid approve LifeSaver Rx during the 2004-2005 fiscal year, the Agency for Health Care Administration may submit a budget amendment certifying the amount of funds necessary and requesting additional appropriations from the General Revenue Fund sufficient to provide the state match for the program and related trust fund appropriations. All actions taken pursuant to the authority granted in this subsection shall be subject to review and approval by the Legislative Budget Commission. This subsection expires July 1, 2005.

History.--s. 31, ch. 69-106; s. 12, ch. 71-354; s. 11, ch. 77-352; s. 8, ch. 81-169; s. 14, ch. 83-49; s. 5, ch. 83-332; ss. 1, 12, ch. 85-241; s. 3, ch. 86-297; s. 58, ch. 87-224; s. 2, ch. 88-182; s. 5, ch. 88-557; ss. 8, 9, ch. 89-51; s. 12, ch. 90-365; s. 19, ch. 91-109; s. 60, ch. 92-142; s. 40, ch. 95-280; s. 13, ch. 95-396; s. 7, ch. 96-420; s. 7, ch. 97-153; s. 6, ch. 97-286; ss. 7, 10, 14, 38, ch. 98-46; s. 18, ch. 98-73; s. 88, ch. 99-2; ss. 6, 10, 19, 43, 53, ch. 99-228; s. 5, ch. 2000-159; ss. 17, 31, 52, 66, ch. 2000-171; s. 23, ch. 2000-371; s. 7, ch. 2001-56; s. 4, ch. 2001-61; ss. 14, 26, 53, ch. 2001-254; s. 6, ch. 2001-261; s. 922, ch. 2002-387; s. 1, ch. 2002-397; ss. 20, 79, ch. 2002-402; s. 238, ch. 2003-261; s. 31, ch. 2003-399; s. 18, ch. 2004-269.

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