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The 2001 Florida Statutes

Title XIV
Taxation And Finance
Chapter 216
Planning And Budgeting
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Section 216.292, Florida Statutes 2001

216.292  Appropriations nontransferable; exceptions.--

(1)(a)  Funds provided in the General Appropriations Act or as otherwise expressly provided by law shall be expended only for the purpose for which appropriated, except that if deemed necessary such moneys may be transferred as provided in subsections (3) and (4) when it is determined to be in the best interest of the state. Appropriations for fixed capital outlay may not be expended for any other purpose, and appropriations may not be transferred between state agencies, or between a state agency and the judicial branch, unless specifically authorized by law.

(b)  The Department of Children and Family Services and the Agency for Health Care Administration may transfer general revenue funds as necessary to comply with any provision of the General Appropriations Act that requires or specifically authorizes the transfer of general revenue funds between these two agencies.

(c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or the provisions of s. 216.351, for fiscal year 2001-2002, state agencies may transfer positions and appropriations as necessary to comply with any provision of the General Appropriations Act, or any other provision of law, that requires or specifically authorizes the transfer of positions and appropriations in the consolidation of information technology resources to the State Technology Office.

(2)  A lump sum appropriated for a performance-based program must be distributed by the Governor for state agencies or the Chief Justice for the judicial branch into the traditional expenditure categories in accordance with s. 216.181(6)(b). At any time during the year, the agency head or Chief Justice may transfer funds between those categories with no limit on the amount of the transfer. Authorized revisions of the original approved operating budget, together with related changes, if any, must be transmitted by the state agency or by the judicial branch to the Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice, the chair and vice chair of the Legislative Budget Commission, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, and the Auditor General. Such authorized revisions shall be consistent with the intent of the approved operating budget, shall be consistent with legislative policy and intent, and shall not conflict with specific spending policies specified in the General Appropriations Act. The Executive Office of the Governor shall forward a copy of the revisions within 7 working days to the Comptroller for entry in his or her records in the manner and format prescribed by the Executive Office of the Governor in consultation with the Comptroller. Such authorized revisions shall be consistent with the intent of the approved operating budget, shall be consistent with legislative policy and intent, and shall not conflict with specific spending policies specified in the General Appropriations Act.

(3)  The head of each department or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, whenever it is deemed necessary by reason of changed conditions, may transfer appropriations funded from identical funding sources, except appropriations for fixed capital outlay, and transfer the amounts included within the total original approved budget and releases as furnished pursuant to ss. 216.181 and 216.192, as follows:

(a)  Between categories of appropriations within a budget entity, if no category of appropriation is increased or decreased by more than 5 percent of the original approved budget or $150,000, whichever is greater, by all action taken under this subsection.

(b)  Additionally, between budget entities within identical categories of appropriations, if no category of appropriation is increased or decreased by more than 5 percent of the original approved budget or $150,000, whichever is greater, by all action taken under this subsection.

(c)  Such authorized revisions must be consistent with the intent of the approved operating budget, must be consistent with legislative policy and intent, and must not conflict with specific spending policies specified in the General Appropriations Act.

Such authorized revisions, together with related changes, if any, in the plan for release of appropriations, shall be transmitted by the state agency or by the judicial branch to the Comptroller for entry in the Comptroller's records in the manner and format prescribed by the Executive Office of the Governor in consultation with the Comptroller. A copy of such revision shall be furnished to the Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice, the chair and vice chair of the Legislative Budget Commission, the Auditor General, and the director of the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.

(4)(a)  The head of each department or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may transfer funds within programs identified in the General Appropriations Act from identical funding sources between the following appropriation categories without limitation so long as such a transfer does not result in an increase to the total recurring general revenue or trust fund cost of the agency or entity of the judicial branch in the subsequent fiscal year: other personal services, expenses, operating capital outlay, food products, performance-based program budgeting lump sums, acquisition of motor vehicles, data processing services, operating and maintenance of patrol vehicles, overtime payments, salary incentive payments, compensation to retired judges, law libraries, and juror and witness payments. Such transfers must be consistent with legislative policy and intent and must not adversely affect achievement of approved performance outcomes or outputs in any program. Notice of proposed transfers under this authority shall be provided to the Executive Office of the Governor and the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees at least 5 working days prior to their implementation.

(b)  The head of each department or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may transfer funds and positions from identical funding sources between salaries and benefits appropriation categories within programs identified in the General Appropriations Act. Such transfers must be consistent with legislative policy and intent and must not adversely affect achievement of approved performance outcomes or outputs in any program. Notice of proposed transfers under this authority shall be provided to the Executive Office of the Governor and the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees at least 5 working days prior to their implementation.

(5)(a)  Transfers of appropriations for operations from the General Revenue Fund in excess of those provided in subsections (3) and (4) but within a state agency or within the judicial branch may be authorized by the commission for the executive branch and the Chief Justice for the judicial branch, 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, review, and objection procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(b)  Transfers of appropriations for operations from trust funds in excess of those provided in subsection (4) which are greater than 5 percent of the original approved budget or $1 million, whichever is greater, but within a state agency or within the judicial branch may be authorized by the 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, review, and objection procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(c)  When an appropriation for a named fixed capital outlay project is found to be in excess of that needed to complete that project, at the request of the Executive Office of the Governor for state agencies or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the judicial branch the excess may be transferred, with the approval of the commission or the Chief Justice, to another project for which there has been an appropriation in the same fiscal year from the same fund and within the same department where a deficiency is found to exist. The scope of a fixed capital outlay project may not be changed by any transfer of funds made pursuant to this subsection. The provisions of this paragraph are subject to the notice, review, and objection procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(d)  A fixed capital outlay project may not be initiated without a specific legislative appropriation.

(e)  Federal funds for fixed capital outlay projects for the Department of Military Affairs which do not carry a continuing commitment on future appropriations by the Legislature may be approved by the Executive Office of the Governor for the purpose received. The provisions of this paragraph are subject to the notice, review, and objection procedures set forth in s. 216.177.

(6)  Upon request of a department to, and approval by, the Comptroller, funds appropriated may be transferred to accounts established for disbursement purposes upon release of such appropriation. Such transfer may only be made to the same appropriation category and the same funding source from which the funds are transferred.

(7)  Any transfers from the Working Capital Fund to the General Revenue Fund may be approved provided such transfers were identified or contemplated by the Legislature in the original approved budget.

(8)(a)  Should any state agency or the judicial branch become more than 90 days delinquent on reimbursements due to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, the Department of Labor and Employment Security shall certify to the Comptroller the amount due; and the Comptroller shall transfer the amount due to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund from any funds of the agency available.

(b)  Should any state agency or the judicial branch become more than 90 days delinquent in paying the Division of Risk Management of the Department of Insurance for insurance coverage, the Department of Insurance may certify to the Comptroller the amount due; and the Comptroller shall transfer the amount due to the Division of Risk Management from any funds of the agency or the judicial branch available.

(9)  Moneys appropriated in the General Appropriations Act for the purpose of paying for services provided by the state communications system in the Department of Management Services shall be paid by the user agencies, or the judicial branch, within 45 days after the billing date. Billed amounts not paid by the user agencies, or by the judicial branch, shall be transferred by the Comptroller from the user agencies to the Communications Working Capital Trust Fund.

(10)  The Comptroller shall report all such transfers and the reasons for such transfers to the legislative appropriations committees and the Executive Office of the Governor.

(11)  Where any reorganization has been authorized by the Legislature and the necessary adjustments of appropriations and positions have not been provided in the General Appropriations Act, the Legislative Budget Commission may approve, consistent with legislative policy and intent, the necessary transfers to accomplish the purposes of such reorganization within state agencies. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may approve such transfers for the judicial branch.

1(12)  For the 2001-2002 fiscal year only and notwithstanding the other provisions of this section, the Department of Children and Family Services may transfer funds within the family safety program identified in the General Appropriations Act from identical funding sources between the following appropriation categories without limitation as long as such a transfer does not result in an increase to the total recurring general revenue or trust fund cost of the agency in the subsequent fiscal year: adoption services and subsidy; family foster care; and emergency shelter care. Such transfers must be consistent with legislative policy and intent and must not adversely affect achievement of approved performance outcomes or outputs in the family safety program. Notice of proposed transfers under this authority must be provided to the Executive Office of the Governor and the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees at least 5 working days before their implementation. This subsection expires July 1, 2002.

History.--s. 31, ch. 69-106; s. 18, ch. 71-354; s. 15, ch. 81-169; s. 21, ch. 83-49; ss. 7, 8, ch. 83-332; s. 7, ch. 87-137; s. 64, ch. 87-548; s. 7, ch. 88-557; s. 14, ch. 89-51; s. 72, ch. 92-142; s. 160, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 14, ch. 94-249; s. 1515, ch. 95-147; ss. 3, 24, ch. 95-430; s. 3, ch. 96-420; s. 21, ch. 97-94; s. 2, ch. 97-153; s. 8, ch. 97-259; ss. 3, 38, ch. 98-46; s. 9, ch. 98-73; s. 6, ch. 98-279; s. 9, ch. 2000-157; s. 34, ch. 2000-371; s. 14, ch. 2001-56; s. 5, ch. 2001-61; s. 19, ch. 2001-254; s. 8, ch. 2001-261; s. 60, ch. 2001-266.

1Note.--Section 19, ch. 2001-254, added subsection (12) "[i]n order to implement Specific Appropriations 348, 350A, and 350C of the 2001-2002 General Appropriations Act."

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