Section 216.292, Florida Statutes 2009
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 such moneys may be transferred as provided in this section 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. Appropriations may not be transferred between state agencies, or between a state agency and the judicial branch, unless specifically authorized by law.
(b)1. Authorized revisions of the original approved operating budget, together with related changes in the plan for release of appropriations, if any, shall be transmitted by the state agency or by the judicial branch to the Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice, respectively, the chairs of the Senate and the House of Representatives appropriations committees, 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 may not conflict with specific spending policies specified in the General Appropriations Act.
2. 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 Chief Financial Officer for entry in the Chief Financial Officer's records in the manner and format prescribed by the Executive Office of the Governor in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer.
3. The Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice shall forward a copy of the revisions within 7 working days 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.
(2) The following transfers are authorized to be made by the head of each department or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court whenever it is deemed necessary by reason of changed conditions:
(a) The transfer of appropriations funded from identical funding sources, except appropriations for fixed capital outlay, and the transfer of amounts included within the total original approved budget and plans of releases of appropriations as furnished pursuant to ss. 216.181 and 216.192, as follows:
1. 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 $250,000, whichever is greater, by all action taken under this subsection.
2. 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 $250,000, whichever is greater, by all action taken under this subsection.
3. Any agency exceeding salary rate established pursuant to s. 216.181(8) on June 30th of any fiscal year shall not be authorized to make transfers pursuant to subparagraphs 1. and 2. in the subsequent fiscal year.
4. Notice of proposed transfers under subparagraphs 1. and 2. shall be provided to the Executive Office of the Governor and the chairs of the legislative appropriations committees at least 3 days prior to agency implementation in order to provide an opportunity for review. The review shall be limited to ensuring that the transfer is in compliance with the requirements of this paragraph.
(b) After providing notice at least 5 working days prior to implementation:
1. The transfer of 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, state attorney and public defender operations, 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.
2. The transfer of 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 may not adversely affect achievement of approved performance outcomes or outputs in any program.
(c) The transfer of funds appropriated to accounts established for disbursement purposes upon release of such appropriation upon request of a department and approval by the Chief Financial Officer. Such transfer may only be made to the same appropriation category and the same funding source from which the funds are transferred.
(d) The transfer of funds by the Executive Office of the Governor from appropriations for public school operations to a fixed capital outlay appropriation for class size reduction based on recommendations of the Florida Education Finance Program Appropriation Allocation Conference or the Legislative Budget Commission pursuant to s. 1003.03(4)(a). Actions by the Governor under this subsection are subject to the notice and review provisions of s. 216.177.
(3) The following transfers are authorized with the approval of the Executive Office of the Governor for the executive branch or the Chief Justice for the judicial branch, subject to the notice and objection provisions of s. 216.177:
(a) The transfer of appropriations for operations from trust funds in excess of those provided in subsection (2), up to $1 million.
(b) The transfer of positions between budget entities.
(4) The following transfers are authorized with the approval of the Legislative Budget Commission. Unless waived by the chair and vice chair of the commission, notice of such transfers must be provided 14 days before the commission meeting:
(a) The transfer of appropriations for operations from the General Revenue Fund in excess of those provided in this section but within a state agency or within the judicial branch, as recommended by the Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(b) The transfer of appropriations for operations from trust funds in excess of those authorized in subsection (2) or subsection (3), as recommended by the Executive Office of the Governor or the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(c) The transfer of the portion of an appropriation for a named fixed capital outlay project found to be in excess of that needed to complete the project 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, 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 scope of a fixed capital outlay project may not be changed by any transfer of funds made pursuant to this subsection.
(d) The transfers necessary to accomplish the purposes of reorganization within state agencies or the judicial branch authorized by the Legislature when the necessary adjustments of appropriations and positions have not been provided in the General Appropriations Act.
1(5)(a) A transfer of funds may not result in the initiation of a fixed capital outlay project that has not received a specific legislative appropriation.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), and for the 2009-2010 fiscal year only, the Governor may recommend the initiation of fixed capital outlay projects funded by grants awarded by the Federal Government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. All actions taken pursuant to the authority granted in the paragraph are subject to review and approval by the Legislative Budget Commission. This paragraph expires July 1, 2010.
(6) The Chief Financial Officer shall transfer from any available funds of an agency or the judicial branch the following amounts and shall report all such transfers and the reasons therefor to the legislative appropriations committees and the Executive Office of the Governor:
(a) The amount due to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund which is more than 90 days delinquent on reimbursements due to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. The amount transferred shall be that certified by the state agency providing unemployment tax collection services under contract with the Agency for Workforce Innovation through an interagency agreement pursuant to s. 443.1316.
(b) The amount due to the Division of Risk Management which is more than 90 days delinquent in payment to the Division of Risk Management of the Department of Financial Services for insurance coverage. The amount transferred shall be that certified by the division.
(c) The amount due to the Communications Working Capital Trust Fund from 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 which is unpaid 45 days after the billing date. The amount transferred shall be that billed by the department.
(7) The provisions of this section do not apply to the budgets for the legislative branch.
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; ss. 12, 79, ch. 2002-402; s. 5, ch. 2003-36; s. 249, ch. 2003-261; s. 24, ch. 2003-391; s. 22, ch. 2003-399; s. 2, ch. 2003-417; s. 4, ch. 2004-269; s. 9, ch. 2005-3; ss. 5, 45, ch. 2005-71; s. 38, ch. 2005-152; s. 38, ch. 2006-26; s. 35, ch. 2006-122; ss. 8, 30, ch. 2007-73; s. 5, ch. 2007-98; s. 4, ch. 2009-20; s. 10, ch. 2009-82.
1Note.--Section 10, ch. 2009-82, amended subsection (5) "[i]n order to implement sections 2 through 7 of the 2009-2010 General Appropriations Act."