Bill Text: FL S0652 | 2020 | Regular Session | Comm Sub

Bill Title: Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Failed) 2020-03-14 - Died in Appropriations [S0652 Detail]

Download: Florida-2020-S0652-Comm_Sub.html
       Florida Senate - 2020                              CS for SB 652
       By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Pizzo
       591-02747-20                                           2020652c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Urban Core Gun Violence Task
    3         Force; creating s. 943.6872, F.S.; creating the Urban
    4         Core Gun Violence Task Force; requiring the task force
    5         to comply with specified requirements; providing for
    6         membership; providing for staff support; providing
    7         requirements for meetings; specifying duties and
    8         powers of the task force; authorizing the task force
    9         to seek assistance from state agencies; providing for
   10         access to certain information and records; requiring
   11         an initial report; authorizing annual reports;
   12         providing for repeal of the task force; providing an
   13         effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Section 943.6872, Florida Statutes, is created
   18  to read:
   19         943.6872 Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force.—
   20         (1) The Urban Core Gun Violence Task Force, a task force as
   21  defined in s. 20.03, is created within the Department of Law
   22  Enforcement. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the
   23  task force shall comply with the requirements of s. 20.052.
   24         (2)(a) The 10-member task force shall convene no later than
   25  September 1, 2020, and must be composed of 2 members appointed
   26  by each of the following: the President of the Senate, the
   27  Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
   28  Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of
   29  Representatives, and the Governor. Appointments must be made by
   30  August 1, 2020. The Governor shall appoint a chair from among
   31  the members. Members serve at the pleasure of the officer who
   32  appointed them. A vacancy on the task force must be filled in
   33  the same manner as the original appointment. At least five of
   34  the task force members must be women and at least six must be
   35  members of racial minority groups.
   36         (b) The General Counsel of the Department of Law
   37  Enforcement shall serve as the general counsel for the task
   38  force.
   39         (c) The chair shall assign staff from the Department of Law
   40  Enforcement and the Department of Juvenile Justice to assist the
   41  task force in performing its duties.
   42         (d) The task force shall meet on a quarterly basis or at
   43  the call of the chair, as necessary to conduct its work, at a
   44  time and location in this state designated by the chair. The
   45  task force may not conduct its meetings through teleconferences
   46  or other similar means.
   47         (3) The task force shall investigate system failures and
   48  the causes of high crime rates and gun violence incidents in
   49  urban core neighborhoods and communities. In addition, the task
   50  force shall develop recommendations for solutions, programs,
   51  services, and strategies for improved interagency communications
   52  between local and state government agencies which will help
   53  facilitate the reduction of crime and gun violence in urban core
   54  neighborhoods and communities.
   55         (4) The task force may call upon appropriate state
   56  government agencies for such professional assistance as may be
   57  needed in the discharge of its duties, and such agencies shall
   58  provide such assistance in a timely manner.
   59         (5) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the task
   60  force may request and shall be provided with access to any
   61  information or records that pertain to crime and gun violence
   62  incidents in this state’s urban core neighborhoods and
   63  communities. Information or records obtained by the task force
   64  which are otherwise exempt or confidential and exempt shall
   65  retain such exempt or confidential and exempt status, and the
   66  task force may not disclose any such information or records.
   67         (6) The task force shall submit an initial report on its
   68  findings and recommendations to the Governor, the President of
   69  the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by
   70  January 1, 2021, and may issue reports annually thereafter.
   71         (7) This section is repealed on December 31, 2025.
   72         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.