Bill Text: FL S1480 | 2023 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Grants for Nonprofit Organization Safety

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (? 2-1)

Status: (Passed) 2023-06-02 - Chapter No. 2023-180 [S1480 Detail]

Download: Florida-2023-S1480-Enrolled.html
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    2         An act relating to grants for nonprofit organization
    3         safety; creating s. 252.3712, F.S.; requiring the
    4         Division of Emergency Management to establish a
    5         specified grant program; providing eligibility
    6         requirements; requiring the grants to be used for
    7         certain purposes; providing for eligibility; providing
    8         limitations on the amount of grant awards; authorizing
    9         the division to use a certain amount of funding for
   10         administration of the program; requiring the division
   11         to adopt rules; providing for future repeal; providing
   12         an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Section 252.3712, Florida Statutes, is created
   17  to read:
   18         252.3712Nonprofit Security Grant Program.—
   19         (1)The division shall establish a Nonprofit Security Grant
   20  Program that shall consist of funds appropriated by the
   21  Legislature to nonprofit organizations, including houses of
   22  worship and community centers, that are at high risk for violent
   23  attacks or hate crimes. The grants may be used to increase
   24  security and safety, including, but not limited to:
   25         (a)The purchase and installation of security
   26  infrastructure, perimeter lighting, door hardening, security
   27  camera systems, perimeter fencing, barriers and bollards, and
   28  blast-resistant film and shatter-resistant glass for windows.
   29         (b)Hiring security personnel.
   30         (c)Training for security personnel and staff on threat
   31  awareness, emergency procedures, and first aid.
   32         (2)The division shall award grants to applicants who were
   33  deemed eligible for but did not receive funding from the United
   34  States Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security
   35  Grant Program within the federal fiscal year.
   36         (3)The minimum amount of any grant award is $10,000, and
   37  the maximum grant award amount is $150,000. The total amount of
   38  funds available for the program is limited to the amount
   39  appropriated by the Legislature.
   40         (4)The division may use up to 3 percent of the total
   41  amount appropriated to administer the grant program.
   42         (5)The division shall adopt rules to administer this
   43  section, including rules providing criteria for all of the
   44  following:
   45         (a)Awarding of grant funds to an owner of a facility for
   46  hardening security measures.
   47         (b)Awarding of grant funds to an owner or a renter of a
   48  facility for nonhardening security measures.
   49         (c)Establishing the need for grant funds to be awarded to
   50  an owner or a renter of a facility that has been operational for
   51  a period of at least 6 months or that has received a sufficient
   52  number of threats.
   53         (6)This section is repealed January 1, 2028, unless
   54  reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment by the
   55  Legislature.
   56         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.