Bill Text: FL S2204 | 2010 | Regular Session | Engrossed

Bill Title: Chief Financial Officer Duties [WPSC]

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Failed) 2010-04-30 - Died in Messages [S2204 Detail]

Download: Florida-2010-S2204-Engrossed.html
CS for SJR 2204                            First Engrossed (ntc) 
1                       Senate Joint Resolution 
2         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4 
3         of Article IV of the State Constitution, relating to 
4         the duties of the Chief Financial Officer. 
6  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 
8         That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article IV of 
9  the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 
10  the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 
11  general election or at an earlier special election specifically 
12  authorized by law for that purpose: 
13                             ARTICLE IV 
14                              EXECUTIVE 
15         SECTION 4. Cabinet.— 
16         (a) There shall be a cabinet composed of an attorney 
17  general, a chief financial officer, and a commissioner of 
18  agriculture. In addition to the powers and duties specified 
19  herein, they shall exercise such powers and perform such duties 
20  as may be prescribed by law. In the event of a tie vote of the 
21  governor and cabinet, the side on which the governor voted shall 
22  be deemed to prevail. 
23         (b) The attorney general shall be the chief state legal 
24  officer. There is created in the office of the attorney general 
25  the position of statewide prosecutor. The statewide prosecutor 
26  shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the state attorneys to 
27  prosecute violations of criminal laws occurring or having 
28  occurred, in two or more judicial circuits as part of a related 
29  transaction, or when any such offense is affecting or has 
30  affected two or more judicial circuits as provided by general 
31  law. The statewide prosecutor shall be appointed by the attorney 
32  general from not less than three persons nominated by the 
33  judicial nominating commission for the supreme court, or as 
34  otherwise provided by general law. 
35         (c) The chief financial officer shall serve as the chief 
36  fiscal officer of the state, and shall settle and approve 
37  accounts against the state, and shall keep all state funds and 
38  securities. It is a paramount duty of the state to collect, 
39  maintain, and make available accurate, verifiable, and auditable 
40  state and local government financial information. Accordingly, 
41  the chief financial officer shall: 
42         (1)Establish and maintain uniform accounting of funds for 
43  the legislative and judicial branches and all state agencies, 
44  state universities, state and community colleges, school 
45  districts, water management districts, other local governments, 
46  and all statutorily authorized governmental entities; and 
47         (2) Supervise matters pertaining to the accounting of 
48  funds, except as otherwise provided by law. Enforcement 
49  mechanisms involving financial or budgetary restrictions that 
50  ensure compliance with accounting procedures and financial 
51  requirements may be imposed as provided by general law. 
52         (d) The commissioner of agriculture shall have supervision 
53  of matters pertaining to agriculture except as otherwise 
54  provided by law. 
55         (e) The governor as chair, the chief financial officer, and 
56  the attorney general shall constitute the state board of 
57  administration, which shall succeed to all the power, control, 
58  and authority of the state board of administration established 
59  pursuant to Article IX, Section 16 of the Constitution of 1885, 
60  and which shall continue as a body at least for the life of 
61  Article XII, Section 9(c). 
62         (f) The governor as chair, the chief financial officer, the 
63  attorney general, and the commissioner of agriculture shall 
64  constitute the trustees of the internal improvement trust fund 
65  and the land acquisition trust fund as provided by law. 
66         (g) The governor as chair, the chief financial officer, the 
67  attorney general, and the commissioner of agriculture shall 
68  constitute the agency head of the Department of Law Enforcement. 
69         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 
70  placed on the ballot: 
71                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 
72                        ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4 
74  amendment to the State Constitution to require the Chief 
75  Financial Officer to establish and maintain uniform accounting 
76  of funds for the legislative and judicial branches and all 
77  governmental entities and supervise such accounting, and to 
78  authorize the enforcement of financial and budgetary 
79  restrictions provided by law which ensure compliance with 
80  accounting procedures and financial requirements.