Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 1068
An act relating to water resources; creating the Water Management District
Review Commission; prescribing its duties and responsibilities; providing
for legislative review of as. 373.069-373.197, F.S., relating to water re-
sources; providing an effective date.
WHEREAS, the Water Resources Act of 1972 established the system of water
management districts in the state and provided policy to guide district operations,
WHEREAS, water management districts have significant responsibilities for
managing water resources through regulatory and land acquisition measures, and
WHEREAS, water management districts have grown and expanded their activi-
ties into multi-million dollar operations that employ several thousand employees,
WHEREAS, water management districts are governed by boards whose mem-
bers are appointed by the Governor, and such boards have broad powers, including
the power to levy ad valorem taxes, and
WHEREAS, more than 20 years have passed since the Legislature enacted the
Water Resources Act of 1972, and a comprehensive review of water management
districts should now be undertaken to assure that they are functioning in a manner
consistent with established legislative policies, NOW, THEREFORE,
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. Water Management District Review Commission.-
(1) There is created the Water Management District Review Commission con-
sisting of 21 members. The Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker
of the House of Representatives shall each appoint seven members. Each appoint-
ing authority shall appoint two members from professions that are closely related
to water management activities, such as hydrologists, geologists, and civil engi-
neers; one member who has substantial expertise representing environmental in-
terests; one member who has substantial expertise representing land development
interests; and one member who has substantial expertise representing agricultural
interest. The Governor shall appoint one member who is an elected municipal offi-
cer of a municipality of less than 50,000 in population and one member who is an
elected county officer of a county of less than 100,000 in population. The President
shall appoint two members of the Senate. The Speaker of the House of Representa-
tives shall appoint two members of the House of Representatives. Each appointing
authority shall consider ethnic and gender balance in addition to particular exper-
tise when making appointments.
(2) Each member may receive per diem and expenses for travel, as provided
in section 112.061, Florida Statutes, while carrying out official business of the com-
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(3) The commission shall be staffed by an executive director and other person-
iel who are appointed by the commission and who are exempt from part II of chap-
.er 110, Florida Statutes, relating to the Career Service System. The commission
nay employ staff and consultants as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities.
(4) The commission is assigned, for administrative purposes, to the Joint Leg-
slative Management Committee within the Legislature.
(5) Appointments must be made by July 1, 1994, and the commission's first
meeting must be held by August 31, 1994. The commission shall continue to exist
intil December 1, 1995. A chairman shall be designated by the Governor.
Section 2. Duties and responsibilities.-The Water Management Review Com-
(1) Hold a minimum of five public hearings, including at least one at an easily
accessible central location within each water management district, to receive pub-
ic comment and input relative to the operation of the water management districts
md laws they administer.
(2) Perform a comprehensive review of Florida's system of regional water man-
igement and the water management districts including, but not limited to:
(a) The legal responsibilities assigned to the water management districts and
whether the responsibilities should be modified;
(b) The need for a system of water management districts and a system of dis-
rict offices of the Department of Environmental Protection;
(c) Ways to improve the planning and management activities for land owned
)y the water management districts and water resources by reorganizing and inte-
;rating the responsibilities of water management districts, regional planning coun-
:ils, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Commu-
(d) The costs of operating the districts;
(e) Funding mechanisms available to the water management districts to carry
>ut their responsibilities;
(f) Ways to improve the financial and programmatic accountability of districts;
(g) Alternatives to water management district management of district lands,
including the feasibility of land management by the Department of Environmental
protection other state or federal agencies, local governments, and non-
;overnmental entities, singly or in combination;
(h) The need for revision to the budget development and adoption procedures
)f the districts including revision of the laws governing the procedures for budget
development, adoption, the levy of ad valorem taxes and the public noticing proce-
lures in chapters 200 and 373, Florida Statutes;
(i) Whether to continue the current system of appointed members of governing
)oards of water management districts or the feasibility of using a system of elected
members, or a combination of elected and appointed members to serve on the gov-
erning boards, including the feasibility of selecting qualified board members simi-
ar to that of the judicial nominating commissions or the Public Service Commis-
lion Nominating Council; and
(j) The feasibility of creating new committees, subcommittees, or a joint coir
mittee of the Senate and House of Representatives with the expressed purpose (
continuing legislative oversight of water resources management in Florida.
(3) Submit to the Governor and the Legislature by September 1, 1995, a repol
making specific recommendations relating to water management districts.
Section 3. Sections 373.069, 373.0691, 373.0693, 373.0695, 373.0697, 373.0691
373.073, 373.0735, 373.076, 373.079, 373.083, 373.084, 373.085, 373.086, 373.08'
373.088, 373.089, 373.093, 373.096, 373.099, 373.103, 373.106, 373.107, 373.10!
373.113, 373.114, 373.116, 373.117, 373.118, 373.119, 373.123, 373.129, 373.131
373.139, 373.1395, 373.1401, 373.146, 373.149, 373.171, 373.1725, 373.175, 373.181
373.191,373.196,373.1961,373.1962, 373.1963, 373.1965, and 373.197, Florida Stal
utes, shall be reviewed by the Legislature before October 1, 1996.
Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
Became a law without the Governor's approval May 28, 1994.
Filed in Office Secretary of State May 27, 1994.
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