CRC - 2017                                   COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Proposal No. P 44
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: FAV            .                                
                  02/12/2018           .                                

       The Committee on Education (Washington) recommended the
    1         CRC Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5                             ARTICLE IX                            
    6                              EDUCATION                            
    7         SECTION 7. State University System.—
    8         (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence through
    9  teaching students, advancing research and providing public
   10  service for the benefit of Florida’s citizens, their communities
   11  and economies, the people hereby establish a system of
   12  governance for the state university system of Florida.
   13         (b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. There shall be a single state
   14  university system comprised of all public universities. A board
   15  of trustees shall administer each public university and a board
   16  of governors shall govern the state university system.
   17         (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each local constituent
   18  university shall be administered by a board of trustees
   19  consisting of thirteen members dedicated to the purposes of the
   20  state university system. The board of governors shall establish
   21  the powers and duties of the boards of trustees. Each board of
   22  trustees shall consist of six citizen members appointed by the
   23  governor and five citizen members appointed by the board of
   24  governors. The appointed members shall be confirmed by the
   25  senate and serve staggered terms of five years as provided by
   26  law. The chair of the faculty senate, or the equivalent, and the
   27  president of the student body of the university shall also be
   28  members.
   29         (d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. The board of governors
   30  shall be a body corporate consisting of seventeen members. The
   31  board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible
   32  for the management of the whole university system. These
   33  responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, defining
   34  the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its
   35  articulation with free public schools and community colleges,
   36  ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the
   37  system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or
   38  programs. The board’s management shall be subject to the powers
   39  of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds,
   40  and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by
   41  law. The governor shall appoint to the board fourteen citizens
   42  dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The
   43  appointed members shall be confirmed by the senate and serve
   44  staggered terms of seven years as provided by law. The
   45  commissioner of education, the chair of the advisory council of
   46  faculty senates, or the equivalent, and the president of the
   47  Florida student association, or the equivalent, shall also be
   48  members of the board.
   49         (e) TUITION. Tuition shall be established exclusively by
   50  law. The legislature may not raise tuition except through
   51  legislation approved by two-thirds of the membership of each
   52  house of the legislature and presented to the Governor for
   53  approval. Any increase to tuition authorized under this section
   54  must be contained in a separate bill that contains no other
   55  subject.
   56         (f) FEES. Any proposal or action of a constituent
   57  university to raise, impose, or authorize any fee, as authorized
   58  by law, must be approved by at least nine affirmative votes of
   59  the members of the board of trustees of the constituent
   60  university and at least twelve affirmative votes of the members
   61  of the board of governors in order to take effect.
   63  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   64  And the title is amended as follows:
   65         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   66  and insert:
   67                         A proposal to amend                       
   68         Section 7 of Article IX of the State Constitution to
   69  provide that the legislature shall not raise tuition except
   70  through legislation approved by two-thirds of the membership of
   71  each house of the legislature and presented to the Governor for
   72  approval; require that any legislation that raises tuition be
   73  contained in a separate bill that contains no other subject;
   74  establish minimum vote thresholds for university boards of
   75  trustees and the board of governors to impose or authorize a new
   76  fee or increase an existing fee, as authorized by law.