CRC - 2017 P 6002 By the Committee on Style and Drafting 350-00432-17 20176002__ 1 2 REVISION 2 3 4 A proposal to amend Section 7 of Article IX of the 5 State Constitution to establish minimum vote 6 thresholds for university boards of trustees and the 7 board of governors to impose or authorize a new fee or 8 increase an existing fee, as authorized by law; create 9 Section 8 of Article IX of the State Constitution to 10 specify the purposes of the State College System and 11 to provide for the governance structure of the system; 12 and create a new section in Article X of the State 13 Constitution to establish the right of survivors of 14 specified first responders and military members to 15 death benefits. 16 17 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 18 Florida: 19 20 Section 7 of Article IX of the State Constitution is 21 amended, and section 8 is added to that article, to read: 22 ARTICLE IX 23 EDUCATION 24 SECTION 7. State University System.— 25 (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence through 26 teaching students, advancing research and providing public 27 service for the benefit of Florida’s citizens, their communities 28 and economies, the people hereby establish a system of 29 governance for the state university system of Florida. 30 (b) STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. There shall be a single state 31 university system comprised of all public universities. A board 32 of trustees shall administer each public university and a board 33 of governors shall govern the state university system. 34 (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each local constituent 35 university shall be administered by a board of trustees 36 consisting of thirteen members dedicated to the purposes of the 37 state university system. The board of governors shall establish 38 the powers and duties of the boards of trustees. Each board of 39 trustees shall consist of six citizen members appointed by the 40 governor and five citizen members appointed by the board of 41 governors. The appointed members shall be confirmed by the 42 senate and serve staggered terms of five years as provided by 43 law. The chair of the faculty senate, or the equivalent, and the 44 president of the student body of the university shall also be 45 members. 46 (d) STATEWIDE BOARD OF GOVERNORS. The board of governors 47 shall be a body corporate consisting of seventeen members. The 48 board shall operate, regulate, control, and be fully responsible 49 for the management of the whole university system. These 50 responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, defining 51 the distinctive mission of each constituent university and its 52 articulation with free public schools and community colleges, 53 ensuring the well-planned coordination and operation of the 54 system, and avoiding wasteful duplication of facilities or 55 programs. The board’s management shall be subject to the powers 56 of the legislature to appropriate for the expenditure of funds, 57 and the board shall account for such expenditures as provided by 58 law. The governor shall appoint to the board fourteen citizens 59 dedicated to the purposes of the state university system. The 60 appointed members shall be confirmed by the senate and serve 61 staggered terms of seven years as provided by law. The 62 commissioner of education, the chair of the advisory council of 63 faculty senates, or the equivalent, and the president of the 64 Florida student association, or the equivalent, shall also be 65 members of the board. 66 (e) FEES. Any proposal or action of a constituent 67 university to raise, impose, or authorize any fee, as authorized 68 by law, must be approved by at least nine affirmative votes of 69 the members of the board of trustees of the constituent 70 university, if approval by the board of trustees is required by 71 general law, and at least twelve affirmative votes of the 72 members of the board of governors, if approval by the board of 73 governors is required by general law, in order to take effect. A 74 fee under this subsection shall not include tuition. 75 SECTION 8. State College System.— 76 (a) PURPOSES. In order to achieve excellence and to provide 77 access to undergraduate education to the students of this state; 78 to originate articulated pathways to a baccalaureate degree; to 79 ensure superior commitment to teaching and learning; and to 80 respond quickly and efficiently to meet the demand of 81 communities by aligning certificate and degree programs with 82 local and regional workforce needs, the people hereby establish 83 a system of governance for the state college system of Florida. 84 (b) STATE COLLEGE SYSTEM. There shall be a single state 85 college system comprised of all public community and state 86 colleges. A local board of trustees shall govern each state 87 college system institution and the state board of education 88 shall supervise the state college system. 89 (c) LOCAL BOARDS OF TRUSTEES. Each state college system 90 institution shall be governed by a local board of trustees 91 dedicated to the purposes of the state college system. A member 92 of a board of trustees must be a resident of the service 93 delivery area of the college. The powers and duties of the 94 boards of trustees shall be provided by law. Each member shall 95 be appointed by the governor to staggered 4-year terms, subject 96 to confirmation by the senate. 97 (d) ROLE OF THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. The state board 98 of education shall supervise the state college system as 99 provided by law. 100 101 A new section is added to Article X of the State 102 Constitution to read: 103 ARTICLE X 104 MISCELLANEOUS 105 Death benefits for survivors of first responders and 106 military members.— 107 (a) A death benefit shall be paid by the employing agency 108 when a firefighter; a paramedic; an emergency medical 109 technician; a law enforcement, correctional, or correctional 110 probation officer; or a member of the Florida National Guard, 111 while engaged in the performance of their official duties, is: 112 (1) Accidentally killed or receives accidental bodily 113 injury which results in the loss of the individual’s life, 114 provided that such killing is not the result of suicide and that 115 such bodily injury is not intentionally self-inflicted; or 116 (2) Unlawfully and intentionally killed or dies as a result 117 of such unlawful and intentional act or is killed during active 118 duty. 119 (b) A death benefit shall be paid by funds from general 120 revenue when an active duty member of the United States Armed 121 Forces is: 122 (1) Accidentally killed or receives accidental bodily 123 injury which results in the loss of the individual’s life, 124 provided that such killing is not the result of suicide and that 125 such bodily injury is not intentionally self-inflicted; or 126 (2) Unlawfully and intentionally killed or dies as a result 127 of such unlawful and intentional act or is killed during active 128 duty. 129 (c) If a firefighter; a paramedic; an emergency medical 130 technician; a law enforcement, correctional, or correctional 131 probation officer; or an active duty member of the Florida 132 National Guard or United States Armed Forces is accidentally 133 killed as specified in paragraphs (a)(1) and (b)(1), or 134 unlawfully and intentionally killed as specified in paragraphs 135 (a)(2) and (b)(2), the state shall waive certain educational 136 expenses that the child or spouse of the deceased first 137 responder or military member incurs while obtaining a career 138 certificate, an undergraduate education, or a postgraduate 139 education. 140 (d) The legislature shall implement this section by general 141 law. 142 (e) This section shall take effect on July 1, 2019. 143 144 BE IT FURTHER PROPOSED that the following statement be placed on 145 the ballot: 146 147 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 148 ARTICLE IX, SECTIONS 7, 8 149 ARTICLE X, NEW SECTION 150 FIRST RESPONDER AND MILITARY MEMBER SURVIVOR BENEFITS; 151 PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.—Creates mandatory payment of 152 education and compensation benefits to qualifying survivors of 153 certain first responders and military members who die performing 154 official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university 155 trustees and state university system board of governors to raise 156 or impose all legislatively authorized fees if law requires 157 approval by those bodies. Establishes existing state college 158 system as constitutional entity; provides governance structure.