CRC Proposal #46, Land Acquisition Trust Fund, ~Clarifying Language in the Constitution for Citizen Initiative, Amendment 1, of 2014
I will present proposal #46 to the CRC Legislative Committee this Wednesday. You can support this proposal, or express your thoughts on the issue by writing the members of the Legislative Committee: https://www.flcrc.gov/Committees/LE/, or by attending the meeting and speaking briefly during public comment. The Chair is Jose Felix Diaz.
Please see the link for my blog post on this proposal: https://jacquithurlowlippisch.com/2017/11/14/2014s-amendment-1-ignored-clarifying-intent-for-the-legislature-in-floridas-constitution/
In summary, it is to clarify language so that funds do not include agency salaries, risk management costs, the purchase of vehicles, etc…and clearly states that “no less than one-third of doc-stamp revenue must be deposited into the Florida Forever Trust Fund.”
CRC - 2017 P 46 By Commissioner Thurlow-Lippisch thurlowlj-00052-17 201746__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 28 of Article X of the State Constitution to 3 revise the manner of the distribution of funds that 4 are deposited into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund 5 from a portion of the net revenues derived from the 6 excise tax on documents. 7 8 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 9 Florida: 10 11 Section 28 of Article X of the State Constitution is 12 amended to read: 13 ARTICLE X 14 MISCELLANEOUS 15 SECTION 28. Land Acquisition Trust Fund.— 16 (a) Effective on July 1 of the year following passage of 17 this amendment by the voters, and for a period of 20 years after 18 that effective date, the Land Acquisition Trust Fund shall 19 receive no less than 33 percent of net revenues derived from the 20 existing excise tax on documents, as defined in the statutes in 21 effect on January 1, 2012, as amended from time to time, or any 22 successor or replacement tax, after the Department of Revenue 23 first deducts a service charge to pay the costs of the 24 collection and enforcement of the excise tax on documents. 25 (b) Funds in the Land Acquisition Trust Fund shall be 26 expended only for the following purposes: 27 (1) No less than one-third of the revenue must be deposited 28 into the Florida Forever Trust Fund, as defined by the statutes 29 in effect on January 1, 2017. 30 (2) The remainder must be expended as provided by law, to 31 finance or refinance: the acquisition
and improvementof land, 32 water areas, and related property interests, including 33 conservation easements, and natural resources for conservation 34 lands including wetlands, forests, and fish and wildlife 35 habitat; wildlife management areas; lands that protect water 36 resources and drinking water sources, including lands protecting 37 the water quality and quantity of rivers, lakes, streams, 38 springsheds, and lands providing recharge for groundwater and 39 aquifer systems; lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area and 40 the Everglades Protection Area, as defined in Article II, 41 Section 7(b); beaches and shores; outdoor recreation lands, 42 including recreational trails, parks, and urban open space; 43 rural landscapes; working farms and ranches; historic or 44 geologic sites; together with management, restoration of natural 45 systems, and the enhancement of public access or recreational 46 enjoyment of conservation lands. 47 (3) (2)To pay the debt service on bonds issued pursuant to 48 Article VII, Section 11(e) as may be required. 49 (c) The moneys deposited into the Land Acquisition Trust 50 Fund, as defined by the statutes in effect on January 1, 2012, 51 shall not be or become commingled with the general revenue fund 52 of the state.