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Title XXV AVIATION
Chapter 332 AIRPORTS AND OTHER AIR NAVIGATION FACILITIES
SECTION 0075Commercial service airports; transparency and accountability; penalty.
332.0075 Commercial service airports; transparency and accountability; penalty.—
(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Commercial service airport” means a primary airport as defined in 49 U.S.C. s. 47102 which is classified as a large, medium, or small hub airport by the Federal Aviation Administration.
(b) “Consent agenda” means an agenda which consists of items voted on as a group and which does not provide the opportunity for public comment on each such item before approval or disapproval by the governing body.
(c) “Department” means the Department of Transportation.
(d) “Governing body” means the governing body of the county, municipality, or special district that operates a commercial service airport.
(2) Each governing body shall establish and maintain a website to post information relating to the operation of a commercial service airport, including:
(a) All published notices of meetings and published meeting agendas of the governing body.
(b) The official minutes of each meeting of the governing body, which shall be posted within 7 business days after the date of the meeting in which the minutes were approved.
(c) The approved budget for the commercial service airport for the current fiscal year, which shall be posted within 7 business days after the date of adoption. Budgets must remain on the website for 2 years after the conclusion of the fiscal year for which they were adopted.
(d) A link to the Airport Master Plan for the commercial service airport on the commercial service airport’s website.
(e) A link to all financial and statistical reports for the commercial service airport on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.
(f) Any contract or contract amendment for the purchase of commodities or contractual services executed by or on behalf of the commercial service airport in excess of the threshold amount provided in s. 287.017 for CATEGORY FIVE, which shall be posted no later than 7 business days after the commercial service airport executes the contract or contract amendment. However, a contract or contract amendment may not reveal information made confidential or exempt by law. Each commercial service airport must redact confidential or exempt information from each contract or contract amendment before posting a copy on its website.
(g) Position and rate information for each employee of the commercial service airport, including, at a minimum, the employee’s position title, position description, and annual or hourly salary. This information shall be updated annually.
(3)(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, commercial service airports shall use competitive solicitation processes consistent with the requirements of s. 287.057 for purchases of commodities or contractual services which exceed the threshold amount provided in s. 287.017 for CATEGORY FIVE. If the purchase of commodities or contractual services exceeds the threshold amount provided in s. 287.017 for CATEGORY FIVE, the purchase of commodities or contractual services may not be made without receiving competitive sealed bids, competitive sealed proposals, or competitive sealed replies unless an exception consistent with an exception provided in s. 287.057(3) applies or an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare or other substantial loss to the commercial service airport requires emergency action.
(b)1. A governing body must approve, award, or ratify any contract for commodities or contractual services executed by or on behalf of a commercial service airport as a separate line item on the agenda and must provide a reasonable opportunity for public comment if such contract is executed by or on behalf of a commercial service airport that is classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a:
a. Small hub airport and the contract amount exceeds $500,000.
b. Medium hub airport and the contract amount exceeds $1 million.
c. Large hub airport and the contract amount exceeds $1.5 million.
2. A contract that exceeds the amounts specified in subparagraph 1. may not be approved, awarded, or ratified as part of a consent agenda.
(4)(a) Members of a governing body and employees of a commercial service airport are subject to part III of chapter 112. However, this paragraph does not prohibit the application of more stringent ethical standards adopted by county or municipal charter, ordinance, or resolution of the governing body for its members and employees.
(b) Beginning January 1, 2021, each member of a governing body must complete 4 hours of ethics training each calendar year which addresses, at a minimum, s. 8, Art. II of the State Constitution, the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees, and the public records and public meetings laws of this state. This requirement may be satisfied by completion of a continuing legal education class or other continuing professional education class, seminar, or presentation if the required subject material is covered therein. Constitutional officers and elected municipal officers who are members of the governing body who complete the ethics training required in s. 112.3142 shall be considered in compliance with this paragraph.
(5)(a) Each November 1, the governing body of each commercial service airport shall submit the following information to the department:
1. Its approved budget for the current fiscal year.
2. Any financial reports submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration during the previous calendar year.
3. A link to its website.
4. A statement, verified as provided in s. 92.525, that it has complied with part III of chapter 112, chapter 287, and this section.
(b) The department shall review the information submitted by the governing body of the commercial service airport and posted on the airport’s website to determine the accuracy of such information. Each January 15, the department shall submit to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a report summarizing commercial service airport compliance with this section.
(6) The department may not expend any funds allocated to a commercial service airport as contained in the adopted work program, unless pledged for debt service, until the commercial service airport demonstrates its compliance with this section.
History.—s. 3, ch. 2020-167; s. 71, ch. 2023-8; s. 1, ch. 2023-187.