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Title XIV
TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 215
FINANCIAL MATTERS: GENERAL PROVISIONS
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F.S. 215.617
215.617 Bonds for state-funded infrastructure bank.
(1) Upon the request of the Department of Transportation, the Division of Bond Finance is authorized pursuant to s. 11, Art. VII of the State Constitution and the State Bond Act to issue revenue bonds, for and on behalf of the Department of Transportation, for the purpose of financing or refinancing the construction, reconstruction, and improvement of projects that are eligible to receive assistance from the state-funded infrastructure bank as provided in s. 339.55. The facilities to be financed with the proceeds of such bonds are designated as state fixed capital outlay projects for the purposes of s. 11(d), Art. VII of the State Constitution, and the specific facilities to be financed shall be determined by the Department of Transportation in accordance with s. 339.55. Each project financed with the proceeds of the bonds issued under this section in the 2003-2004 fiscal year is approved as required by s. 11(f), Art. VII of the State Constitution. In the 2004-2005 fiscal year and thereafter, legislative approval of the department’s tentative work program specifying the State Infrastructure Bank project loans constitutes approval to issue bonds as required by s. 11(f), Art. VII of the State Constitution. The Division of Bond Finance is authorized to consider innovative financing techniques, which may include, but are not limited to, innovative bidding and structures of potential financings that may result in negotiated transactions.
(2) Bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be payable primarily from a prior and superior claim on all state-funded infrastructure bank repayments received each year with respect to state-funded infrastructure bank projects undertaken in accordance with s. 339.55.
(3) The duration of each series of bonds may not exceed 30 annual maturities.
(4) The bonds issued under this section shall not constitute a general obligation or debt of the state or a pledge of the full faith and credit or taxing power of the state. The bonds shall be secured by and are payable from the revenues pledged in accordance with this section and the resolution authorizing their issuance.
(5) The state does covenant with the holders of bonds issued under this section that it will not take any action that will materially and adversely affect the rights of such bondholders as long as the bonds authorized by this section are outstanding.
(6) Any complaint for validation of bonds issued pursuant to this section shall be filed in the circuit court of the county where the seat of state government is situated, the notice required to be published by s. 75.06 shall be published only in the county where the complaint is filed, and the complaint and order of the circuit court shall be served only on the state attorney of the circuit in which the action is pending.
History.s. 1, ch. 2003-409.