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The 2020 Florida Statutes

Title XIX
PUBLIC BUSINESS
Chapter 288
COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
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F.S. 288.9604
288.9604 Creation of the corporation.
(1) There is created a public body corporate and politic known as the “Florida Development Finance Corporation.” The corporation shall be constituted as a public instrumentality, and the exercise by the corporation of the powers conferred by this act shall be deemed and held to be the performance of an essential public function. The corporation has the power to function within the corporate limits of any public agency with which it has entered into an interlocal agreement for any of the purposes of this act.
1(2) The board of directors of the corporation shall consist of seven directors. The executive director of the department, or his or her designee, shall serve as chair of the board of directors of the corporation. The director of the Division of Bond Finance of the State Board of Administration, or his or her designee, shall serve as a director on the board of directors of the corporation. The Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate, shall appoint the remaining five directors of the board of directors of the corporation. The terms of office for the appointed directors are for 4 years after the date of their appointment. A vacancy occurring during a term of an appointed director shall be filled for the unexpired term. An appointed director is eligible for reappointment. At least three of the appointed directors of the corporation must have experience in finance, and one of the directors must have experience in economic development.
(3)(a)1. A director may not receive compensation for his or her services, but is entitled to necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the discharge of his or her duties. Each appointed director shall hold office until his or her successor has been appointed.
2. Directors are subject to ss. 112.313(1)-(8), (10), (12), and (15); 112.3135; and 112.3143(2). For purposes of applying ss. 112.313(1)-(8), (10), (12), and (15); 112.3135; and 112.3143(2) to activities of directors, directors are considered public officers and the corporation is considered their agency.
(b) The powers of the corporation shall be exercised by the directors thereof. A majority of the directors constitutes a quorum for the purposes of conducting business and exercising the powers of the corporation and for all other purposes. Meetings of the directors may be conducted by teleconference. Action may be taken by the corporation upon a vote of a majority of the directors present, unless in any case the bylaws require a larger number. Any person may be appointed as director if he or she resides, or is engaged in business, which means owning a business, practicing a profession, or performing a service for compensation or serving as an officer or director of a corporation or other business entity so engaged, within the state.
(c) The directors of the corporation shall annually elect, by a majority vote, one of their members as vice chair. The corporation may employ a president, technical experts, and such other agents and employees, permanent and temporary, as it requires and determine their qualifications, duties, and compensation. For such legal services as it requires, the corporation may employ or retain its own counsel and legal staff.
(4) The board may remove an appointed director for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or misconduct in office. Such director may be removed only after a hearing and only if he or she has been given a copy of the charges at least 10 days before such hearing and has had an opportunity to be heard in person or by counsel. The removal of an appointed director creates a vacancy on the board which must be filled pursuant to subsection (2).
(5) This section is repealed July 1, 2023, and July 1 of every fourth year thereafter, unless reviewed and saved from repeal by the Legislature.
History.ss. 28, 62, ch. 93-187; s. 1, ch. 93-402; s. 11, ch. 94-136; s. 882, ch. 95-148; s. 101, ch. 96-320; s. 43, ch. 97-100; s. 41, ch. 99-251; s. 38, ch. 2002-1; s. 73, ch. 2010-102; s. 4, ch. 2010-139; s. 15, ch. 2011-4; s. 188, ch. 2011-142; s. 10, ch. 2014-183; s. 4, ch. 2020-30.
1Note.Section 5, ch. 2020-30, provides that “[i]n order to implement the changes made by this act to s. 288.9604, Florida Statutes, the chair and vice chair of the board of directors of the Florida Development Finance Corporation as of June 30, 2020, shall serve as regular members beginning July 1, 2020. Nothing in this act may be construed to affect the terms of the directors serving on the board on July 1, 2020.”