3-01424-23 20231628__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to financial assistance for rural 3 areas of opportunity; amending s. 215.971, F.S.; 4 prohibiting certain agency agreements from requiring 5 the expenditure of funds before reimbursement; 6 authorizing agencies to undertake certain actions; 7 providing construction; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1.âPresent subsections (2) and (3) of section 12 215.971, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (3) 13 and (4), respectively, and a new subsection (2) is added to that 14 section to read: 15 215.971âAgreements funded with federal or state 16 assistance.â 17 (2)(a)âNotwithstanding any other law to the contrary, an 18 agency agreement that provides state or federal financial 19 assistance to a county or municipal entity within a rural area 20 of opportunity, as defined in s. 288.0656(2), may not require 21 the county or municipal entity to expend funds in order to be 22 reimbursed. For such counties or municipal entities, an agency 23 may advance funding based on an analysis of estimated costs, pay 24 service providers and vendors directly, or undertake other 25 options to meet the requirements of this section. 26 (b)âThis subsection may not be construed to alter or limit 27 any other provision of this section. 28 Section 2.âThis act shall take effect July 1, 2023.