What is an Appropriations Project?
House Rule 5.14 and Joint Rule 2.2 provide the full definition of what constitutes an appropriation project. Generally, an Appropriations Project is any appropriation or proviso to a specifically named:
1. local government, private entity, or privately-operated program, or an appropriation or proviso which is written in such a manner as to exclusively describe a particular local government, private entity or privately-operated program;
2. transportation project that is not in the Department of Transportation’s Five Year Work Program;
3. education fixed capital outlay project that was not submitted pursuant to ss. 1013.60 or 1013.64, F.S.
and has not been previously funded;
4. program, research initiative, institute, center or similar entity at a specific state college or state university, that was not recommended by the Board of Governors or the
State Board of Education in their Legislative Budget Request; or
5. local water project.
Are there any exceptions to this definition?
The term “appropriations project” does NOT include an appropriation that:
1. is specifically authorized by statute;
2. is part of a statewide distribution to local governments; or
3. was recommended by a commission, council or other similar entity created in statute to make annual
funding recommendations, not to exceed the amount recommended by the entity.
How can you tell if a public education fixed capital outlay (PECO) project is NOT an appropriations project?
PECO project is not an appropriations project if it was:
1. included in the Department of Education’s comprehensive Legislative Budget Request pursuant to s. 1013.60, F.S.;
2. included on any year of the 3-year “funded list” list provided to the legislature pursuant
to s. 1013.64, F.S., which limits the project list total to the amount of total PECO funds available for State Universities and Florida Colleges as determined by the Department of Education based on official estimates
published by the Office of Economic and Demographic Research;
3. funded in a prior General Appropriations Act even though it is not on the lists required by ss. 1013.60 and 1013.64, F.S.; or
on a list of Special Facilities projects recommended by the committee established pursuant to s. 1013.64, F.S.