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Title X
PUBLIC OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND RECORDS
Chapter 116
POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
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CHAPTER 116
CHAPTER 116
POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
116.01 Payment of public funds into treasury.
116.015 Receipt of counterfeit money in the course of operation of public office.
116.02 Payment of commissions on unremitted funds prohibited; penalty.
116.03 Officers to report fees collected.
116.04 Failure of officer to make sworn report of fees.
116.05 Examination and publication by Department of Financial Services.
116.06 Summary of reports; certain officers not required to report fees.
116.07 Account books to be kept by sheriffs and clerks.
116.08 County commissioners to furnish books.
116.09 Penalty for failure.
116.13 Sale of property by heads of state institutions without permission prohibited.
116.14 Receipts required from purchasers of state property.
116.15 Penalty for violation of ss. 116.13 and 116.14.
116.21 Unclaimed moneys; limitation.
116.22 Definitions; forfeiture of personal property in custody of clerks of various courts.
116.33 Exercise of police power.
116.34 Facsimile signatures.
116.35 Notary public commissions; employees of state and county agencies.
116.36 Notary public commissions; municipal employees.
116.37 Notary public commissions; elected officers.
116.38 Notary fees.
116.01 Payment of public funds into treasury.
(1) Every state and county officer within this state authorized to collect funds due the state or county shall pay all sums officially received by the officer into the state or county treasury not later than 7 working days from the close of the week in which the officer received the funds. Funds received by the county officer on behalf of the state shall be deposited directly to the account of the State Treasury not later than 7 working days from the close of the week in which the officer received the funds. The clerk of the court, when collecting funds as part of the clerk’s court-related functions, must remit those funds as required under s. 28.245.
(2) No officer shall hereafter be entitled to receive any commission or compensation for collecting said funds when the officer fails or refuses to pay over the same not later than 7 working days from the close of the week in which the officer received the funds.
(3) Nothing herein shall require officers to pay into the state or county treasury those funds which are required by law or court order, or by the purpose for which they are collected, to be held and disbursed for a particular purpose in a manner different from that set forth in subsection (1).
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 6205, 1911; RGS 406; CGL 471; s. 1, ch. 76-224; s. 39, ch. 2005-236.
116.015 Receipt of counterfeit money in the course of operation of public office.Whenever a state or county officer who has unknowingly received into the public funds of his or her office any counterfeit currency discovers that fact, the officer shall furnish a written report of the matter to the appropriate state attorney, including such information as the state attorney may request. The officer shall not be personally liable, but shall be entitled to charge such loss as an expense against any available funds of his or her office, provided the amount of such charge does not exceed the face value of the currency so received.
History.s. 1, ch. 76-117; s. 741, ch. 95-147.
116.02 Payment of commissions on unremitted funds prohibited; penalty.It is unlawful for any state or county officer or any board of county officers, required to audit the accounts of officers under the laws of this state, to approve or pay any commissions on funds collected and not paid over as required by s. 116.01 and any officer violating the provisions of this section, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.s. 3, ch. 6205, 1911; RGS 5328; CGL 7461; s. 66, ch. 71-136.
116.03 Officers to report fees collected.Each state and county officer who receives all or any part of his or her compensation in fees or commissions, or other remuneration, shall keep a complete report of all fees and commissions, or other remuneration collected, and shall make a report to the Department of Financial Services of all such fees and commissions, or other remuneration, annually on December 31 of each and every year. Such report shall be made upon forms to be prescribed from time to time by the department, and shall show in detail the source, character and amount of all his or her official expenses and the net amount that the office has paid up to the time of making such report. All officers shall make out, fill in and subscribe and properly forward to the department such reports, and swear to the accuracy and competency of such reports.
History.ss. 1, 2, ch. 6815, 1915; RGS 407; CGL 472; s. 1, ch. 24198, 1947; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 742, ch. 95-147; s. 133, ch. 2003-261.
116.04 Failure of officer to make sworn report of fees.Any officer who shall fail or refuse to make, subscribe, and swear, or to file with the Department of Financial Services a report of all fees, commissions, or other remuneration collected, as required by law, or if any officer shall knowingly or willfully make false or incomplete reports, or in any report violate any of the provisions of s. 116.03 he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.s. 2, ch. 6815, 1915; RGS 5356; CGL 7491; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 67, ch. 71-136; s. 743, ch. 95-147; s. 134, ch. 2003-261.
116.05 Examination and publication by Department of Financial Services.The Department of Financial Services shall have examined and verified any of the reports received under s. 116.03 whenever in its judgment the same may be necessary, and the department shall cause the matter and things in each of said reports to be published one time in a newspaper published in the county in which such report originated, in such form as it shall direct, and the expense of such publication shall be paid by the county commissioners of such county.
History.s. 3, ch. 6815, 1915; RGS 408; CGL 473; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 135, ch. 2003-261.
116.06 Summary of reports; certain officers not required to report fees.A summary of all such reports shall be included by the Department of Financial Services in its annual report to the Governor, except that jurors and notaries public shall not be required to make such reports as provided for in s. 116.03.
History.s. 4, ch. 6815, 1915; RGS 409; CGL 474; ss. 12, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 2, ch. 73-47; s. 136, ch. 2003-261.
116.07 Account books to be kept by sheriffs and clerks.All sheriffs and clerks of the circuit court and ex officio clerks of the boards of county commissioners of this state shall keep books of account and of record in accordance with s. 218.33.
History.s. 1, ch. 5176, 1903; GS 814; RGS 410; CGL 475; s. 8, ch. 69-82; s. 32, ch. 2001-266.
116.08 County commissioners to furnish books.The county commissioners shall furnish the books provided for in s. 116.07.
History.s. 2, ch. 5176, 1903; GS 815; RGS 411; CGL 476.
116.09 Penalty for failure.Any officer who shall neglect or refuse to comply with the duties imposed by s. 116.07 shall be subject to suspension from office by the Governor.
History.s. 4, ch. 5176, 1903; GS 817; RGS 412; CGL 477.
116.13 Sale of property by heads of state institutions without permission prohibited.The superintendents of state asylums, and the presidents and principals of all state educational institutions are prohibited from selling or otherwise disposing of property belonging to the state, except in cases where they have previously obtained permission from their respective boards of commissioners or trustees.
History.s. 1, ch. 4181, 1893; GS 3493; RGS 5373; CGL 7507.
116.14 Receipts required from purchasers of state property.Upon the sale of any state property by the superintendent and presidents of state institutions as provided by law, they shall take receipt for the same from the purchaser, which receipt shall be forwarded, together with the proceeds of the sale, to the Chief Financial Officer.
History.s. 2, ch. 4181, 1893; GS 3494; RGS 5374; CGL 7508; s. 137, ch. 2003-261.
116.15 Penalty for violation of ss. 116.13 and 116.14.Any violation of ss. 116.13 and 116.14 shall constitute a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.083.
History.s. 3, ch. 4181, 1893; GS 3495; RGS 5375; CGL 7509; s. 68, ch. 71-136.
116.21 Unclaimed moneys; limitation.
(1) The sheriffs and clerks of the courts of the various counties of the state are authorized at their discretion on or before September 25 of each and every year hereafter to pay into the fine and forfeiture fund of their respective counties, or the fine and forfeiture fund created under s. 142.01, any or all unclaimed moneys deposited or collected by them in their official capacity, which unclaimed moneys came into their hands prior to January 1 of the preceding year and for which moneys claim has not been made. Any unclaimed moneys collected or deposited by the clerk of the circuit court in the course of the clerk’s court-related activities may be processed under this chapter; however, the clerk must pay for the cost of publication of the list of unclaimed court-related funds. Any unclaimed court-related funds collected or deposited by the clerk which remain unclaimed must be deposited into the fine and forfeiture fund established under s. 142.01.
(2) The sheriffs and clerks of the various courts of the respective counties may, during the month of July of each year, hereafter make and compile a list of any or all unclaimed moneys which came into their hands as provided in subsection (1) above. Such compilation shall list, in addition to the name of the defendant, the respective amounts of such unclaimed moneys. Such list or compilation shall be published one time during the month of July in a newspaper of general circulation in the county served by such sheriff or clerk, and the notice shall specify that unless such moneys are claimed on or before September 1 after such publication that same shall be declared forfeited to such county. Proof of such publication shall be made by the publisher of such newspaper and shall be filed and recorded in the minutes of the county commissioners of such county.
(3) Persons having or claiming any interest in such funds or any portion of them shall file their written claims with the sheriff or clerk of the court of the county having custody of such funds within the time specified by the notice and shall make sufficient proof to the sheriff or clerk of their ownership and upon so doing shall be entitled to receive any part of the moneys so claimed. For the purposes of this section, any municipality that has a municipal detention facility and that prosecutes through its own municipal prosecutor shall have a claim against any unclaimed moneys collected due to violations of that municipality’s ordinances within the territorial jurisdiction of the county and for which a claim has not been made by the person entitled to such funds. Unless claim is filed within such time as aforesaid, all claims in reference thereto are forever barred.
(4) Except for the cost of publishing the notice for the clerk’s unclaimed court-related moneys, the cost of publishing the notices as required by subsection (2) shall be paid by the county commissioners, and the sheriff or the clerk shall receive as compensation the regular fee allowed by statute for the collection of fines, fees, and costs adjudged to the state upon the amounts remitted to the fine and forfeiture fund. Upon such payment to the fine and forfeiture fund, the sheriff or clerk shall be released and discharged from any and all further responsibility or liability in connection therewith.
History.ss. 1, 2, 3, 4, ch. 22050, 1943; s. 8, ch. 82-118; s. 744, ch. 95-147; s. 1, ch. 97-56; s. 40, ch. 2005-236.
116.22 Definitions; forfeiture of personal property in custody of clerks of various courts.In construing this act and each and every section, word, phrase or part thereof, where the context permits, the term “personal property” or “chattels personal” shall include all property of any kind except real estate and anything permanently attached thereto.
History.s. 1, ch. 61-380.
116.33 Exercise of police power.It is deemed by the Legislature of the state, that this act is necessary for the more efficient and speedy method of forfeiture of property that is held by the clerks of the circuit court of Florida, and a lawful exercise of the police power of the state for the protection of the public welfare of the people of the state. All the provisions of this act shall be liberally construed for the accomplishment of the purposes herein mentioned. This act is to be considered as cumulative and not an exclusive method of forfeiture.
History.s. 12, ch. 61-380.
116.34 Facsimile signatures.
(1) SHORT TITLE.This act may be cited as the “Uniform Facsimile Signature of Public Officials Act.”
(2) DEFINITIONS.As used in this section:
(a) “Public security” means a bond, note, certificate of indebtedness, or other obligation for the payment of money, issued by this state or by any of its departments, agencies, public bodies, or other instrumentalities or by any of its political subdivisions.
(b) “Instrument of payment” means a check, draft, warrant, or order for the payment, delivery, or transfer of funds.
(c) “Instrument of conveyance” means an instrument conveying any interest in real property.
(d) “Authorized officer” means any official of this state or any of its departments, agencies, public bodies, or other instrumentalities or any of its political subdivisions whose signature to a public security, instrument of conveyance or instrument of payment is required or permitted.
(e) “Facsimile signature” means a reproduction by engraving, imprinting, stamping, or other means of the manual signature of an authorized officer.
(3) USE OF FACSIMILE SIGNATURE.Any authorized officer, after filing with the Department of State his or her manual signature certified by him or her under oath, may execute or cause to be executed with a facsimile signature in lieu of a manual signature:
(a) Any public security or instrument of conveyance, provided that at least one signature required or permitted to be placed thereon shall be manually subscribed.
(b) Any instrument of payment.
(c) Any official order, proclamation or resolution; provided, however, that this shall not apply to the signing of legislative bills or veto messages.

Upon compliance with this act by the authorized officer, a facsimile signature has the same legal effect as a manual signature.

(4) METHOD OF USE OF FACSIMILE SEAL.When the seal of this state or any of its departments, agencies, public bodies, or other instrumentalities or of any of its political subdivisions is required in the execution of a public security or instrument of payment, the authorized officer may cause the seal to be printed, engraved, stamped or otherwise placed in facsimile thereon. The facsimile seal has the same legal effect as the impression of the seal.
(5) VIOLATION AND PENALTY.Any person who knowingly, without authorization or with intent to defraud, uses on any of the documents referred to in subsection (3), a facsimile signature, or any reproduction of it, of any authorized officer, or any facsimile seal, or any reproduction of it, of this state or any of its departments, agencies, public bodies, or other instrumentalities or of any of its political subdivisions, shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(6) UNIFORMITY OF INTERPRETATION.This section shall be so construed as to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law of states which enact it.
History.ss. 1-6, ch. 63-441; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 69, ch. 71-136; s. 745, ch. 95-147.
116.35 Notary public commissions; employees of state and county agencies.Each agency, board, commission or department of the state and of the several counties of the state is hereby authorized to pay the cost of securing a notary public commission for any employee of such agency, board, commission or department. Such cost is declared to be an expense of such agency, board, commission or department and shall be expended from the budget thereof. The chief administrative officer of each such agency, board, commission or department shall determine the number of notaries public necessary for the proper administration of such agency, board, commission or department. All fees collected by such notaries public as hereinafter provided shall become fee receipts of the state or the several counties and shall be deposited in the general fund from which the budget of such agency, board, commission or department is allocated.
History.s. 1, ch. 67-282.
116.36 Notary public commissions; municipal employees.Each agency, board, commission or department of each of the several municipalities of the state is hereby authorized to pay the cost of securing a notary public commission for any employee of such agency, board, commission or department. Such cost is declared to be an expense of such agency, board, commission or department and shall be expended from the budget thereof. The chief administrative officer of each such agency, board, commission or department shall determine the number of notaries public necessary for the proper administration of such agency, board, commission or department. All fees collected by such notaries public as hereinafter provided shall become fee receipts of such municipality and shall be deposited in the general fund thereof.
History.s. 2, ch. 67-282.
116.37 Notary public commissions; elected officers.In all cases where such agency, board, commission or department is under the direction of one or more elected officers such officer or officers may become notaries public in like manner as provided in the case of employees as aforesaid.
History.s. 3, ch. 67-282.
116.38 Notary fees.
(1) Except as is hereinafter provided, all such notaries shall collect fees for their services as notaries performed in connection with such agency, board, commission or department at the rates provided for under chapter 117; provided, however, that in any case wherein a certain fee shall be provided by law for such service then in that event such fee as provided by law shall be collected.
(2) No notary fee shall be charged or collected by such notaries in connection with such agency, board, commission or department, in connection with or incidental to the issuance of motor vehicle license tags or titles.
(3) No notary public fees shall be charged by such notaries for notarizing loyalty oaths which are required by law.
(4) The chief administrative officer of any such agency, board, commission or department may, upon determining that such service should be performed as a public service, authorize such service to be performed free of charge.
History.ss. 4-7, ch. 67-282.