ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO (Program); COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENTGovernor's Recommendations
2021-22
Current Year Budget
2020-21
Difference
DollarsPositionsDollarsPositionsDollarsPositions
$16,465,433179.75$18,211,732186.75($1,746,299)(7.00)
 

 
Policy Area:  REGULATION AND LICENSING
Issue:            RESTRUCTURE THE BUREAU OF ENFORCEMENT IN THE DIVISION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2021-22
The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2021-22 includes a net reduction of seven (7) positions and $1,837,066 of recurring Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco trust fund budget authority by restructuring the Bureau of Law Enforcement's civilian inspection program. The Bureau is responsible for the management of the law enforcement investigations and regulatory inspection programs for the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. Unlike a traditional law enforcement agency, the Bureau is limited to the enforcement of Florida's beverage and tobacco laws. The Bureau's primary mode of enforcement is through compliance inspections, which are conducted by civilians (non-sworn). The Division's proposed reduction will restructure the Bureau to create a substantial increase in statewide regulatory coverage of licensed premises which will allow the remaining sworn component to increase its focus on law enforcement investigations, and generate cost savings. The following vacant positions will be eliminated: 2 Investigation Specialist II 2 Law Enforcement Investigator II 2 Law Enforcement Lieutenant 1 Law Enforcement Captain 1 Senior Management Analyst II The Ft. Pierce Office will be closed and includes the reclassification of two sworn Law Enforcement Investigators IIs to Investigations Specialist IIs and the elimination of an Administrative Assistant II position. The reclassified Investigative Specialist II positions and two existing Investigative Specialist II positions will telework and report to the West Palm Beach District Office. A "statewide" reclassification of the following positions will occur: 4 Law Enforcement Captain positions to 5 Investigation Specialist II positions 7 Law Enforcement Lieutenant positions to 7 Investigation Specialist II positions 35 Law Enforcement Investigator II positions to 35 Investigative Specialist II positions The above actions will allow for a savings of 1,031,775 in Salary Rate, $1,701,931 in the Salaries and Benefits appropriation category, and $135,135 in the Expenses appropriation category. This issue was included in the Department's VIIIB-1 and VIIIB-2 reduction exercise and will have a minimal impact on the agency's operations.