Florida Senate - 2014 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1406 Ì791320nÎ791320 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/24/2014 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 943.69, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 943.69 Care for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program Act.— 8 (1) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the “Care for 9 Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program Act.” 10 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 11 (a) “Law enforcement agency” means a lawfully established 12 state or local public agency having primary responsibility for 13 the prevention and detection of crime or the enforcement of the 14 penal, traffic, highway, regulatory, game, immigration, postal, 15 customs, or controlled substance laws. 16 (b) “Retired law enforcement dog” means any dog that was in 17 the service of or employed by a law enforcement agency in this 18 state for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of 19 criminal activity, enforcement of laws, or apprehension of 20 offenders but that no longer serves in the capacity of a law 21 enforcement dog. The retired law enforcement dog must have 22 received certification in obedience and apprehension work from a 23 certifying organization such as the National Police Canine 24 Association or other certifying organization. 25 (c) “Veterinarian” has the same meaning as provided in s. 26 474.202, Florida Statutes. 27 (d) “Veterinary care” means any veterinary medical service 28 described in s. 474.202(9) or s. 474.202(13), Florida Statutes. 29 The term includes annual wellness examinations, vaccines, 30 internal and external parasite prevention treatments, testing 31 and treatment of illnesses and diseases, medications, emergency 32 care and surgeries, specialties of veterinary medicine such as 33 veterinary oncology, and euthanasia, if each of the services is 34 provided by a veterinarian. The term also includes cremation. 35 (3) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS.— The Legislature finds that: 36 (a) Law enforcement dogs have become an integral part of 37 many law enforcement efforts statewide, including suspect 38 apprehension through tracking and searching, evidence location, 39 drug and bomb detection, and search and rescue operations; 40 (b) Law enforcement agencies agree that the use of law 41 enforcement dogs is an extremely cost-effective means for crime 42 control and that these dogs possess skills and abilities that 43 frequently exceed that of existing technology; 44 (c) The work of law enforcement dogs is often dangerous and 45 can cause these dogs to incur injuries at a rate higher than the 46 rate of injuries that occurs with nonworking dogs; and 47 (d) Law enforcement dogs provide significant contributions 48 to the residents of this state. 49 (4) ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM.-The Care for Retired Law 50 Enforcement Dogs Program is created within the Department of Law 51 Enforcement to provide a stable funding source for former 52 handlers and adopters of retired law enforcement dogs to provide 53 veterinary care for these dogs. 54 (5) ADMINISTRATION.—The Department of Law Enforcement shall 55 contract with a corporation not for profit organized under 56 chapter 617, Florida Statutes, to administer and manage the Care 57 for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program. Notwithstanding the 58 competitive sealed bid procedures required under chapter 287, 59 Florida Statutes, the department shall enter into a contract 60 with a corporation that: 61 (a) Is dedicated to the protection or care of retired law 62 enforcement dogs; 63 (b) Holds exempt status under s. 501(a) of the Internal 64 Revenue Code as an organization described in s. 501(c)(3) of the 65 Internal Revenue Code; 66 (c) Has held its exempt status for at least 5 years; 67 (d) Agrees to be subject to review and audit at the 68 discretion of the Auditor General to ensure accurate accounting 69 and disbursement of state funds; and 70 (e) Demonstrates the ability to effectively and efficiently 71 disseminate information and assist former handlers and adopters 72 of retired law enforcement dogs in understanding the provisions 73 of this section. 74 (6) FUNDING.— 75 (a) The corporation shall be the disbursing authority for 76 funds appropriated by the Legislature to the Department of Law 77 Enforcement for the Care for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs 78 Program. These funds shall be disbursed upon receipt of: 79 1. Valid documentation from the law enforcement agency the 80 dog retired from verifying that the dog was in the service of or 81 employed by such agency; and 82 2. A valid invoice, submitted by the former handler or 83 adopter of a retired law enforcement dog, from a veterinarian 84 for veterinary care provided in the state to a retired law 85 enforcement dog. 86 (b) Annual disbursements to any former handler or adopter 87 of a retired law enforcement dog are limited to $1,500 per 88 retired law enforcement dog. A former handler or adopter of a 89 retired law enforcement dog may not accumulate unused funds from 90 one year for use in a future year. 91 (c) A former handler or adopter of a retired law 92 enforcement dog who seeks reimbursement for veterinary services 93 shall not receive reimbursement if funds for the Care for 94 Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program are depleted in the year 95 for which the reimbursement is sought. 96 (d) Funds appropriated for the Care for Retired Law 97 Enforcement Dogs Program shall be held in the Operating Trust 98 Fund of the Department of Law Enforcement in a separate 99 depository account in the name of the corporation and subject to 100 the provisions of the contract with the department. The contract 101 must provide: 102 1. The corporation must receive administrative fees, 103 including salaries and benefits, not to exceed 10 percent of 104 appropriated funds; and 105 2. That any funds held in the separate depository account 106 in the name of the corporation must revert to the department if 107 the contract expires or is terminated. 108 (e) Notwithstanding s. 216.301, Florida Statutes, and 109 pursuant to s. 216.351, Florida Statutes, the Executive Office 110 of the Governor shall, on July 1 of each year, certify forward 111 all unexpended funds appropriated pursuant to this section. 112 However, in no event shall the fund balance for the Care for 113 Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program exceed $400,000. 114 (7) RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.- The department shall adopt rules 115 and forms pursuant to ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to implement the 116 requirements of this section. 117 Section 2. Beginning in the 2014-2015 fiscal year and each 118 year thereafter, the sum of $300,000 in recurring funds is 119 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of 120 Law Enforcement for the purpose of implementing the Care for 121 Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program as created by this act. 122 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014 123 124 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 125 And the title is amended as follows: 126 Delete everything before the enacting clause 127 and insert: 128 A bill to be entitled 129 An act relating to care for retired law enforcement dogs; 130 creating s. 943.69, F.S.; providing a short title; providing 131 definitions; providing legislative findings; creating the Care 132 for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs Program within the Department 133 of Law Enforcement; requiring the department to contract with a 134 corporation not for profit to administer the program and 135 providing criteria therefor; providing specific procedures for 136 how funds will be disbursed for the veterinary care of eligible 137 retired law enforcement dogs; limiting the amount of funds 138 available for any eligible retired law enforcement dog in any 139 one year; providing for the deposit of program funds; providing 140 for the reversion of funds to the department under certain 141 circumstances; providing for the carryforward of unexpended 142 appropriations for use in the program up to certain limits; 143 providing rulemaking authority; providing an annual 144 appropriation; providing an effective date.