Florida Senate - 2016 CS for SB 1420 By the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and Senator Bean 586-03044-16 20161420c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to eligibility for employment as child 3 care personnel; amending s. 435.07, F.S.; prohibiting 4 the removal of or exemption from certain 5 disqualifications from employment for child care 6 personnel under certain circumstances; specifying 7 certain offenses that disqualify a person from child 8 care employment, notwithstanding any prior exemption; 9 requiring that certain persons who have been granted 10 an exemption from disqualification from child care 11 employment be rescreened by a certain date; providing 12 an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Paragraph (c) is added to subsection (4) of 17 section 435.07, Florida Statutes, to read: 18 435.07 Exemptions from disqualification.—Unless otherwise 19 provided by law, the provisions of this section apply to 20 exemptions from disqualification for disqualifying offenses 21 revealed pursuant to background screenings required under this 22 chapter, regardless of whether those disqualifying offenses are 23 listed in this chapter or other laws. 24 (4) 25 (c)1. Disqualification from employment under this chapter 26 may not be removed from, nor may an exemption be granted to, any 27 current or prospective employee of a child care provider if the 28 person: 29 a. Is registered as a sex offender as described in 42 30 U.S.C. s. 9858f (c)(1)(c); or 31 b. Has been arrested for and is awaiting final disposition 32 of; has been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or 33 entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to; or has been 34 adjudicated delinquent and the record has not been sealed or 35 expunged for any felony or misdemeanor referenced in 42 U.S.C. 36 s. 9858f or any felony or misdemeanor covered by s. 435.03 or s. 37 435.04. 38 2. Such persons are disqualified from employment with a 39 child care provider, notwithstanding any prior exemption from 40 disqualification from employment. 41 3. A person employed by a child care provider on July 1, 42 2016, who has been granted an exemption to a disqualification 43 from employment must be rescreened no later than August 1, 2016. 44 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.