Florida Senate - 2016                                    SB 1632
       By Senator Clemens
       27-01022A-16                                          20161632__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Criminal Justice Standards and
    3         Training Commission; amending s. 943.12, F.S.;
    4         requiring the Criminal Justice Standards and Training
    5         Commission to implement, administer, maintain, and
    6         revise a basic abilities examination by a specified
    7         date; requiring the commission to establish specified
    8         procedures and standards; amending s. 943.17, F.S.;
    9         requiring the commission to set a fee for the basic
   10         abilities examination; requiring a nonrefundable fee
   11         for each examination attempt; requiring that
   12         examination fees be deposited in the Criminal Justice
   13         Standards and Training Trust Fund; providing a
   14         condition for when the examination fee takes effect;
   15         providing an effective date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Subsection (18) is added to section 943.12,
   20  Florida Statutes, to read:
   21         943.12 Powers, duties, and functions of the commission.—The
   22  commission shall:
   23         (18)On or before January 1, 2018, implement, administer,
   24  maintain, and revise a basic abilities examination for all
   25  applicants for basic recruit training in law enforcement and
   26  corrections. The commission shall establish by rule procedures
   27  for the administration of the basic abilities examination. The
   28  commission shall also establish standards for acceptable
   29  performance on the examination.
   30         Section 2. Paragraph (g) of subsection (1) of section
   31  943.17, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (h) is added
   32  to that subsection, to read:
   33         943.17 Basic recruit, advanced, and career development
   34  training programs; participation; cost; evaluation.—The
   35  commission shall, by rule, design, implement, maintain,
   36  evaluate, and revise entry requirements and job-related
   37  curricula and performance standards for basic recruit, advanced,
   38  and career development training programs and courses. The rules
   39  shall include, but are not limited to, a methodology to assess
   40  relevance of the subject matter to the job, student performance,
   41  and instructor competency.
   42         (1) The commission shall:
   43         (g) Assure that entrance into the basic recruit training
   44  program for law enforcement and correctional officers be limited
   45  to those who have passed a basic abilities skills examination
   46  and assessment instrument, based on a job task analysis in each
   47  discipline and adopted by the commission.
   48         (h) Set a fee, not to exceed $75, for the basic abilities
   49  examination. The fee applies to one scheduled examination
   50  attempt and is not refundable if the applicant does not appear
   51  for the examination or does not achieve an acceptable score on
   52  the examination. Fees collected pursuant to this paragraph shall
   53  be deposited in the Criminal Justice Standards and Training
   54  Trust Fund. This paragraph shall take effect upon the
   55  implementation of the revised basic abilities examination on or
   56  before January 1, 2018, as specified in s. 943.12(18).
   57         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.