Florida Senate - 2016 SB 184 By Senator Bean 4-00253-16 2016184__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to military and veterans affairs; 3 amending s. 322.08, F.S.; requiring the application 4 form for an original, renewal, or replacement driver 5 license or identification card to include a voluntary 6 checkoff authorizing veterans to request written or 7 electronic information on federal, state, and local 8 benefits and services for veterans; requiring the 9 requested information to be delivered by a third-party 10 provider; requiring the Department of Highway Safety 11 and Motor Vehicles to report monthly to the Department 12 of Veterans’ Affairs the names and mailing or e-mail 13 addresses of veterans who request information; 14 requiring the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to 15 disseminate veteran contact information to the third 16 party provider; requiring that the third-party 17 provider be a nonprofit organization; defining the 18 term “nonprofit organization”; requiring that the 19 Department of Veterans’ Affairs provide veteran 20 contact information to the appropriate county or city 21 veteran service officer; specifying that a third-party 22 provider may use veteran contact information only as 23 authorized; prohibiting a third-party provider from 24 selling veteran contact information; requiring a 25 third-party provider to maintain confidentiality of 26 veteran contact information under specified 27 provisions; providing a penalty; creating the Military 28 and Overseas Voting Assistance Task Force within the 29 Department of State; specifying membership of the task 30 force; authorizing reimbursement for per diem and 31 travel expenses; prescribing duties of the task force; 32 requiring submission of a report to the Governor and 33 the Legislature by a specified date; providing for 34 expiration of the task force; providing for staffing; 35 providing legislative findings regarding continuing 36 education for veterans of the United States Armed 37 Forces; providing legislative intent to require 38 collaboration between the State Board of Education and 39 the Board of Governors of the State University System 40 in achieving specified goals regarding educational 41 opportunities for veterans; providing an effective 42 date. 43 44 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 45 46 Section 1. Present subsection (9) of section 322.08, 47 Florida Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (10), and a new 48 subsection (9) is added to that section, to read: 49 322.08 Application for license; requirements for license 50 and identification card forms.— 51 (9)(a) To support the carrying out of the duties of the 52 Department of Veterans’ Affairs prescribed in s. 292.05 and to 53 facilitate its outreach to veterans residing in this state, the 54 application form for an original, a renewal, or a replacement 55 driver license or identification card must include a voluntary 56 checkoff authorizing a veteran of the United States Armed Forces 57 to request written or electronic information on federal, state, 58 and local benefits and services available to veterans. The 59 veteran may elect to receive requested information through 60 United States mail or by e-mail. The requested information shall 61 be delivered to the veteran by any third-party provider selected 62 by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to act on its behalf. 63 (b) The department shall collaborate with the Department of 64 Veterans’ Affairs to administer this subsection. The department 65 shall report monthly to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs the 66 name and mailing address or e-mail address of each veteran who 67 requests information as provided in paragraph (a). Following 68 receipt of the monthly report, the Department of Veterans’ 69 Affairs shall disseminate the contact information for each such 70 veteran to the third-party provider acting on its behalf. The 71 third-party provider must be a nonprofit organization with 72 sufficient ability to communicate with veterans residing 73 throughout this state. For purposes of this paragraph, the term 74 “nonprofit organization” means an organization exempt from the 75 federal income tax under s. 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 76 1986 or any federal, state, or local governmental entity. 77 (c) In addition to the requirements of paragraph (b), the 78 Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall disseminate the contact 79 information for a veteran who selects the voluntary checkoff to 80 the appropriate county or city veteran service officer in order 81 to facilitate further outreach to veterans. 82 (d)1. The contact information of a veteran which is 83 obtained by a third-party provider pursuant to this subsection 84 may be used only as authorized by this subsection. The third 85 party provider may not sell such contact information. Except as 86 otherwise provided, the third-party provider must maintain the 87 confidentiality of the contact information in accordance with 88 chapter 119 and the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 89 1994, 18 U.S.C. ss. 2721 et seq. 90 2. A person who willfully and knowingly violates this 91 paragraph commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable 92 as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 93 Section 2. Military and Overseas Voting Assistance Task 94 Force.—The Military and Overseas Voting Assistance Task Force, a 95 task force as defined in s. 20.03, Florida Statutes, is created 96 within the Department of State. The task force is created for 97 the express purpose of studying issues involving the development 98 and implementation of an online voting system that allows absent 99 uniformed services voters who are overseas to electronically 100 submit voted ballots. 101 (1) The task force is composed of 20 members, as follows: 102 (a) The Secretary of State or his or her designee, who 103 shall serve as chair of the task force. 104 (b) The Adjutant General or his or her designee. 105 (c) The executive director of the Department of Veterans’ 106 Affairs or his or her designee. 107 (d) The executive director of the Agency for State 108 Technology or his or her designee. 109 (e) One member of the Senate appointed by the President of 110 the Senate. 111 (f) One member of the House of Representatives appointed by 112 the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 113 (g) One member of the Senate appointed by the Minority 114 Leader of the Senate. 115 (h) One member of the House of Representatives appointed by 116 the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. 117 (i) One member appointed by the Governor. 118 (j) Six supervisors of elections appointed by the Secretary 119 of State. 120 (k) Five individuals appointed by the Secretary of State, 121 with relevant expertise in computers, the Internet, or other 122 associated technologies. 123 (2) Members of the task force shall serve without 124 compensation, but are entitled to reimbursement for per diem and 125 travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061, Florida Statutes. 126 (3) The task force, at a minimum, shall study and report on 127 the following issues: 128 (a) Any factor that limits the ability of absent uniformed 129 services voters who are overseas to request, receive, and return 130 absentee ballots within the current statutory time period for 131 casting absentee ballots. 132 (b) The costs associated with the development and 133 implementation of an online voting system. 134 (c) The feasibility of absent uniformed services voters who 135 are overseas using an online voting system to electronically 136 submit a voted ballot. 137 (d) The security of electronically submitting a voted 138 ballot through an online voting system. 139 (e) Procedures adopted by other states to facilitate 140 greater electoral participation among absent uniformed services 141 voters who are overseas. 142 (4) The Secretary of State shall submit a report to the 143 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the 144 House of Representatives by July 1, 2017, containing the task 145 force’s recommendation concerning whether the state should 146 pursue the development and implementation of an online voting 147 system that allows absent uniformed services voters who are 148 overseas to electronically submit voted ballots. If the task 149 force favorably recommends an online voting system, the report 150 must include recommended steps for developing and implementing 151 such a system. Upon submission of the report, the task force 152 shall expire. 153 (5) The Division of Elections of the Department of State 154 shall provide support staff for the task force. The Agency for 155 State Technology shall assist the task force upon request. 156 Section 3. Legislative findings and intent; continuing 157 education of veterans of the United States Armed Forces.—The 158 Legislature finds that many veterans of the United States Armed 159 Forces in this state have completed training and coursework 160 during their military service, including overseas deployments, 161 resulting in tangible and quantifiable strides in their pursuit 162 of a postsecondary degree. The Legislature further finds that 163 the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the 164 State University System must work together to ensure that 165 military training and coursework are granted academic credit in 166 order to assist veterans in continuing their education. 167 Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the State 168 Board of Education and the Board of Governors work 169 collaboratively to: 170 (1) Align existing degree programs, including, but not 171 limited to, vocational and technical degrees, at each state 172 university and Florida College System institution with 173 applicable military training and experience to maximize academic 174 credit awarded for such training and experience. 175 (2) Appoint and train specific faculty within each degree 176 program at each state university and Florida College System 177 institution as liaisons and contacts for veterans. 178 (3) Incorporate outreach services tailored to disabled 179 veterans into existing disability services on the campus of each 180 state university and Florida College System institution to make 181 available to such veterans information on disability services 182 provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 183 other federal and state agencies, and private entities. 184 (4) Facilitate statewide meetings for personnel at state 185 universities and Florida College System institutions who provide 186 student services for veterans to discuss and develop best 187 practices, exchange ideas and experiences, and attend 188 presentations by individuals with expertise in the unique needs 189 of veterans. 190 (5) Make every effort to provide veterans with sufficient 191 courses required for graduation, including, but not limited to, 192 giving priority registration to veterans. 193 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.