Florida Senate - 2011                                    SB 1228
       By Senator Altman
       24-01269-11                                           20111228__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to military spouses; amending s.
    3         456.024, F.S.; providing for issuance of a temporary
    4         license to specified health care practitioners who are
    5         spouses of active duty members of the Armed Forces
    6         under certain circumstances; providing for criminal
    7         history checks; providing fees; providing for
    8         expiration of a temporary license; providing an
    9         effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Subsection (3) is added to section 456.024,
   14  Florida Statutes, to read:
   15         456.024 Members of Armed Forces in good standing with
   16  administrative boards or the department; spouses.—
   17         (3)(a) The department may issue a temporary professional
   18  license to the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed
   19  Forces of the United States who submits to the department:
   20         1. A completed application;
   21         2. The required application fee;
   22         3.Proof that the applicant is married to a member of the
   23  Armed Forces of the United States who is on active duty;
   24         4.Proof that the applicant holds a valid license for the
   25  profession issued by another state, the District of Columbia, a
   26  possession or territory of the United States, or a foreign
   27  jurisdiction; and
   28         5.Proof that the applicant’s spouse is assigned to a duty
   29  station in this state and that the applicant is also assigned to
   30  a duty station in this state pursuant to the member’s official
   31  active duty military orders.
   32         (b)The applicant must also submit to the Department of Law
   33  Enforcement a complete set of fingerprints. The Department of
   34  Law Enforcement shall conduct a statewide criminal history check
   35  and forward the fingerprints to the Federal Bureau of
   36  Investigation for a national criminal history check.
   37         (c) The department shall, and the board may, review the
   38  results of the state and federal criminal history checks
   39  according to the level 2 screening standards in s. 435.04 and
   40  shall determine whether the applicant meets the licensure
   41  requirements.
   42         (d) The applicant shall pay the cost of fingerprint
   43  processing. If the fingerprints are submitted through an
   44  authorized agency or vendor, the agency or vendor shall collect
   45  the required processing fees and remit the fees to the
   46  Department of Law Enforcement.
   47         (e)The department shall set an application fee, which may
   48  not exceed the cost of issuing the license.
   49         (f)A temporary license expires 6 months after the date of
   50  issuance and is not renewable.
   51         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.