Florida Senate - 2015                                     SB 356
       By Senator Bullard
       39-00175-15                                            2015356__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to employment of felons; creating s.
    3         220.197, F.S.; providing a corporate income tax credit
    4         for employment of a person previously convicted of a
    5         felony; providing requirements to receive the credit;
    6         providing exceptions for certain felons; providing an
    7         effective date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Section 220.197, Florida Statutes, is created to
   12  read:
   13         220.197Employment of former felons tax credit.—
   14         (1) For taxable years beginning on or after January 1,
   15  2016, there shall be allowed a credit of $1,000 against the tax
   16  imposed under this chapter to any corporation that hires a
   17  person who has been convicted of a felony in this state and
   18  released from confinement and who remains continuously employed
   19  by the corporation for at least 1 year. The credit may be taken
   20  only once per new employee.
   21         (2) The credit under this section is not available for
   22  employment of a person who is:
   23         (a) Classified as a violent career criminal, habitual
   24  felony offender, habitual violent felony offender, or three-time
   25  violent felony offender under s. 775.084.
   26         (b) Subject to registration as a sexual predator under s.
   27  775.21.
   28         (c) Subject to registration as a sexual offender under s.
   29  943.0435.
   30         Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2016.