Florida Senate - 2016                             CS for SB 1538
       By the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and
       Domestic Security; and Senator Evers
       583-02600-16                                          20161538c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to veterans employment; amending s.
    3         295.07, F.S.; requiring each state agency and
    4         authorizing other political subdivisions of the state
    5         to develop and implement a veterans recruitment plan;
    6         requiring specified goals for veterans recruitment
    7         plans; requiring the Department of Management Services
    8         to collect specified data and to include the data in
    9         its annual workforce report and on its website;
   10         amending ss. 295.085 and 295.09, F.S.; conforming
   11         cross-references; providing an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Present subsection (4) of section 295.07,
   16  Florida Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (5), and a new
   17  subsection (4) is added to that section, to read:
   18         295.07 Preference in appointment and retention.—
   19         (4)(a)Each state agency shall, and political subdivisions
   20  of the state may, develop and implement a written veterans
   21  recruitment plan that establishes annual goals for ensuring the
   22  full use of veterans in the agency’s or political subdivision’s
   23  workforce. Each veterans recruitment plan must be designed to
   24  meet the established goals.
   25         (b)The Department of Management Services shall collect
   26  statistical data for each state agency on the number of persons
   27  who claim veterans’ preference, the number of persons who are
   28  hired through the veterans’ preference, and the number of
   29  persons who are hired as a result of the veterans recruitment
   30  plan. The department shall annually update the statistical data
   31  on its website and include it in its annual workforce report.
   32         (c) For purposes of this subsection, a veterans recruitment
   33  plan applies to veterans and their family members identified in
   34  subsection (1).
   35         Section 2. Section 295.085, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   36  read:
   37         295.085 Positions for which a numerically based selection
   38  process is not used.—In all positions in which the appointment
   39  or employment of persons is not subject to a written
   40  examination, with the exception of positions that are exempt
   41  under s. 295.07(5) s. 295.07(4), first preference in
   42  appointment, employment, and retention shall be given by the
   43  state and political subdivisions in the state to a person
   44  included under s. 295.07(1)(a) or (b), and second preference
   45  shall be given to a person included under s. 295.07(1)(c), (d),
   46  (e), (f), or (g) who possess the minimum qualifications
   47  necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved.
   48         Section 3. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
   49  295.09, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   50         295.09 Reinstatement or reemployment; promotion
   51  preference.—
   52         (1)(a) When an employee of the state or any of its
   53  political subdivisions employed in a position subject or not
   54  subject to a career service system or other merit-type system,
   55  with the exception of those positions which are exempt pursuant
   56  to s. 295.07(5) s. 295.07(4), has served in the Armed Forces of
   57  the United States and is discharged or separated therefrom with
   58  an honorable discharge, the state or its political subdivision
   59  shall reemploy or reinstate such person to the same position
   60  that he or she held prior to such service in the armed forces,
   61  or to an equivalent position, provided such person returns to
   62  the position within 1 year of his or her date of separation or,
   63  in cases of extended active duty, within 1 year of the date of
   64  discharge or separation subsequent to the extension. Such person
   65  shall also be awarded preference in promotion and shall be
   66  promoted ahead of all others who are as well qualified or less
   67  qualified for the position. When an examination for promotion is
   68  utilized, such person shall be awarded preference points, as
   69  provided in s. 295.08, and shall be promoted ahead of all those
   70  who appear in an equal or lesser position on the promotional
   71  register, provided he or she first successfully passes the
   72  examination for the promotional position.
   73         Section 4. This act shall take effect October 1, 2016.