Florida Senate - 2016                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 440
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  11/17/2015           .                                

       The Committee on Criminal Justice (Clemens) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete lines 45 - 110
    4  and insert:
    5         (d) “Veterinary care” means the practice of veterinary
    6  medicine as defined in s. 474.202 by a veterinarian. The term
    7  includes annual wellness examinations, vaccines, internal and
    8  external parasite prevention treatments, testing and treatment
    9  of illnesses and diseases, medications, emergency care and
   10  surgeries, specialty care such as veterinary oncology,
   11  euthanasia, and cremation.
   12         (3) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS.—The Legislature finds that:
   13         (a) Law enforcement dogs have become an integral part of
   14  many law enforcement efforts statewide, including the
   15  apprehension of suspects through tracking and searching,
   16  evidence location, drug and bomb detection, and search and
   17  rescue operations;
   18         (b) Law enforcement agencies agree that the use of law
   19  enforcement dogs is an extremely cost-effective means of crime
   20  control and that these dogs possess skills and abilities that
   21  frequently exceed those of existing technology;
   22         (c) The service of law enforcement dogs is often dangerous
   23  and can expose them to injury at a rate higher than that of
   24  nonservice dogs; and
   25         (d) Law enforcement dogs provide significant contributions
   26  to the residents of this state.
   27         (4) ESTABLISHMENT OF PROGRAM.-The Care for Retired Law
   28  Enforcement Dogs Program is created within the department to
   29  provide a stable funding source for veterinary care provided to
   30  these dogs.
   31         (5) ADMINISTRATION.—The department shall contract with a
   32  corporation not for profit organized under chapter 617 to
   33  administer and manage the Care for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs
   34  Program. Notwithstanding chapter 287, the department shall
   35  select a corporation not for profit through a competitive grant
   36  award process which:
   37         (a) Is dedicated to the protection or care of retired law
   38  enforcement dogs;
   39         (b) Is exempt from taxation under s. 501(a) of the Internal
   40  Revenue Code as an organization described in s. 501(c)(3) of
   41  that code;
   42         (c) Has maintained such tax-exempt status for at least 5
   43  years;
   44         (d) Agrees to be subject to review and audit at the
   45  discretion of the Auditor General in order to ensure accurate
   46  accounting and disbursement of state funds; and
   47         (e) Demonstrates the ability to effectively and efficiently
   48  disseminate information and to assist former handlers and
   49  adopters of retired law enforcement dogs in complying with this
   50  section.
   51         (6) FUNDING.—
   52         (a) The corporation not for profit shall be the disbursing
   53  authority for funds appropriated by the Legislature to the
   54  department for the Care for Retired Law Enforcement Dogs
   55  Program. These funds shall be disbursed to the former handler or
   56  adopter of a retired law enforcement dog upon receipt of:
   57         1. Valid documentation from the law enforcement agency from
   58  which the dog retired which verifies that the dog was in the
   59  service of or employed by such agency; and
   60         2. A valid invoice from a veterinarian for veterinary care
   61  provided in this state to a retired law enforcement dog and
   62  documentation establishing payment of the invoice by the former
   63  handler or adopter of a retired law enforcement dog.
   64         (b) Annual disbursements to a former handler or adopter to
   65  reimburse him or her for the cost of veterinary care provided to
   66  a retired law enforcement dog may not exceed $1,500 per dog. A
   67  former handler or adopter of a retired law enforcement dog may
   68  not accumulate unused funds from a current year for use in a
   69  future year.
   70         (c) A former handler or adopter of a retired law
   71  enforcement dog who seeks reimbursement for veterinary care