Florida Senate - 2016                                     SB 818
       By Senator Latvala
       20-00680-16                                            2016818__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to instruction on human trafficking;
    3         creating s. 456.0315, F.S.; providing that certain
    4         licensing boards must require specified licensees to
    5         complete a continuing education course on human
    6         trafficking as a condition of relicensure or
    7         recertification; providing requirements and procedures
    8         related to the course; providing that failure to
    9         complete the course is grounds for disciplinary
   10         action; providing rulemaking authority; providing an
   11         effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Section 456.0315, Florida Statutes, is created
   16  to read:
   17         456.0315 Requirement for continuing education on human
   18  trafficking.—
   19         (1)(a) The appropriate board shall require each person
   20  licensed or certified under chapter 458 or chapter 459 to
   21  complete a 1-hour continuing education course, approved by the
   22  board, on human trafficking, as defined in s. 787.06(2), as part
   23  of every third biennial relicensure or recertification. The
   24  course shall consist of data and information on the extent of
   25  labor and sex trafficking; risk factors and indicators to
   26  recognize human trafficking victims; management of medical
   27  records of patients who are human trafficking victims; patient
   28  safety and security; public and private social services
   29  available for rescue, food, clothing, and shelter referrals;
   30  hotlines for reporting human trafficking maintained by the
   31  National Human Trafficking Resource Center and the United States
   32  Department of Homeland Security; validated assessment tools for
   33  identifying human trafficking victims; procedures for sharing
   34  information related to human trafficking with a patient; and
   35  referral options for legal and social services as appropriate.
   36         (b) Each licensee or certificateholder shall submit
   37  confirmation of having completed the continuing education
   38  course, on a form provided by the board, when submitting fees
   39  for every third biennial relicensure or recertification.
   40         (c) The board may approve additional equivalent courses
   41  that may be used to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a).
   42  Each licensing board that requires a licensee to complete a
   43  continuing education course pursuant to this subsection may
   44  include the hour required for completion of the course in the
   45  total hours of continuing education required by law for the
   46  profession, unless the continuing education requirements for the
   47  profession consist of fewer than 30 hours of continuing
   48  education biennially.
   49         (d) Any person holding two or more licenses subject to the
   50  provisions of this subsection shall be permitted to show proof
   51  of completion of one board-approved course on human trafficking
   52  for purposes of relicensure or recertification for additional
   53  licenses.
   54         (e) Failure to comply with the requirements of this
   55  subsection shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action
   56  under chapter 458 or chapter 459 and s. 456.072(1)(k). In
   57  addition to discipline by the board, the licensee shall be
   58  required to complete the board-approved course under this
   59  subsection.
   60         (2) Each board may adopt rules to carry out the provisions
   61  of this section.
   62         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.