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. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 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.