Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. CS for SB 1118 Ì580884JÎ580884 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/17/2017 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development (Artiles) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment to Amendment (744514) (with title 2 amendment) 3 4 Between lines 147 and 148 5 insert: 6 Section 7. Effective October 1, 2017, section 335.094, 7 Florida Statutes, is created to read: 8 335.094 Highway memorial markers; public safety awareness.— 9 (1) In recognition of the department’s mission to provide a 10 safe transportation system, the Legislature intends that the 11 department allow the use of highway memorial markers at or near 12 the location of traffic-related fatalities on the State Highway 13 System to raise public awareness and remind motorists to drive 14 safely by memorializing people who have died as a result of a 15 traffic-related crash. 16 (2) The department shall establish a process, including any 17 forms deemed necessary by the department, for submitting 18 applications for installation of a memorial marker as authorized 19 in this section. Applications may be submitted to the department 20 by: 21 (a) A member of the decedent’s family, which includes the 22 decedent’s spouse; a child, parent, or sibling of the decedent, 23 whether biological, adopted, or step relation; and any lineal or 24 collateral descendant of the decedent; or 25 (b) Any individual who is responsible under the laws of 26 this state for the disposition of the unclaimed remains of the 27 decedent or for other matters relating to the interment or 28 memorialization of the decedent. 29 (3) The department shall establish criteria for the design 30 and fabrication of memorial markers, including, but not limited 31 to, marker components, fabrication material, and size. 32 (4)(a) The department may install a round aluminum sign 33 panel with white background and black letters uniformly 34 inscribed “Drive Safely, In Memory Of” followed by the 35 decedent’s name at no charge to the applicant. 36 (b) Upon the request of the applicant and payment of a 37 reasonable fee set by the department to offset production costs, 38 memorial markers may incorporate the available emblems of belief 39 approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs 40 National Cemetery Administration. For purposes of this section, 41 an “emblem of belief” means an emblem that represents the 42 decedent’s religious affiliation or sincerely held religious 43 belief system, or a sincerely held belief system that was 44 functionally equivalent to a religious belief system in the life 45 of the decedent. The religion or belief system represented by an 46 emblem need not be associated with or endorsed by a church, 47 group, or organized denomination. The term does not include 48 emblems, graphics, logos, or symbols that relate to social, 49 cultural, ethnic, civic, fraternal, trade, commercial, 50 political, professional, or military status. 51 (c) An applicant may request a new emblem of belief not 52 specifically approved by the United States Department of 53 Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration for 54 inscription on a memorial marker as follows: 55 1. The applicant must certify that the proposed new emblem 56 of belief represents the decedent’s religious affiliation or 57 sincerely held religious belief system, or a sincerely held 58 belief system that was functionally equivalent to a religious 59 belief system in the life of the decedent. 60 2. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the 61 department shall accept as genuine an applicant’s statement of 62 the religious or functionally equivalent belief system of a 63 decedent. 64 (d) If the department determines that any application under 65 this section is incomplete, the department must notify the 66 applicant in writing of any missing information and must notify 67 the applicant in writing that no further action on the 68 application will be taken until the missing information is 69 provided. 70 (5) The department shall place a memorial marker for any 71 approved application at or near the location of the fatality in 72 a fashion that reduces driver distraction and positions the 73 marker as near the right-of-way line as possible. 74 (6) Memorial markers are intended to remind passing 75 motorists of the dangers of unsafe driving and are not intended 76 for visitation. The department shall remove a memorial marker if 77 the department determines the presence of the marker creates a 78 safety hazard. In such cases, the department shall post a notice 79 near where the marker was located indicating that the marker has 80 been removed and provide contact information for pickup of the 81 marker. The department shall store any removed markers for at 82 least 60 days. If after 60 days the memorial is not claimed, the 83 department may dispose of the marker as it deems necessary. 84 85 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 86 And the title is amended as follows: 87 Delete line 588 88 and insert: 89 by the Federal Highway Administration; creating s. 90 335.094, F.S.; providing legislative intent; requiring 91 the department to establish a process, including any 92 forms deemed necessary by the department, for 93 submitting applications for installation of a memorial 94 marker; specifying persons who may submit such 95 applications to the department; requiring the 96 department to establish criteria for the design and 97 fabrication of memorial markers; authorizing the 98 department to install a certain sign at no charge to 99 an applicant; providing that memorial markers may 100 incorporate the available emblems of belief approved 101 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs 102 National Cemetery Administration upon the request of 103 the applicant and payment of a reasonable fee set by 104 the department to offset production costs; defining 105 the term “emblem of belief”; authorizing an applicant 106 to request a new emblem of belief not specifically 107 approved by the United States Department of Veterans 108 Affairs National Cemetery Administration for 109 inscription on a memorial marker, subject to certain 110 requirements; requiring the department, under certain 111 circumstances, to notify an applicant of any missing 112 information and that no further action on the 113 application will be taken until the missing 114 information is provided; providing requirements for 115 placement of the memorial marker by the department; 116 requiring the department to remove a memorial marker 117 if the department determines the presence of the 118 marker creates a safety hazard, subject to certain 119 requirements; amending s.