Florida Senate - 2017 SB 126 By Senator Steube 23-00268-17 2017126__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public officers and employees; 3 amending s. 112.3135, F.S.; authorizing an agency to 4 promote or advance an employee who is a relative of a 5 public official if certain conditions are met; 6 providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Subsection (2) of section 112.3135, Florida 11 Statutes, is amended to read: 12 112.3135 Restriction on employment of relatives.— 13 (2)(a) A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, 14 or advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, 15 or advancement, in or to a position in the agency in which the 16 official is serving or over which the official exercises 17 jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the 18 public official. An individual may not be appointed, employed, 19 promoted, or advanced in or to a position in an agency if such 20 appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement has been 21 advocated by a public official, serving in or exercising 22 jurisdiction or control over the agency, who is a relative of 23 the individual or if such appointment, employment, promotion, or 24 advancement is made by a collegial body of which a relative of 25 the individual is a member. However, this subsection shall not 26 apply to appointments to boards other than those with land 27 planning or zoning responsibilities in those municipalities with 28 less than 35,000 population. This subsection does not apply to 29 persons serving in a volunteer capacity who provide emergency 30 medical, firefighting, or police services. Such persons may 31 receive, without losing their volunteer status, reimbursements 32 for the costs of any training they get relating to the provision 33 of volunteer emergency medical, firefighting, or police services 34 and payment for any incidental expenses relating to those 35 services that they provide. 36 (b) An agency that uses a comprehensive application and 37 hiring process that includes an independent promotional 38 examination may promote or advance a relative to a new position 39 if the relative had been previously employed with such agency 40 before the public official’s appointment or election to the 41 agency. 42 (c) Mere approval of budgets shall not be sufficient to 43 constitute “jurisdiction or control” for the purposes of this 44 section. 45 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.