Florida Senate - 2017              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. CS for SB 154
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to autism awareness training for law
    3         enforcement officers; creating s. 943.1727, F.S.;
    4         requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to
    5         establish a continued employment training component
    6         relating to autism spectrum disorder; specifying
    7         instruction to be included in the training component;
    8         providing that completion of the training may count
    9         toward continued employment instruction requirements;
   10         providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 943.1727, Florida Statutes, is created
   15  to read:
   16         943.1727 Continued employment training relating to autism
   17  spectrum disorder.—The department shall establish a continued
   18  employment training component relating to autism spectrum
   19  disorder as defined in s. 627.6686. The training component shall
   20  include, but need not be limited to, instruction on the
   21  recognition of the symptoms and characteristics of an individual
   22  on the autism disorder spectrum and appropriate responses to a
   23  person exhibiting such symptoms and characteristics. Completion
   24  of the training component may count toward the 40 hours of
   25  instruction for continued employment or appointment as a law
   26  enforcement officer required under s. 943.135.
   27         Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2017.