Florida Senate - 2017 CS for CS for SB 154 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Criminal Justice; and Senators Thurston and Garcia 576-03494-17 2017154c2 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. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 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.