Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1588 By Senator Latvala 16-01422-17 20171588__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to military and veteran support; 3 amending s. 295.187, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Veterans’ Affairs to create a website to streamline 5 the procedure for businesses applying for 6 certification as a veteran business enterprise; 7 amending s. 454.021, F.S.; authorizing the Supreme 8 Court to admit on motion a bar applicant who is the 9 spouse of a servicemember stationed in this state 10 under certain circumstances; amending s. 1012.56, 11 F.S.; requiring the Department of Education to 12 expedite the processing of an application for educator 13 certification submitted by a spouse of a servicemember 14 stationed in this state; requiring the State Board of 15 Education to adopt rules regarding extending validity 16 of a temporary certificate if the applicant is a 17 spouse of a servicemember stationed in this state; 18 providing legislative findings and intent regarding 19 continuing education for veterans of the United States 20 Armed Forces; providing legislative intent to require 21 collaboration between the State Board of Education and 22 the Board of Governors of the State University System 23 in achieving specified goals regarding educational 24 opportunities for veterans; providing an effective 25 date. 26 27 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 28 29 Section 1. Present paragraph (d) of subsection (6) of 30 section 295.187, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph 31 (e), and a new paragraph (d) is added to that subsection, to 32 read: 33 295.187 Florida Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunity 34 Act.— 35 (6) DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS.—The 36 department shall: 37 (d) Create a website to streamline the procedure for 38 applying for certification as a veteran business enterprise. 39 Section 2. Subsection (4) is added to section 454.021, 40 Florida Statutes, to read: 41 454.021 Attorneys; admission to practice law; Supreme Court 42 to govern and regulate.— 43 (4)(a) The Supreme Court of Florida may admit on motion an 44 applicant as an attorney at law authorized to practice in this 45 state if the applicant is a spouse of a servicemember, as 46 defined in s. 250.01, stationed in this state and upon 47 certification by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners that the 48 applicant meets the following requirements: 49 1. The applicant has registered in the Defense Enrollment 50 Eligibility Reporting System established by the United States 51 Department of Defense; 52 2. The applicant holds a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws 53 from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; 54 3. The applicant is licensed to practice law in another 55 state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United 56 States after having passed a written exam; 57 4. The applicant can establish that he or she is a member 58 in good standing in all jurisdictions where licensed to practice 59 law and that he or she is not currently subject to discipline or 60 a pending disciplinary matter relating to the practice of law; 61 5. The applicant can demonstrate his or her presence in 62 this state as a spouse of a servicemember; and 63 6. The applicant has otherwise fulfilled all requirements 64 for admission to practice law in this state. 65 (b) The Supreme Court of Florida may specify circumstances 66 under which the license and authorization to practice law in 67 this state of an attorney licensed in accordance with paragraph 68 (a) terminates. 69 Section 3. Subsections (1) and (7) of section 1012.56, 70 Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 71 1012.56 Educator certification requirements.— 72 (1) APPLICATION.—Each person seeking certification pursuant 73 to this chapter shall submit a completed application containing 74 the applicant’s social security number to the Department of 75 Education and remit the fee required pursuant to s. 1012.59 and 76 rules of the State Board of Education. Pursuant to the federal 77 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act 78 of 1996, each party is required to provide his or her social 79 security number in accordance with this section. Disclosure of 80 social security numbers obtained through this requirement is 81 limited to the purpose of administration of the Title IV-D 82 program of the Social Security Act for child support 83 enforcement. Pursuant to s. 120.60, the department shall issue 84 within 90 calendar days after the stamped receipted date of the 85 completed application: 86 (a) If the applicant meets the requirements, a professional 87 certificate covering the classification, level, and area for 88 which the applicant is deemed qualified and a document 89 explaining the requirements for renewal of the professional 90 certificate; 91 (b) If the applicant meets the requirements and if 92 requested by an employing school district or an employing 93 private school with a professional education competence 94 demonstration program pursuant to paragraphs (6)(f) and (8)(b), 95 a temporary certificate covering the classification, level, and 96 area for which the applicant is deemed qualified and an official 97 statement of status of eligibility; or 98 (c) If the
anapplicant does not meet the requirements for 99 either certificate, an official statement of status of 100 eligibility. The statement of status of eligibility must advise 101 the applicant of any qualifications that must be completed to 102 qualify for certification. Each statement of status of 103 eligibility is valid for 3 years after its date of issuance, 104 except as provided in paragraph (2)(d). 105 106 If the applicant is the spouse of a servicemember, as defined in 107 s. 250.01, stationed in this state and if the applicant holds a 108 current professional standard teaching certificate issued by 109 another state, the department shall expedite the processing of 110 the application and issue a certificate or statement as provided 111 under paragraphs (a)-(c) within 60 calendar days after the 112 stamped receipted date of the completed application. 113 (7) TYPES AND TERMS OF CERTIFICATION.— 114 (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional 115 certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant 116 who meets all the requirements outlined in subsection (2) or, 117 for a professional certificate covering grades 6 through 12, any 118 applicant who: 119 1. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h). 120 2. Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of 121 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 122 3. Teaches a high school course in the subject of the 123 advanced degree. 124 4. Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s 125 performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on 126 student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized 127 assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International 128 Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate 129 examination. 130 5. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional 131 education competency examination required by state board rule. 132 (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to 133 any applicant who completes the requirements outlined in 134 paragraphs (2)(a)-(f) and completes the subject area content 135 requirements specified in state board rule or demonstrates 136 mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5) and 137 holds an accredited degree or a degree approved by the 138 Department of Education at the level required for the subject 139 area specialization in state board rule. 140 (c) The department shall issue one nonrenewable 2-year 141 temporary certificate and one nonrenewable 5-year professional 142 certificate to a qualified applicant who holds a bachelor’s 143 degree in the area of speech-language impairment to allow for 144 completion of a master’s degree program in speech-language 145 impairment. 146 147 Each temporary certificate is valid for 3 school fiscal years 148 and is nonrenewable. However, the requirement in paragraph 149 (2)(g) must be met within 1 calendar year of the date of 150 employment under the temporary certificate. Individuals who are 151 employed under contract at the end of the 1 calendar year time 152 period may continue to be employed through the end of the school 153 year in which they have been contracted. A school district shall 154 not employ, or continue the employment of, an individual in a 155 position for which a temporary certificate is required beyond 156 this time period if the individual has not met the requirement 157 of paragraph (2)(g). The State Board of Education shall adopt 158 rules to allow the department to extend the validity period of a 159 temporary certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the 160 professional certificate, not including the requirement in 161 paragraph (2)(g), were not completed due to the serious illness 162 or injury of the applicant, due to the fact that the applicant 163 is the spouse of a servicemember stationed in this state, or due 164 to other extraordinary extenuating circumstances. The department 165 shall reissue the temporary certificate for 2 additional years 166 upon approval by the Commissioner of Education. A written 167 request for reissuance of the certificate shall be submitted by 168 the district school superintendent, the governing authority of a 169 university lab school, the governing authority of a state 170 supported school, or the governing authority of a private 171 school. 172 Section 4. Legislative findings and intent; continuing 173 education of veterans of the United States Armed Forces.—The 174 Legislature finds that many veterans of the United States Armed 175 Forces in this state have completed training and coursework 176 during their military service, including overseas deployments, 177 resulting in tangible and quantifiable strides in their pursuit 178 of a postsecondary degree. The Legislature further finds that 179 the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the 180 State University System must work together to ensure that 181 military training and coursework are granted academic credit in 182 order to assist veterans in continuing their education. 183 Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the State 184 Board of Education and the Board of Governors work 185 collaboratively to: 186 (1) Align existing degree programs, including, but not 187 limited to, vocational and technical degrees, at each state 188 university and Florida College System institution with 189 applicable military training and experience to maximize academic 190 credit awarded for such training and experience. 191 (2) Appoint and train specific faculty within each degree 192 program at each state university and Florida College System 193 institution as liaisons and contacts for veterans. 194 (3) Incorporate outreach services tailored to disabled 195 veterans into existing disability services on the campus of each 196 state university and Florida College System institution to make 197 available to such veterans information on disability services 198 provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 199 other federal and state agencies, and private entities. 200 (4) Facilitate statewide meetings for personnel at state 201 universities and Florida College System institutions who provide 202 student services for veterans to discuss and develop best 203 practices, exchange ideas and experiences, and attend 204 presentations by individuals with expertise in the unique needs 205 of veterans. 206 (5) Make every effort to provide veterans with sufficient 207 courses required for graduation, including, but not limited to, 208 giving priority registration to veterans. 209 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.