Florida Senate - 2017 CS for SB 1588 By the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security; and Senator Latvala 583-02710-17 20171588c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to military and veteran support; 3 amending s. 83.683, F.S.; requiring landlords, 4 condominium associations, cooperative associations, 5 and homeowners’ associations that require a 6 servicemember’s spouse or certain adult dependents to 7 submit a rental application to complete the processing 8 of the application of within a specified timeframe; 9 amending s. 295.187, F.S.; requiring the Department of 10 Veterans’ Affairs to create a website to streamline 11 the procedure for businesses applying for 12 certification as a veteran business enterprise; 13 amending s. 454.021, F.S.; authorizing the Supreme 14 Court to admit on motion a bar applicant who is the 15 spouse of a servicemember stationed in this state 16 under certain circumstances; amending s. 1012.56, 17 F.S.; requiring the Department of Education to 18 expedite the processing of an application for educator 19 certification submitted by a spouse of a servicemember 20 stationed in this state; requiring the State Board of 21 Education to adopt rules regarding extending validity 22 of a temporary certificate if the applicant is a 23 spouse of a servicemember stationed in this state; 24 providing legislative findings and intent regarding 25 continuing education for veterans of the United States 26 Armed Forces; providing legislative intent to require 27 collaboration between the State Board of Education and 28 the Board of Governors of the State University System 29 in achieving specified goals regarding educational 30 opportunities for veterans; providing an effective 31 date. 32 33 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 34 35 Section 1. Section 83.683, Florida Statutes, is amended to 36 read: 37 83.683 Rental application by a servicemember.— 38 (1) If a landlord requires a prospective tenant to complete 39 a rental application before residing in a rental unit, the 40 landlord must complete processing of a rental application 41 submitted by a prospective tenant who is a servicemember, as 42 defined in s. 250.01, within 7 days after submission and must, 43 within that 7-day period, notify the servicemember in writing of 44 an application approval or denial and, if denied, the reason for 45 denial. If the landlord requires the servicemember’s spouse or 46 any adult dependents of the servicemember who are to reside in 47 the same rental unit to submit a rental application, the 48 landlord must process those applications within the same 7-day 49 period. Absent a timely denial of the rental application, the 50 landlord must lease the rental unit to the servicemember if all 51 other terms of the application and lease are complied with. 52 (2) If a condominium association, as defined in chapter 53 718, a cooperative association, as defined in chapter 719, or a 54 homeowners’ association, as defined in chapter 720, requires a 55 prospective tenant of a condominium unit, cooperative unit, or 56 parcel within the association’s control to complete a rental 57 application before residing in a rental unit or parcel, the 58 association must complete processing of a rental application 59 submitted by a prospective tenant who is a servicemember, as 60 defined in s. 250.01, within 7 days after submission and must, 61 within that 7-day period, notify the servicemember in writing of 62 an application approval or denial and, if denied, the reason for 63 denial. If the association requires the servicemember’s spouse 64 or any adult dependents of the servicemember who are to reside 65 in the same unit or parcel to submit a rental application, the 66 association must process those applications within the same 7 67 day period. Absent a timely denial of the rental application, 68 the association must allow the unit or parcel owner to lease the 69 rental unit or parcel to the servicemember and the landlord must 70 lease the rental unit or parcel to the servicemember if all 71 other terms of the application and lease are complied with. 72 (3) The provisions of this section may not be waived or 73 modified by the agreement of the parties under any 74 circumstances. 75 Section 2. Present paragraph (d) of subsection (6) of 76 section 295.187, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph 77 (e), and a new paragraph (d) is added to that subsection, to 78 read: 79 295.187 Florida Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunity 80 Act.— 81 (6) DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS.—The 82 department shall: 83 (d) Create a website to streamline the procedure for 84 applying for certification as a veteran business enterprise. 85 Section 3. Subsection (4) is added to section 454.021, 86 Florida Statutes, to read: 87 454.021 Attorneys; admission to practice law; Supreme Court 88 to govern and regulate.— 89 (4)(a) The Supreme Court of Florida may admit on motion an 90 applicant as an attorney at law authorized to practice in this 91 state if the applicant is a spouse of a servicemember, as 92 defined in s. 250.01, stationed in this state and upon 93 certification by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners that the 94 applicant meets the following requirements: 95 1. The applicant has registered in the Defense Enrollment 96 Eligibility Reporting System established by the United States 97 Department of Defense; 98 2. The applicant holds a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws 99 from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; 100 3. The applicant is licensed to practice law in another 101 state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of the United 102 States after having passed a written exam; 103 4. The applicant can establish that he or she is a member 104 in good standing in all jurisdictions where licensed to practice 105 law and that he or she is not currently subject to discipline or 106 a pending disciplinary matter relating to the practice of law; 107 5. The applicant can demonstrate his or her presence in 108 this state as a spouse of a servicemember; and 109 6. The applicant has otherwise fulfilled all requirements 110 for admission to practice law in this state. 111 (b) The Supreme Court of Florida may specify circumstances 112 under which the license and authorization to practice law in 113 this state of an attorney licensed in accordance with paragraph 114 (a) terminates. 115 Section 4. Subsections (1) and (7) of section 1012.56, 116 Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 117 1012.56 Educator certification requirements.— 118 (1) APPLICATION.—Each person seeking certification pursuant 119 to this chapter shall submit a completed application containing 120 the applicant’s social security number to the Department of 121 Education and remit the fee required pursuant to s. 1012.59 and 122 rules of the State Board of Education. Pursuant to the federal 123 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act 124 of 1996, each party is required to provide his or her social 125 security number in accordance with this section. Disclosure of 126 social security numbers obtained through this requirement is 127 limited to the purpose of administration of the Title IV-D 128 program of the Social Security Act for child support 129 enforcement. Pursuant to s. 120.60, the department shall issue 130 within 90 calendar days after the stamped receipted date of the 131 completed application: 132 (a) If the applicant meets the requirements, a professional 133 certificate covering the classification, level, and area for 134 which the applicant is deemed qualified and a document 135 explaining the requirements for renewal of the professional 136 certificate; 137 (b) If the applicant meets the requirements and if 138 requested by an employing school district or an employing 139 private school with a professional education competence 140 demonstration program pursuant to paragraphs (6)(f) and (8)(b), 141 a temporary certificate covering the classification, level, and 142 area for which the applicant is deemed qualified and an official 143 statement of status of eligibility; or 144 (c) If the
anapplicant does not meet the requirements for 145 either certificate, an official statement of status of 146 eligibility. The statement of status of eligibility must advise 147 the applicant of any qualifications that must be completed to 148 qualify for certification. Each statement of status of 149 eligibility is valid for 3 years after its date of issuance, 150 except as provided in paragraph (2)(d). 151 152 If the applicant is the spouse of a servicemember, as defined in 153 s. 250.01, stationed in this state and if the applicant holds a 154 current professional standard teaching certificate issued by 155 another state, the department shall expedite the processing of 156 the application and issue a certificate or statement as provided 157 under paragraphs (a)-(c) within 60 calendar days after the 158 stamped receipted date of the completed application. 159 (7) TYPES AND TERMS OF CERTIFICATION.— 160 (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional 161 certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant 162 who meets all the requirements outlined in subsection (2) or, 163 for a professional certificate covering grades 6 through 12, any 164 applicant who: 165 1. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h). 166 2. Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of 167 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 168 3. Teaches a high school course in the subject of the 169 advanced degree. 170 4. Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s 171 performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on 172 student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized 173 assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International 174 Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate 175 examination. 176 5. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional 177 education competency examination required by state board rule. 178 (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to 179 any applicant who completes the requirements outlined in 180 paragraphs (2)(a)-(f) and completes the subject area content 181 requirements specified in state board rule or demonstrates 182 mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5) and 183 holds an accredited degree or a degree approved by the 184 Department of Education at the level required for the subject 185 area specialization in state board rule. 186 (c) The department shall issue one nonrenewable 2-year 187 temporary certificate and one nonrenewable 5-year professional 188 certificate to a qualified applicant who holds a bachelor’s 189 degree in the area of speech-language impairment to allow for 190 completion of a master’s degree program in speech-language 191 impairment. 192 193 Each temporary certificate is valid for 3 school fiscal years 194 and is nonrenewable. However, the requirement in paragraph 195 (2)(g) must be met within 1 calendar year of the date of 196 employment under the temporary certificate. Individuals who are 197 employed under contract at the end of the 1 calendar year time 198 period may continue to be employed through the end of the school 199 year in which they have been contracted. A school district shall 200 not employ, or continue the employment of, an individual in a 201 position for which a temporary certificate is required beyond 202 this time period if the individual has not met the requirement 203 of paragraph (2)(g). The State Board of Education shall adopt 204 rules to allow the department to extend the validity period of a 205 temporary certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the 206 professional certificate, not including the requirement in 207 paragraph (2)(g), were not completed due to the serious illness 208 or injury of the applicant, due to the fact that the applicant 209 is the spouse of a servicemember stationed in this state, or due 210 to other extraordinary extenuating circumstances. The department 211 shall reissue the temporary certificate for 2 additional years 212 upon approval by the Commissioner of Education. A written 213 request for reissuance of the certificate shall be submitted by 214 the district school superintendent, the governing authority of a 215 university lab school, the governing authority of a state 216 supported school, or the governing authority of a private 217 school. 218 Section 5. Legislative findings and intent; continuing 219 education of veterans of the United States Armed Forces.—The 220 Legislature finds that many veterans of the United States Armed 221 Forces in this state have completed training and coursework 222 during their military service, including overseas deployments, 223 resulting in tangible and quantifiable strides in their pursuit 224 of a postsecondary degree. The Legislature further finds that 225 the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the 226 State University System must work together to ensure that 227 military training and coursework are granted academic credit in 228 order to assist veterans in continuing their education. 229 Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the State 230 Board of Education and the Board of Governors work 231 collaboratively to: 232 (1) Align existing degree programs, including, but not 233 limited to, vocational and technical degrees, at each state 234 university and Florida College System institution with 235 applicable military training and experience to maximize academic 236 credit awarded for such training and experience. 237 (2) Appoint and train specific faculty within each degree 238 program at each state university and Florida College System 239 institution as liaisons and contacts for veterans. 240 (3) Incorporate outreach services tailored to disabled 241 veterans into existing disability services on the campus of each 242 state university and Florida College System institution to make 243 available to such veterans information on disability services 244 provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 245 other federal and state agencies, and private entities. 246 (4) Facilitate statewide meetings for personnel at state 247 universities and Florida College System institutions who provide 248 student services for veterans to discuss and develop best 249 practices, exchange ideas and experiences, and attend 250 presentations by individuals with expertise in the unique needs 251 of veterans. 252 (5) Make every effort to provide veterans with sufficient 253 courses required for graduation, including, but not limited to, 254 giving priority registration to veterans. 255 Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.