Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. PCS (525260) for CS for SB 2
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/23/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Flores and Galvano) recommended
       the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 609 and 610
    4  insert:
    5         Section 16. Section 1009.894, Florida Statutes, is created
    6  to read:
    7         1009.894. Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship Program.
    8  The Legislature recognizes the vital contribution of farmworkers
    9  to the economy of this state. The Florida Farmworker Student
   10  Scholarship Program is created to provide scholarships for
   11  farmworkers, as defined in s. 420.503, and the children of such
   12  farmworkers.
   13         (1) The Department of Education shall administer the
   14  Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship Program according to
   15  rules and procedures established by the State Board of
   16  Education. Up to 50 scholarships shall be awarded annually
   17  according to the criteria established in subsection (2) and
   18  contingent upon an appropriation in the General Appropriations
   19  Act.
   20         (2)(a) To be eligible for an initial scholarship, a student
   21  must, at a minimum:
   22         1. Have a resident status as required by s. 1009.40 and
   23  rules of the State Board of Education;
   24         2.Earn a minimum cumulative 3.5 weighted grade point
   25  average for all high school courses creditable towards a
   26  diploma;
   27         3.Complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service; and
   28         4.Have at least a 90 percent attendance rate and not have
   29  had any disciplinary action brought against him or her, as
   30  documented on the student’s high school transcript.
   31         (b) The department shall rank eligible initial applicants
   32  for the purposes of awarding scholarships based on need, as
   33  determined by the department.
   34         (c) In order to renew a scholarship awarded pursuant to
   35  this section, a student must maintain at least a cumulative
   36  grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for college
   37  coursework.
   38         (3) A scholarship recipient must enroll in a minimum of 12
   39  credit hours per term, or the equivalent, at a public
   40  postsecondary educational institution in this state to receive
   41  funding.
   42         (4) A scholarship recipient may receive an award for a
   43  maximum of 100 percent of the number of credit hours required to
   44  complete an associate or baccalaureate degree program or receive
   45  an award for a maximum of 100 percent of the credit hours or
   46  clock hours required to complete up to 90 credit hours of a
   47  program that terminates in a career certificate. The scholarship
   48  recipient is eligible for an award equal to the amount required
   49  to pay the tuition and fees established under ss. 1009.22(3),
   50  (5), (6), and (7); 1009.23(3), (4), (7), (8), (10), and (11);
   51  and 1009.24(4), (7)-(13), (14)(r), and (16), as applicable, at a
   52  public postsecondary educational institution in this state.
   53  Renewal scholarships must take precedence over new awards in a
   54  year in which funds are not sufficient to accommodate both
   55  initial and renewal awards. The scholarship must be prorated for
   56  any such year.
   57         (5)Subject to appropriation in the General Appropriations
   58  Act, the department shall annually issue awards from the
   59  scholarship program. Before the registration period each
   60  semester, the department shall transmit payment for each award
   61  to the president or director of the postsecondary educational
   62  institution, or his or her representative. However, the
   63  department may withhold payment if the receiving institution
   64  fails to submit the following reports or make the following
   65  refunds to the department:
   66         (a) Each institution shall certify to the department the
   67  eligibility status of each student to receive a disbursement
   68  within 30 days before the end of its regular registration
   69  period, inclusive of a drop and add period. An institution is
   70  not required to reevaluate the student eligibility after the end
   71  of the drop and add period.
   72         (b) An institution that receives funds from the scholarship
   73  program must certify to the department the amount of funds
   74  disbursed to each student and remit to the department any
   75  undisbursed advance within 60 days after the end of the regular
   76  registration period.
   77         (6) The department shall allocate funds to the appropriate
   78  institutions and collect and maintain data regarding the
   79  scholarship program within the student financial assistance
   80  database as specified in s. 1009.94.
   81         (7) Funding for this program shall be as provided in the
   82  General Appropriations Act.
   84  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   85  And the title is amended as follows:
   86         Delete line 51
   87  and insert:
   88         students; creating s. 1009.894, F.S.; creating the
   89         Florida Farmworker Student Scholarship Program;
   90         providing a purpose; requiring the Department of
   91         Education to administer the scholarship program;
   92         providing initial and renewal scholarship student
   93         eligibility criteria; specifying award amounts and
   94         distributions; requiring the department to issue the
   95         awards annually; requiring institutions to certify
   96         certain information and remit any remaining funds to
   97         the department by a specified timeframe; requiring the
   98         department to maintain program data; providing for
   99         funding as specified in the General Appropriations
  100         Act; providing a directive to the Division of Law