Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1412 By Senator Simmons 9-01212-18 20181412__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Office of the Judges of 3 Compensation Claims; amending s. 440.45, F.S.; 4 revising the duration of the initial term of a judge 5 of compensation claims; specifying the duration of 6 each subsequent term of appointment; specifying the 7 salaries of full-time judges of compensation claims 8 and the Deputy Chief Judge; requiring salaries to be 9 paid out of the Workers’ Compensation Administration 10 Trust Fund; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subsection (2) of section 15 440.45, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (f) is added 16 to that subsection, to read: 17 440.45 Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims.— 18 (2) 19 (c) Each judge of compensation claims shall be appointed 20 for a term of 6
4years, with each subsequent term of 21 appointment being for a term of 4 years. A judge of compensation 22 claims, butduring the term of office, may be removed by the 23 Governor for cause. Before Prior tothe expiration of a judge’s 24 term of office, the statewide nominating commission shall review 25 the judge’s conduct and determine whether the judge’s 26 performance is satisfactory. Effective July 1, 2002, in 27 determining whether a judge’s performance is satisfactory, the 28 commission shall consider the extent to which the judge has met 29 the requirements of this chapter, including, but not limited to, 30 the requirements of ss. 440.25(1) and (4)(a)-(e), 440.34(2), and 31 440.442. If the judge’s performance is deemed satisfactory, the 32 commission shall report its finding to the Governor no later 33 than 6 months before prior tothe expiration of the judge’s term 34 of office. The Governor shall review the commission’s report and 35 may reappoint the judge for an additional 4-year term. If the 36 Governor does not reappoint the judge, the Governor shall inform 37 the commission. The judge shall remain in office until the 38 Governor has appointed a successor judge in accordance with 39 paragraphs (a) and (b). If a vacancy occurs during a judge’s 40 unexpired term, the statewide nominating commission does not 41 find the judge’s performance is satisfactory, or the Governor 42 does not reappoint the judge, the Governor shall appoint a 43 successor judge for a term of 4 years in accordance with 44 paragraph (b). 45 (f) All full-time judges of compensation claims shall 46 receive a salary equal to that of a county court judge. The 47 Deputy Chief Judge shall receive a salary of $1,000 more per 48 year than the salary paid to a full-time judge of compensation 49 claims. The salaries for the judges of compensation claims must 50 be paid out of the Workers’ Compensation Administration Trust 51 Fund established under s. 440.50. 52 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.