Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1566 By Senator Grimsley 26-00170-18 20181566__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to military and veteran support; 3 creating s. 295.156, F.S.; requiring the Department of 4 Veterans’ Affairs, subject to appropriation, to 5 contract with individuals and entities to provide 6 alternative treatment options for certain veterans; 7 defining the term “alternative treatment”; requiring 8 alternative treatment to be provided under the 9 direction and supervision of certain licensed 10 individuals; requiring a contracted individual or 11 entity to submit an annual report to the department; 12 amending s. 454.021, F.S.; authorizing the Supreme 13 Court of Florida to admit on motion a bar applicant 14 who is the spouse of a servicemember stationed in this 15 state under certain circumstances; providing for 16 construction; amending s. 1012.56, F.S.; requiring the 17 Department of Education to expedite the processing of 18 an application for educator certification submitted by 19 the spouse of a servicemember stationed in this state; 20 requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules 21 regarding extending validity of a temporary 22 certificate if the applicant is the spouse of a 23 servicemember stationed in this state; providing 24 legislative findings and intent regarding continuing 25 education for veterans of the United States Armed 26 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 295.156, Florida Statutes, is created to 36 read: 37 295.156 Alternative treatment options for veterans.— 38 (1) Subject to legislative appropriation, the Department of 39 Veterans’ Affairs shall contract with one or more individuals, 40 corporations not for profit, state universities, or Florida 41 College System institutions that have a background in veterans’ 42 health care to provide alternative treatment options for 43 veterans who have been certified by the United States Department 44 of Veterans Affairs or any branch of the United States Armed 45 Forces as having a traumatic brain injury or posttraumatic 46 stress disorder. For purposes of this section, the term 47 “alternative treatment” means a therapeutic service that is not 48 part of the standard of medical care established by the United 49 States Department of Veterans Affairs for treating traumatic 50 brain injury or posttraumatic stress disorder but has been shown 51 by at least one scientific or medical peer-reviewed study to 52 have some positive effect on traumatic brain injury or 53 posttraumatic stress disorder. Alternative treatment must be 54 provided under the direction and supervision of an individual 55 licensed under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 460, chapter 56 464, chapter 490, or chapter 491. 57 (2) Each contracted individual or entity shall report 58 annually to the department each type of alternative treatment 59 provided, the number of veterans served, and the treatment 60 outcomes. 61 Section 2. Subsection (4) is added to section 454.021, 62 Florida Statutes, to read: 63 454.021 Attorneys; admission to practice law; Supreme Court 64 to govern and regulate.— 65 (4)(a) The Supreme Court of Florida may admit on motion an 66 applicant as an attorney at law authorized to practice law in 67 this state if the applicant is a spouse of a servicemember, as 68 that term is defined in s. 250.01, stationed in this state upon 69 certification by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners that the 70 applicant meets the following requirements: 71 1. Is registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility 72 Reporting System established by the United States Department of 73 Defense; 74 2. Holds a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws from a law 75 school accredited by the American Bar Association; 76 3. Is licensed to practice law in another state, the 77 District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States after 78 having passed a written exam; 79 4. Can establish that he or she is a member in good 80 standing in all jurisdictions in which he or she is licensed to 81 practice law and that he or she is not currently subject to 82 discipline or a pending disciplinary matter relating to the 83 practice of law; 84 5. Can demonstrate his or her presence in this state as a 85 spouse of a servicemember; and 86 6. Has otherwise fulfilled all requirements for admission 87 to practice law in this state. 88 (b) The Supreme Court of Florida may specify circumstances 89 under which the license and authorization to practice law in 90 this state of an attorney admitted in accordance with paragraph 91 (a) terminates. 92 (c) In the event of a conflict between this subsection and 93 any rule regulating The Florida Bar authorizing the spouse of a 94 servicemember to practice law in this state, the provisions of 95 the rule shall prevail. 96 Section 3. Subsections (1) and (7) of section 1012.56, 97 Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 98 1012.56 Educator certification requirements.— 99 (1) APPLICATION.—Each person seeking certification pursuant 100 to this chapter shall submit a completed application containing 101 the applicant’s social security number to the Department of 102 Education and remit the fee required pursuant to s. 1012.59 and 103 rules of the State Board of Education. Pursuant to the federal 104 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act 105 of 1996, each party is required to provide his or her social 106 security number in accordance with this section. Disclosure of 107 social security numbers obtained through this requirement is 108 limited to the purpose of administration of the Title IV-D 109 program of the Social Security Act for child support 110 enforcement. 111 (a) Pursuant to s. 120.60, the department shall issue 112 within 90 calendar days after receipt of the completed 113 application a professional certificate to a qualifying applicant 114 covering the classification, level, and area for which the 115 applicant is deemed qualified and a document explaining the 116 requirements for renewal of the professional certificate. If the 117 applicant is the spouse of a servicemember, as that term is 118 defined in s. 250.01, stationed in this state and if the 119 applicant holds a current professional standard teaching 120 certificate issued by another state, the department shall 121 expedite the processing of the application and issue a 122 certificate to a qualifying applicant within 60 calendar days 123 after receipt of the completed application. 124 (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to a 125 qualifying applicant within 14 calendar days after receipt of a 126 request from an employer with a professional education 127 competence demonstration program pursuant to paragraphs (6)(f) 128 and (8)(b). The temporary certificate must cover the 129 classification, level, and area for which the applicant is 130 deemed qualified. The department shall electronically notify the 131 applicant’s employer that the temporary certificate has been 132 issued and provide the applicant an official statement of status 133 of eligibility at the time the certificate is issued. 134 (c) Pursuant to s. 120.60, the department shall issue 135 within 90 calendar days after receipt of the completed 136 application, if an applicant does not meet the requirements for 137 either certificate, an official statement of status of 138 eligibility. If the applicant is the spouse of a servicemember, 139 as that term is defined in s. 250.01, stationed in this state, 140 the department shall issue a statement of status of eligibility 141 within 60 calendar days after receipt of the completed 142 application if such applicant does not meet the requirements for 143 either certificate. 144 145 The statement of status of eligibility must be provided 146 electronically and must advise the applicant of any 147 qualifications that must be completed to qualify for 148 certification. Each method by which an applicant can complete 149 the qualifications for a professional certificate must be 150 included in the statement of status of eligibility. Each 151 statement of status of eligibility is valid for 3 years after 152 its date of issuance, except as provided in paragraph (2)(d). 153 (7) TYPES AND TERMS OF CERTIFICATION.— 154 (a) The Department of Education shall issue a professional 155 certificate for a period not to exceed 5 years to any applicant 156 who fulfills one of the following: 157 1. Meets all the requirements outlined in subsection (2). 158 2. For a professional certificate covering grades 6 through 159 12: 160 a. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h). 161 b. Holds a master’s or higher degree in the area of 162 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 163 c. Teaches a high school course in the subject of the 164 advanced degree. 165 d. Is rated highly effective as determined by the teacher’s 166 performance evaluation under s. 1012.34, based in part on 167 student performance as measured by a statewide, standardized 168 assessment or an Advanced Placement, Advanced International 169 Certificate of Education, or International Baccalaureate 170 examination. 171 e. Achieves a passing score on the Florida professional 172 education competency examination required by state board rule. 173 3. Meets the requirements of paragraphs (2)(a)-(h) and 174 completes a professional preparation and education competence 175 program approved by the department pursuant to paragraph (8)(c). 176 An applicant who completes the program and is rated highly 177 effective as determined by his or her performance evaluation 178 under s. 1012.34 is not required to take or achieve a passing 179 score on the professional education competency examination in 180 order to be awarded a professional certificate. 181 (b) The department shall issue a temporary certificate to 182 any applicant who completes the requirements outlined in 183 paragraphs (2)(a)-(f) and completes the subject area content 184 requirements specified in state board rule or demonstrates 185 mastery of subject area knowledge pursuant to subsection (5) and 186 holds an accredited degree or a degree approved by the 187 Department of Education at the level required for the subject 188 area specialization in state board rule. 189 (c) The department shall issue one nonrenewable 2-year 190 temporary certificate and one nonrenewable 5-year professional 191 certificate to a qualified applicant who holds a bachelor’s 192 degree in the area of speech-language impairment to allow for 193 completion of a master’s degree program in speech-language 194 impairment. 195 196 Each temporary certificate is valid for 3 school fiscal years 197 and is nonrenewable. However, the requirement in paragraph 198 (2)(g) must be met within 1 calendar year of the date of 199 employment under the temporary certificate. Individuals who are 200 employed under contract at the end of the 1 calendar year time 201 period may continue to be employed through the end of the school 202 year in which they have been contracted. A school district shall 203 not employ, or continue the employment of, an individual in a 204 position for which a temporary certificate is required beyond 205 this time period if the individual has not met the requirement 206 of paragraph (2)(g). At least 1 year before an individual’s 207 temporary certificate is set to expire, the department shall 208 electronically notify the individual of the date on which his or 209 her certificate will expire and provide a list of each method by 210 which the qualifications for a professional certificate can be 211 completed. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to 212 allow the department to extend the validity period of a 213 temporary certificate for 2 years when the requirements for the 214 professional certificate, not including the requirement in 215 paragraph (2)(g), were not completed due to the serious illness 216 or injury of the applicant; when the applicant is the spouse of 217 a servicemember stationed in this state; or when there are
or218 other extraordinary extenuating circumstances; or for 1 year if 219 the temporary certificateholder is rated effective or highly 220 effective based solely on a student learning growth formula 221 approved by the Commissioner of Education pursuant to s. 222 1012.34(8). The department shall reissue the temporary 223 certificate for 2 additional years upon approval by the 224 Commissioner of Education. A written request for reissuance of 225 the certificate shall be submitted by the district school 226 superintendent, the governing authority of a university lab 227 school, the governing authority of a state-supported school, or 228 the governing authority of a private school. 229 Section 4. Legislative findings and intent; continuing 230 education of veterans of the United States Armed Forces.—The 231 Legislature finds that many veterans of the United States Armed 232 Forces in this state have completed training and coursework 233 during their military service, including overseas deployments, 234 resulting in tangible and quantifiable strides in their pursuit 235 of a postsecondary degree. The Legislature further finds that 236 the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the 237 State University System must work together to ensure that 238 military training and coursework are granted academic credit in 239 order to assist veterans in continuing their educations. 240 Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the State 241 Board of Education and the Board of Governors of the State 242 University System work collaboratively to: 243 (1) Align existing degree programs, including, but not 244 limited to, vocational and technical degrees, at each state 245 university and Florida College System institution with 246 applicable military training and experience to maximize academic 247 credit awarded for such training and experience. 248 (2) Appoint and train specific faculty members within each 249 degree program at each state university and Florida College 250 System institution as liaisons and contacts for veterans. 251 (3) Incorporate outreach services tailored to disabled 252 veterans into existing disability services on the campus of each 253 state university and Florida College System institution to make 254 available to such veterans information on disability services 255 provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 256 other federal and state agencies, and private entities. 257 (4) Facilitate statewide meetings for personnel at state 258 universities and Florida College System institutions who provide 259 student services to veterans to discuss and develop best 260 practices, exchange ideas and experiences, and attend 261 presentations by individuals with expertise in the unique needs 262 of veterans. 263 (5) Make every effort to provide veterans with sufficient 264 courses required for graduation, including, but not limited to, 265 giving priority registration to veterans. 266 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.