Florida Senate - 2019 SB 656 By Senator Baxley 12-00955-19 2019656__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to background screening; amending ss. 3 25.386 and 44.106, F.S.; requiring that certain 4 standards and procedures for foreign language court 5 interpreters and mediators, respectively, include 6 level 2 background screenings; providing an effective 7 date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Section 25.386, Florida Statutes, is amended to 12 read: 13 25.386 Foreign language court interpreters.—The Supreme 14 Court shall establish minimum standards and procedures for 15 qualifications, certification, professional conduct, discipline, 16 and training of foreign language court interpreters who are 17 appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction. Such standards 18 and procedures must require a level 2 background screening 19 conducted in accordance with chapter 435. The Supreme Court 20 shall set fees to be charged to applicants for certification and 21 renewal of certification as a foreign language court 22 interpreter. The revenues generated from such fees shall be used 23 to offset the costs of administration of the certification 24 program and shall be deposited into the Administrative Trust 25 Fund within the state courts system. The Supreme Court may 26 appoint or employ such personnel as are necessary to assist the 27 court in administering this section. 28 Section 2. Section 44.106, Florida Statutes, is amended to 29 read: 30 44.106 Standards and procedures for mediators and 31 arbitrators; fees.—The Supreme Court shall establish minimum 32 standards and procedures for qualifications, certification, 33 professional conduct, discipline, and training for mediators and 34 arbitrators who are appointed pursuant to this chapter. Such 35 standards and procedures for mediators must require a level 2 36 background screening conducted in accordance with chapter 435. 37 The Supreme Court is authorized to set fees to be charged to 38 applicants for certification and renewal of certification. The 39 revenues generated from these fees shall be used to offset the 40 costs of administration of the certification process. The 41 Supreme Court may appoint or employ such personnel as are 42 necessary to assist the court in exercising its powers and 43 performing its duties under this chapter. 44 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.