Florida Senate - 2020 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 682 Ì6765702Î676570 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Baxley) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 741.0307, Florida Statutes, is created 6 to read: 7 741.0307 Marriage Education Committee; Florida Guide to a 8 Healthy Marriage.— 9 (1) There is created within the Department of Children and 10 Families, for administrative purposes only, the Marriage 11 Education Committee for the sole purpose of creating the Florida 12 Guide to a Healthy Marriage. Except as otherwise provided in 13 this section, the committee shall operate in a manner consistent 14 with s. 20.052. The committee shall consist of six marriage 15 education and family advocates, one of whom shall be appointed 16 by the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social 17 Workers, one of whom shall be appointed by the Florida Family 18 Therapy Association, and one of whom shall be appointed by the 19 Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, one of whom shall 20 be appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be appointed by 21 the President of the Senate, and one of whom shall be appointed 22 by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Members of the 23 committee shall reflect the ethnic and gender diversity of the 24 state. The committee shall be appointed by September 1, 2020, 25 and the appointees shall each serve a 1-year term or until such 26 time as the Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage has been 27 created, whichever is earlier. The committee shall submit the 28 completed guide to the Governor, the President of the Senate, 29 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives and terminates 30 with the submission of the guide. The committee shall 31 subsequently be reconstituted once every 10 years after July 1, 32 2020, to review and update the contents of the guide. The 33 reconstituted committee shall consist of six marriage education 34 and family advocates, one of whom shall be appointed by the 35 Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, 36 one of whom shall be appointed by the Florida Family Therapy 37 Association, and one of whom shall be appointed by the Florida 38 Mental Health Counseling Association, one of whom shall be 39 appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be appointed by the 40 President of the Senate, and one of whom shall be appointed by 41 the Speaker of the House of Representatives. A vacancy on the 42 committee shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term 43 in the same manner as the original appointment. 44 (2) The Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage shall include, 45 but is not limited to: 46 (a) Resources regarding conflict management, communication 47 skills, family expectations, financial responsibilities and 48 management, domestic violence resources, and parenting 49 responsibilities. 50 (b) Current information from marriage education and family 51 advocates to assist in forming and maintaining a long-term 52 marital relationship. 53 (c) Information regarding premarital education, marriage 54 enrichment education, and resources that are available to help 55 restore a marriage that is potentially moving toward 56 dissolution. 57 (d) Contact information and website links to additional 58 resources and local professional and community services to 59 further assist a marital relationship. 60 (3) The Marriage Education Committee shall oversee the 61 design and layout of the guide. The committee shall raise funds 62 from private sources to cover the costs of the design and 63 layout. The committee may raise funds from private sources to 64 cover the costs of printing and distributing copies of the 65 guide. If adequate funds are not raised to cover the costs of 66 printing and distribution, the committee will not be required to 67 print or distribute copies of the guide. 68 (4) The clerk of the circuit court in each judicial circuit 69 shall post an electronic copy of the guide on its website. 70 Additionally, if the Marriage Education Committee provides 71 printed copies of the guide to the office of the clerk of the 72 circuit court, the clerk shall make the guide available to 73 marriage license applicants. The clerk of the circuit court is 74 encouraged to provide a list of course providers and sites where 75 marriage and relationship skill-building classes are available. 76 (5) The Marriage Education Committee shall review the guide 77 and provide a report to the Governor, the President of the 78 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives every 10 79 years, or as soon thereafter as practicable, detailing changes 80 made to the guide and recommending further updates. 81 Section 2. Subsection (4) of section 741.04, Florida 82 Statutes, is amended to read 83 741.04 Issuance of marriage license.— 84 (4) A county court judge or clerk of the circuit court may 85 not issue a license for the marriage of any person unless the 86 county court judge or clerk of the circuit court is first 87 presented with both of the following: 88 (a) A written statement, signed by both parties, which 89 specifies whether the parties, individually or together, have 90 completed a premarital preparation course. 91
(b) A written statement that verifies that both parties92 have obtained and read or otherwise accessed the information93 contained in the handbook or other electronic media presentation94 of the rights and responsibilities of parties to a marriage95 specified in s. 741.0306.96 (b) A statement that verifies that both parties have 97 obtained and read or otherwise accessed the information 98 contained in the Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage, as created 99 under s. 741.0307, or some other presentation of information 100 regarding conflict management, communication skills, family 101 expectations, financial responsibilities and management, 102 domestic violence resources, and parenting responsibilities. 103 Section 3. Section 741.0306, F.S., is repealed. 104 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020. 105 106 107 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 108 And the title is amended as follows: 109 Delete everything before the enacting clause 110 and insert: 111 A bill to be entitled 112 An act relating to the Florida Guide to a Healthy 113 Marriage; creating s. 741.0307, F.S.; creating the 114 Marriage Education Committee within the Department of 115 Children and Families for the purpose of creating the 116 Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage; providing for 117 committee operation; providing for appointment of 118 committee members and terms of office; requiring the 119 committee to submit the completed guide to the 120 Governor and the Legislature; providing for committee 121 termination; providing for periodic reconstitution of 122 the committee to review and update the guide; 123 providing requirements for filling vacancies; 124 providing requirements for the guide’s content; 125 requiring the committee to oversee the design and 126 layout of the guide and obtain private funds to cover 127 associated costs; authorizing the committee to obtain 128 private funds for the costs of printing and 129 distributing copies of the guide; authorizing the 130 committee to distribute printed copies of the guide 131 under certain circumstances; requiring clerks of court 132 to post an electronic copy of the guide on the court’s 133 website and provide printed copies to applicants for 134 marriage licenses under certain circumstances; 135 encouraging clerks of court to provide a list of 136 certain course providers and websites where certain 137 classes are available; providing for periodic review 138 and revision of the guide; requiring the committee to 139 periodically submit a report to the Governor and the 140 Legislature detailing its revisions to the guide and 141 recommendations for further updates; amending s. 142 741.04, F.S.; prohibiting the issuance of a marriage 143 license until petitioners verify that both parties 144 have obtained and read the Florida Guide to a Healthy 145 Marriage or some other presentation of similar 146 information; removing the requirement related to the 147 family law handbook; repealing s. 741.0306, F.S.; 148 providing an effective date.