Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1736 By Senator Hooper 16-01154-22 20221736__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to records of physical examinations of 3 officers; amending s. 943.13, F.S.; requiring an 4 employing agency to maintain records of employee 5 physical examinations for a specified period of time 6 after employee separation from the agency; creating a 7 presumption that applies to employees whose records 8 are not maintained for that period of time; providing 9 an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Subsection (6) of section 943.13, Florida 14 Statutes, is amended to read: 15 943.13 Officers’ minimum qualifications for employment or 16 appointment.—On or after October 1, 1984, any person employed or 17 appointed as a full-time, part-time, or auxiliary law 18 enforcement officer or correctional officer; on or after October 19 1, 1986, any person employed as a full-time, part-time, or 20 auxiliary correctional probation officer; and on or after 21 October 1, 1986, any person employed as a full-time, part-time, 22 or auxiliary correctional officer by a private entity under 23 contract to the Department of Corrections, to a county 24 commission, or to the Department of Management Services shall: 25 (6) Have passed a physical examination by a licensed 26 physician, physician assistant, or licensed advanced practice 27 registered nurse, based on specifications established by the 28 commission. In order to be eligible for the presumption set 29 forth in s. 112.18 while employed with an employing agency, a 30 law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or correctional 31 probation officer must have successfully passed the physical 32 examination required by this subsection upon entering into 33 service as a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or 34 correctional probation officer with the employing agency, which 35 examination must have failed to reveal any evidence of 36 tuberculosis, heart disease, or hypertension. A law enforcement 37 officer, correctional officer, or correctional probation officer 38 may not use a physical examination from a former employing 39 agency for purposes of claiming the presumption set forth in s. 40 112.18 against the current employing agency. An employing agency 41 shall maintain records of the physical examination required 42 under this subsection for at least 5 years after the employee’s 43 separation from that agency. If an employing agency fails to 44 maintain such records for the required period of time, it is 45 presumed that the law enforcement officer, correctional officer, 46 or correctional probation officer satisfied the requirement of 47 this subsection of having passed a physical examination. 48 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.