Florida Senate - 2023                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1310
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Rules (DiCeglie) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 112.219, Florida Statutes, may be cited
    6  as the “Expanding Public Sector Career Opportunities Act.”
    7         Section 2. Section 112.219, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    8  read:
    9         112.219 Substitution of work experience for postsecondary
   10  educational requirements.—
   11         (1) Beginning July 1, 2022, The head of a public employer
   12  an employing agency may elect to substitute verifiable, related
   13  work experience in lieu of postsecondary educational
   14  requirements for a position of employment if the person seeking
   15  the position of employment is otherwise qualified for such
   16  position.
   17         (2) Related work experience may not substitute for any
   18  required licensure, certification, or registration required for
   19  the position of employment as established by the public employer
   20  employing agency and indicated in the advertised description of
   21  the position of employment.
   22         (3) If the head of a public employer an employing agency
   23  elects to substitute related work experience for postsecondary
   24  educational requirements, the public employer employing agency
   25  must include, in all advertisements for the position of
   26  employment made by the public employer employing agency, include
   27  a notice that such substitution is authorized and a description
   28  of the related work experience equivalencies that may be
   29  substituted for the required postsecondary education.
   30         (4) This section does not abridge state and federal laws
   31  and regulations governing equal opportunity employment.
   32         (5) For purposes of this section, the term:
   33         (a)“Postsecondary degree” means an associate degree, a
   34  bachelor’s degree, or a graduate degree from an accredited
   35  college or university.
   36         (b)“Public employer” has the same meaning as in s. 448.095
   37  “employing agency” means any agency or unit of government of the
   38  state or any county, municipality, or political subdivision
   39  thereof, including special districts, that is authorized to
   40  employ personnel to carry out the responsibilities of the agency
   41  or unit of government.
   42         (6)A public employer may include a postsecondary degree as
   43  a baseline requirement only as an alternative to the number of
   44  years of direct experience required, not to exceed:
   45         (a)Two years of direct experience for an associate degree;
   46         (b)Four years of direct experience for a bachelor’s
   47  degree;
   48         (c)Six years of direct experience for a master’s degree;
   49         (d)Seven years of direct experience for a professional
   50  degree; or
   51         (e)Nine years of direct experience for a doctoral degree.
   52         Section 3. Subsection (28) is added to section 287.057,
   53  Florida Statutes, to read:
   54         287.057 Procurement of commodities or contractual
   55  services.—
   56         (28)An agency may substitute verifiable, related work
   57  experience in lieu of postsecondary education requirements for
   58  contractual services pursuant to s. 112.219 if the person
   59  seeking the contract for services is otherwise qualified for
   60  such contract.
   61         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.
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   64  And the title is amended as follows:
   65         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   66  and insert:
   67                        A bill to be entitled                      
   68         An act relating to substitution of work experience for
   69         postsecondary education requirements; providing a
   70         short title; amending s. 112.219, F.S.; removing
   71         obsolete language; defining terms; providing that a
   72         postsecondary degree may be a baseline requirement for
   73         employment with a public employer only under a certain
   74         circumstance; conforming provisions to changes made by
   75         the act; amending s. 287.057, F.S.; authorizing an
   76         agency to substitute certain work experience for
   77         postsecondary education requirements for a person
   78         seeking to enter into a contract with the agency under
   79         certain circumstances; providing an effective date.