Senator Evers/Representative Steube
Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms; Deleting a provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm into a college or university facility, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2016
Senator Negron/ Representative Moskowitz
State Contracts; Prohibiting a public entity from entering into specified contracts; prohibiting a company from contracting with the state if the company appears on the Scrutinized Companies with Activities in the Iran Petroleum Energy Sector List; requiring a company that attempts to contract with the state to certify that the company or the assignee is not on the list; authorizing the state agency or entity to take appropriate actions as provided by law, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2016
Employment of Student Interns
Employment of Student Interns: Creates “Florida Student Intern Employment Program”; provides tax credit against corporate income tax for hiring student interns; provides qualifying criteria for business & student intern; authorizes DOR to adopt rules. Effective Date: July 1, 2016
Employment-Benefits & Retirement
Representative Gaetz (M)/Senator Gaetz (D)
Insurance Coverage for State Officers: Restricts participation of state officers in certain state group insurance programs that provide benefits in excess of those offered to Medicaid recipients. Effective Date:
July 1, 2016
State University System
State University System Performance-based Incentives; Requiring performance-based metrics to include specified wage thresholds; requiring the Board of Governors to establish minimum performance funding eligibility thresholds; prohibiting a state university that fails to meet the state’s threshold from eligibility for a share of the state’s investment performance funding, etc.
Postsecondary Educational Institutions
Representative Rodriguez/Senator Ring
Revises provisions relating to disclosure requirements of institutions under jurisdiction of CIE; requires certain institutions to provide each student disclosure statement & maintain federal student loan cohort default rate below specified percentage; revises minimum standards Commission for Independent Education must use to evaluate institution for licensure to include federal student loan cohort default rate; revises minimum criteria for independent postsecondary educational institution to apply for license by accreditation to include maximum percentage for institution’s federal student loan cohort default rate.
Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda
Public Records and Public Meetings/University Direct-Support Organizations: Deletes provision that protects identity of donor to university direct-support organization; deletes public records exemption for university direct-support organization; deletes public meetings exemption for certain meetings of university direct-support organization. Effective Date: July 1, 2016
Student’s – Loans
Representative Narain/Senator Smith
STEM Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Creates STEM Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program; provides for administration, funding, eligibility, use of funds, & rules for program. Effective Date: July 1, 2016
State Employee Salaries
Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda/Senator Joyner
Defining the term “state employee”; requiring a competitive pay adjustment for state employees as of a specified date, etc.
Tuition and Fee Exemptions
Exempting certain students who were adopted from the Department of Children and Families or who are or were in the custody of the department under specified circumstances from paying tuition and fees to workforce education programs, Florida College System institutions, and state universities, etc.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; Providing that the initial award period and the renewal period for students who are unable to accept an initial award immediately after completion of high school due to a full-time religious or service obligation begin upon the completion of the religious or service obligation; requiring a student, as a prerequisite for the Florida Academic Scholars award, the Florida Medallion Scholars award, or the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars award, to identify a social or civic issue or a professional area of interest and develop a plan for his or her personal involvement in addressing the issue or learning about the area, etc.