Florida Senate - 2014              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 84
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Education)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to waivers of out-of-state fees for
    3         veterans; amending s. 1009.26, F.S.; providing a short
    4         title; establishing the Congressman C. W. Bill Young
    5         Veteran Tuition Waiver Program; requiring a state
    6         university, a Florida College System institution, a
    7         career center operated by a school district, or a
    8         charter technical career center to waive out-of-state
    9         fees for certain veterans of the Armed Forces of the
   10         United States, including the National Guard and
   11         reserve components thereof; providing applicability;
   12         requiring a state university, a Florida College System
   13         institution, a career center operated by a school
   14         district, and a charter technical career center to
   15         report to the Board of Governors and the State Board
   16         of Education, respectively, the number and value of
   17         all fee waivers; providing an effective date.
   19         WHEREAS, Charles William (Bill) Young, born in 1930, was
   20  raised in humble surroundings and was later elected to the
   21  United States House of Representatives by the electors of the
   22  Thirteenth Congressional District of Florida, and
   23         WHEREAS, after Congressman Young completed his 22nd term in
   24  the United States House of Representatives, he became the
   25  longest serving Republican member at the time of his death on
   26  October 18, 2013, and
   27         WHEREAS, as a husband, father, laborer, businessman, and
   28  United States Army Reservist, Congressman Young was the
   29  embodiment of a distinguished gentleman and statesman who was
   30  noted for his unflappable civility, and
   31         WHEREAS, Congressman Young was instrumental in safeguarding
   32  from decommission the MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, now
   33  home to the United States Central Command and the United States
   34  Special Operations Command, during the Federal Government’s
   35  efforts to reduce the number of Air Force bases, and
   36         WHEREAS, Congressman Young is credited with the substantial
   37  growth of one of this nation’s largest veteran’s hospitals
   38  located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, which now bears his name,
   39  and
   40         WHEREAS, Congressman Young’s most gratifying
   41  accomplishment, realized in conjunction with the United States
   42  Navy, was establishing a national registry for bone marrow
   43  donors which is credited with saving tens of thousands of lives,
   44  and
   45         WHEREAS, adoption of this act, which is cited as the
   46  “Congressman C. W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Act”
   47  exemplifies and honors Congressman Young for his unwavering,
   48  lifelong support of the Armed Forces of the United States and
   49  the brave military men and women who serve this nation and stand
   50  in defense of liberty, NOW, THEREFORE,
   52  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   54         Section 1. This act is cited as the “Congressman C. W. Bill
   55  Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Act.”
   56         Section 2. Subsection (12) is added to section 1009.26,
   57  Florida Statutes, to read:
   58         (12) There is established the Congressman C. W. Bill Young
   59  Veteran Tuition Waiver Program. A state university, a Florida
   60  College System institution, a career center operated by a school
   61  district under s. 1001.44, or a charter technical career center
   62  shall waive out-of-state fees for an honorably discharged
   63  veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the
   64  National Guard and reserve components thereof, who physically
   65  resides in this state while enrolled in the institution. Tuition
   66  and fees charged to a veteran who qualifies for the out-of-state
   67  fee waiver under this subsection may not exceed the tuition and
   68  fees charged to a resident student. The waiver is applicable for
   69  110 percent of the required credit hours of the degree or
   70  certificate program for which the student is enrolled. Each
   71  state university, Florida College System institution, career
   72  center operated by a school district under s. 1001.44, and
   73  charter technical career center shall report to the Board of
   74  Governors and the State Board of Education, respectively, the
   75  number and value of all fee waivers granted annually under this
   76  subsection.
   77         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.