Florida Senate - 2014 PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE Bill No. CS for CS for SB 84 Ì385956XÎ385956 576-01094-14 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. 18 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, 51 52 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 53 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.