Florida Senate - 2014 CS for CS for SB 84 By the Committees on Education; and Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security; and Senators Latvala, Evers, Grimsley, Detert, Sachs, Bradley, and Montford 581-00800A-14 201484c2 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 or Florida College System institution to 7 waive out-of-state fees for certain veterans of the 8 Armed Forces of the United States, including the 9 National Guard and reserve components thereof; 10 providing applicability; requiring a state university 11 and Florida College System institution to report to 12 the Board of Governors and the State Board of 13 Education, respectively, the number and value of all 14 fee waivers; providing an effective date. 15 16 WHEREAS, Charles William (Bill) Young, born in 1930, was 17 raised in humble surroundings and was later elected to the 18 United States House of Representatives by the electors of the 19 Thirteenth Congressional District of Florida, and 20 WHEREAS, after Congressman Young completed his 22nd term in 21 the United States House of Representatives, he became the 22 longest serving Republican member at the time of his death on 23 October 18, 2013, and 24 WHEREAS, as a husband, father, laborer, businessman, and 25 United States Army Reservist, Congressman Young was the 26 embodiment of a distinguished gentleman and statesman who was 27 noted for his unflappable civility, and 28 WHEREAS, Congressman Young was instrumental in safeguarding 29 from decommission the MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, now 30 home to the United States Central Command and the United States 31 Special Operations Command, during the Federal Government’s 32 efforts to reduce the number of Air Force bases, and 33 WHEREAS, Congressman Young is credited with the substantial 34 growth of one of this nation’s largest veteran’s hospitals 35 located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, which now bears his name, 36 and 37 WHEREAS, Congressman Young’s most gratifying 38 accomplishment, realized in conjunction with the United States 39 Navy, was establishing a national registry for bone marrow 40 donors which is credited with saving tens of thousands of lives, 41 and 42 WHEREAS, adoption of this act, which is cited as the 43 “Congressman C. W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Act” 44 exemplifies and honors Congressman Young for his unwavering, 45 lifelong support of the Armed Forces of the United States and 46 the brave military men and women who serve this nation and stand 47 in defense of liberty, NOW, THEREFORE, 48 49 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 50 51 Section 1. This act is cited as the “Congressman C. W. Bill 52 Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Act.” 53 Section 2. Subsection (12) is added to section 1009.26, 54 Florida Statutes, to read: 55 (12) There is established the Congressman C. W. Bill Young 56 Veteran Tuition Waiver Program. A state university or Florida 57 College System institution shall waive out-of-state fees for an 58 honorably discharged veteran of the Armed Forces of the United 59 States, including the National Guard and reserve components 60 thereof, who physically resides in this state while enrolled in 61 the institution. Tuition and fees charged to a veteran who 62 qualifies for the out-of-state fee waiver under this subsection 63 may not exceed the tuition and fees charged to a resident 64 student. The waiver is applicable for 110 percent of the 65 required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for 66 which the student is enrolled. Each state university and Florida 67 College System institution shall report to the Board of 68 Governors and the State Board of Education, respectively, the 69 number and value of all fee waivers granted annually under this 70 subsection. 71 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.