Florida Senate - 2011                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 520
                                Barcode 514410                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/17/2011           .                                

       The Committee on Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security
       (Bennett) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment 
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 265.003, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         265.003Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.—
    8         (1)It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and
    9  honor those military veterans who, through their works and lives
   10  during or after military service, have made a significant
   11  contribution to the State of Florida.
   12         (2) There is established the Florida Veterans’ Hall of
   13  Fame.
   14         (a) The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame shall be
   15  administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs without
   16  appropriation of state funds.
   17         (b) The Department of Management Services shall set aside
   18  an area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Building along the
   19  northeast front wall and shall consult with the Department of
   20  Veterans’ Affairs regarding the design and theme of the area.
   21         (c)Each person who is inducted into the Florida Veterans’
   22  Hall of Fame shall have his or her name placed on a plaque
   23  displayed in the designated area of the Capitol.
   24         (3)(a) The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall annually
   25  accept nominations of persons to be considered for induction
   26  into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame and shall transmit its
   27  recommendations to the Governor and the Cabinet who shall select
   28  the nominees to be inducted.
   29         (b)In making such recommendations, the department shall
   30  give precedence to veterans who were born in Florida or adopted
   31  this state as their home state or base of operation and who have
   32  made a significant contribution to this state in civic,
   33  business, public service, or other pursuits.
   34         (4)The Department of Veterans’ Affairs may establish
   35  criteria and set specific time periods for acceptance of
   36  nominations and for the process of selecting nominees for
   37  membership and establish a formal induction ceremony to coincide
   38  with the annual commemoration of Veterans’ Day.
   39         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.