Florida Senate - 2012 SENATOR AMENDMENT
Bill No. SB 276
Senate . House
Floor: 1/AD/2R .
02/13/2012 01:37 PM .
Senator Sachs moved the following:
1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
3 Between lines 7 and 8
5 Section 1. Section 265.003, Florida Statutes, is amended to
7 265.003 Florida 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
14 (a) The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame is administered by
15 the Florida 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 Building.
24 (3)(a) The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council is
25 created within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as an
26 advisory council, as defined in s. 20.03(7), consisting of seven
27 members who are all honorably discharged veterans, at least four
28 of whom must be members of a congressionally chartered veterans
29 service organization. The Governor, the President of the Senate,
30 the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney
31 General, the Chief Financial Officer, the Commissioner of
32 Agriculture, and the executive director of the Department of
33 Veterans’ Affairs shall each appoint one member. For the
34 purposes of ensuring staggered terms, the council members
35 appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General, the Chief
36 Financial Officer, and the Commissioner of Agriculture shall be
37 appointed to 4-year terms beginning on January 1 of the year of
38 appointment, and the council members appointed by the President
39 of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and
40 the executive director of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
41 shall be appointed to 2-year terms beginning on January 1 of the
42 year of appointment. After the initial appointments, all
43 appointees shall be appointed to 4-year terms. A member whose
44 term expires shall continue to serve on the council until a
45 replacement is appointed.
46 (b) The members shall annually elect a chair from among
47 their number. The council shall meet at the call of the chair,
48 at the request of the executive director of the Department of
49 Veterans’ Affairs, or at such times as may be prescribed by the
50 council. A majority of the members of the council currently
51 appointed constitutes a quorum, and a meeting may not be held
52 unless a quorum is present. The affirmative vote of a majority
53 of the members of the council present is necessary for any
54 official action by the council.
55 (c) Members of the council may not receive compensation or
56 honorarium for their services. Members may be reimbursed for
57 travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, as
58 provided in s. 112.061, however, no state funds may be used for
59 this purpose.
60 (d) The original appointing authority may remove his or her
61 appointee from the council for misconduct or malfeasance in
62 office, neglect of duty, incompetence, or permanent inability to
63 perform official duties or if the member is adjudicated guilty
64 of a felony.
(3)(a) The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council
66 Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall annually accept
67 nominations of persons to be considered for induction into the
68 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame and shall then transmit a list of
69 up to 20 nominees its recommendations to the Department of
70 Veterans’ Affairs for submission to the Governor and the Cabinet
71 who will select the nominees to be inducted.
72 (b) In selecting its nominees for submission making its
73 recommendations to the Governor and the Cabinet, the Florida
74 Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council Department of Veterans’ Affairs
75 shall give preference to veterans who were born in Florida or
76 adopted Florida as their home state or base of operation and who
77 have made a significant contribution to the state in civic,
78 business, public service, or other pursuits.
79 (5) (4) The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council
80 Department of Veterans’ Affairs may establish criteria and set
81 specific time periods for acceptance of nominations and for the
82 process of selection of nominees for membership and establish a
83 formal induction ceremony to coincide with the annual
84 commemoration of Veterans’ Day.
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87 And the title is amended as follows:
88 Delete line 2
89 and insert:
90 An act relating to recognition of military personnel
91 and veterans; amending s. 265.003, F.S.; creating the
92 Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council within the
93 Department of Veterans’ Affairs; providing for
94 membership, terms of members, and organization of the
95 council; revising provisions relating to nomination of
96 persons to the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame;
97 providing for annual acceptance of nominations by the
98 council; authorizing the council to establish criteria
99 for such nominations; creating s.