Florida Senate - 2012                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 276
                                Barcode 820376                          
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    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
    4  insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 265.003, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    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
   13  Fame.
   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.
   65         (4)(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.
   86  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   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.