Florida Senate - 2013                                     SB 250
       By Senator Ring
       29-00552-13                                            2013250__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Law Enforcement
    3         Officers’ Hall of Fame; creating s. 265.004, F.S.;
    4         establishing the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’
    5         Hall of Fame; providing for administration by the
    6         Department of Law Enforcement; designating location;
    7         providing procedures for selection, nomination, and
    8         induction; providing an effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Section 265.004, Florida Statutes, is created to
   13  read:
   14         265.004 Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame.—
   15         (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and
   16  honor those law enforcement officers who, through their works,
   17  service, and exemplary accomplishments during or following their
   18  service as law enforcement officers, have dedicated their lives
   19  to, and sacrificed their lives for, the safety of the citizens
   20  of Florida and have made significant contributions to the state.
   21         (2) There is established the Florida Law Enforcement
   22  Officers’ Hall of Fame.
   23         (a) The Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame is
   24  administered by the Department of Law Enforcement without
   25  appropriation of state funds.
   26         (b) The Department of Management Services shall set aside
   27  an area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Building along the
   28  northeast front wall and shall consult with the Department of
   29  Law Enforcement regarding the design and theme of the area.
   30         (c) The Department of Law Enforcement shall affix the name
   31  of each person inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement
   32  Officers’ Hall of Fame on a plaque displayed in the designated
   33  area of the Capitol Building.
   34         (3)(a) The Department of Law Enforcement shall annually
   35  accept recommendations of persons to be considered as nominees
   36  for induction into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of
   37  Fame. The department shall accept recommendations of potential
   38  nominees from law enforcement organizations that the department
   39  deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, the Police
   40  Benevolent Association. The department shall choose nominees
   41  from among the recommendations submitted and transmit the names
   42  of those law enforcement officers to the Governor and Cabinet
   43  who will select the nominees to be inducted.
   44         (b) In making its recommendations to the Governor and
   45  Cabinet, the Department of Law Enforcement shall give preference
   46  to law enforcement officers who were born in Florida or adopted
   47  Florida as their home state.
   48         (4) The Department of Law Enforcement may establish
   49  criteria and set specific time periods for the acceptance of
   50  recommendations for nomination and for the process of selecting
   51  nominees to forward to the Governor and Cabinet. The department
   52  may establish, organize, and conduct a formal induction
   53  ceremony.
   54         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.