Florida Senate - 2013                              CS for SB 250
       By the Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability;
       and Senator Ring
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    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 appropriate public area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol
   28  Building for the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame
   29  and shall consult with the Department of Law Enforcement
   30  regarding the design and theme of the area.
   31         (c) The Department of Law Enforcement shall affix the name
   32  of each person inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement
   33  Officers’ Hall of Fame on a plaque displayed in the designated
   34  area of the Capitol Building.
   35         (3)(a) The Department of Law Enforcement shall annually
   36  accept recommendations of persons to be considered as nominees
   37  for induction into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of
   38  Fame. The department shall accept recommendations of potential
   39  nominees from law enforcement organizations that the department
   40  deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, the Police
   41  Benevolent Association. The department shall choose nominees
   42  from among the recommendations submitted and transmit the names
   43  of those law enforcement officers to the Governor and Cabinet
   44  who will select the nominees to be inducted.
   45         (b) In making its recommendations to the Governor and
   46  Cabinet, the Department of Law Enforcement shall give preference
   47  to law enforcement officers who were born in Florida or adopted
   48  Florida as their home state.
   49         (4) The Department of Law Enforcement may establish
   50  criteria and set specific time periods for the acceptance of
   51  recommendations for nomination and for the process of selecting
   52  nominees to forward to the Governor and Cabinet. The department
   53  may establish, organize, and conduct a formal induction
   54  ceremony.
   55         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.