Florida Senate - 2014 SB 1234 By Senator Bullard 39-01039-14 20141234__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Law Enforcement 3 Officers’ Hall of Fame; creating s. 265.005, F.S.; 4 providing legislative intent; establishing the Florida 5 Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame; providing for 6 administration of the hall of fame by the Department 7 of Law Enforcement; directing the Department of 8 Management Services to designate a location; 9 establishing procedures for selection, nomination, and 10 induction of members; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 265.005, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 265.005 Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame.— 17 (1) The Legislature intends to recognize and honor those 18 law enforcement officers who, through their works, service, and 19 exemplary accomplishments during or following their service as 20 law enforcement officers, have dedicated their lives to, and 21 sacrificed their lives for, the safety of the citizens of 22 Florida and have made significant contributions to this state. 23 (2) There is established the Florida Law Enforcement 24 Officers’ Hall of Fame. 25 (a) The Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame is 26 administered by the Department of Law Enforcement without 27 appropriation of state funds. 28 (b) The Department of Management Services shall set aside 29 an appropriate public area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol 30 Building for the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame 31 and shall consult with the Department of Law Enforcement 32 regarding the design and theme of the area. 33 (c) The Department of Law Enforcement shall affix the name 34 of each person inducted into the Florida Law Enforcement 35 Officers’ Hall of Fame on a plaque displayed in the designated 36 area of the Capitol Building. 37 (3)(a) The Department of Law Enforcement shall annually 38 accept nominations of persons to be considered for induction 39 into the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame from law 40 enforcement organizations that the department deems appropriate, 41 including, but not limited to, the Police Benevolent 42 Association. The department shall transmit a list of nominees to 43 the Governor and Cabinet who will select the nominees to be 44 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 nominations and for the selection process for nominees. The 52 department may establish, organize, and conduct a formal 53 induction ceremony. 54 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.