Florida Senate - 2014                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 260
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/05/2014           .                                

    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 743.067, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         743.067 Unaccompanied homeless youths.—
    8         (1) For purposes of this section, an unaccompanied
    9  homeless youth” is an individual, as defined in 42 U.S.C. s.
   10  11434a, who is also a certified homeless youth, as defined in s.
   11  382.002, and who is 16 years of age or older and is:
   12         (a) Found by a school district’s liaison for homeless
   13  children and youths to be an unaccompanied homeless youth
   14  eligible for services pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Homeless
   15  Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. ss. 11431-11435; or
   16         (b) Believed to qualify as an unaccompanied homeless youth,
   17  as that term is defined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless
   18  Assistance Act, by:
   19         1. The director of an emergency shelter program funded by
   20  the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development,
   21  or the director’s designee;
   22         2. The director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center
   23  or transitional living program funded by the United States
   24  Department of Health and Human Services, or the director’s
   25  designee;
   26         3. A clinical social worker licensed under chapter 491; or
   27         4. A court.
   28         (2) A minor who qualifies as an unaccompanied homeless
   29  youth shall be given a written certificate on agency letterhead,
   30  citing to this section, of his or her status as an unaccompanied
   31  homeless youth. A health care provider may accept the written
   32  certificate under this subsection and may keep a copy of the
   33  certificate in the medical file.
   34         (3) An unaccompanied homeless youth may:
   35         (a) Petition the circuit court to have the disabilities of
   36  nonage removed under s. 743.015. The youth shall qualify as a
   37  person not required to prepay costs and fees as provided in s.
   38  57.081. The court shall advance the cause on the calendar.
   39         (b) Consent to medical, dental, psychological, substance
   40  abuse, and surgical diagnosis and treatment, including
   41  preventative care and care by a facility licensed under chapter
   42  394, chapter 395, or chapter 397 and any forensic medical
   43  examination for the purpose of investigating any felony offense
   44  under chapter 784, chapter 787, chapter 794, chapter 800, or
   45  chapter 827, for:
   46         1. Himself or herself; or
   47         2. His or her child, if the unaccompanied homeless youth is
   48  unmarried, is the parent of the child, and has actual custody of
   49  the child.
   50         (4) This section does not affect the requirements of s.
   51  390.01114.
   52         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.
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   55  And the title is amended as follows:
   56         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   57  and insert:
   58                        A bill to be entitled                      
   59         An act relating to unaccompanied homeless youth;
   60         amending s. 743.067, F.S.; defining the term
   61         “unaccompanied homeless youth”; providing for a
   62         certification; authorizing certain unaccompanied
   63         homeless youths to consent to medical, dental,
   64         psychological, substance abuse, and surgical diagnosis
   65         and treatment, and forensic medical examinations for
   66         themselves and for their children in certain
   67         circumstances; providing that such consent does not
   68         affect the requirements of the Parental Notice of
   69         Abortion Act; providing an effective date.