Florida Senate - 2014              PROPOSED COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
       Bill No. CS for SB 274
       Proposed Committee Substitute by the Committee on Appropriations
       (Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development)
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to inmate reentry; amending s.
    3         322.051, F.S.; waiving the fee for identification
    4         cards issued to certain inmates; amending s. 382.0255,
    5         F.S.; requiring a waiver of fees for certain inmates
    6         receiving a copy of a birth certificate; amending s.
    7         944.605, F.S.; requiring the Department of Corrections
    8         to work with other agencies in acquiring necessary
    9         documents for certain inmates to acquire an
   10         identification card before release; providing
   11         exceptions; requiring the department to provide
   12         specified assistance to inmates born outside this
   13         state; requiring a report; amending s. 944.803, F.S.;
   14         authorizing the department to operate male and female
   15         faith- and character-based institutions; providing an
   16         appropriation; providing an effective date.
   19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   21         Section 1. Subsection (9) of section 322.051, Florida
   22  Statutes, is amended to read:
   23         322.051 Identification cards.—
   24  (9) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or s.
   25  322.21 to the contrary, the department shall issue or renew a
   26  card at no charge to a person who presents evidence satisfactory
   27  to the department that he or she is homeless as defined in s.
   28  414.0252(7), to an inmate receiving a card issued pursuant to s.
   29  944.605(7), or, if necessary, to an inmate receiving a
   30  replacement card if the department determines he or she has a
   31  valid driver license or state identification card.
   32         Section 2. Subsection (3) of section 382.0255, Florida
   33  Statutes, is amended to read:
   34         382.0255 Fees.—
   35         (3) Fees shall be established by rule. However, until rules
   36  are adopted, the fees assessed pursuant to this section shall be
   37  the minimum fees cited. The fees established by rule must be
   38  sufficient to meet the cost of providing the service. All fees
   39  shall be paid by the person requesting the record, are due and
   40  payable at the time services are requested, and are
   41  nonrefundable, except that, when a search is conducted and no
   42  vital record is found, any fees paid for additional certified
   43  copies shall be refunded. The department may waive all or part
   44  of the fees required under this section for any government
   45  entity. The department shall waive all fees required under this
   46  section for a certified copy of a birth certificate issued for
   47  purposes of an inmate acquiring a state identification card
   48  before release pursuant to s. 944.605(7).
   49         Section 3. Subsection (7) is added to section 944.605,
   50  Florida Statutes, to read:
   51         944.605 Inmate release; notification; identification card.—
   52         (7)(a) The department, working in conjunction with the
   53  Department of Health and the Department of Highway Safety and
   54  Motor Vehicles, shall provide every Florida-born inmate with a
   55  certified copy of their birth certificate and a state
   56  identification card before his or her release upon expiration of
   57  the inmate’s sentence.
   58         (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to inmates who:
   59         1. The department determines have a valid driver license or
   60  state identification card, except that the department shall
   61  provide these inmates with a replacement state identification
   62  card or replacement driver license if necessary.
   63         2. Have an active detainer, unless the department
   64  determines that cancellation of the detainer is likely or that
   65  the incarceration for which the detainer was issued will be less
   66  than 12 months in duration.
   67         3. Are released due to an emergency release or a
   68  conditional medical release under s. 947.149.
   69         4. Are not in the physical custody of the department at or
   70  within 180 days before release.
   71         5. Are subject to sex offender residency restrictions, and
   72  who, upon release under such restrictions, do not have a
   73  qualifying address.
   74         (c) The department shall assist each inmate in applying for
   75  and obtaining a social security card before release if the
   76  inmate needs a social security card.
   77         (d) The department, for purposes of assisting the inmate in
   78  obtaining a birth certificate, shall submit to the Department of
   79  Health on all Florida-born inmates in its custody, the
   80  department’s inmate photo or digitized photo, and as provided by
   81  the inmate his or her date of birth, full name at birth and any
   82  subsequent legal name changes, city or county of birth, mother’s
   83  full name including her maiden surname, and father’s full name.
   84         (e) For inmates born outside of this state, the department
   85  shall assist the inmate in completing the necessary forms or
   86  applications to obtain a social security card, driver license,
   87  or state identification card. The department shall also provide
   88  the inmate with the location and address of the appropriate
   89  licensing authority the inmate will need to obtain a valid
   90  identification card in proximity to the inmate’s release
   91  address.
   92         (f) The department shall, as part of its annual report,
   93  provide a report that identifies the number of inmates released
   94  with and without identification cards, identifies any
   95  impediments in the implementation of this subsection, and
   96  provides recommendations to improve obtaining release documents
   97  and identification cards for all inmates.
   98         Section 4. Subsections (2) and (6) of section 944.803,
   99  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  100         944.803 Faith- and character-based programs.—
  101         (2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the department
  102  expand the faith- and character-based initiative through the use
  103  of faith- and character-based institutions. The department is
  104  encouraged to phase out the faith-based and self improvement
  105  dormitory programs and move toward the goal of only implementing
  106  faith- and character-based institutions. The department is also
  107  encouraged to dedicate and maintain faith- and character-based
  108  institutions that serve both male and female inmates at their
  109  respective institutions.
  110         (6) Within faith- and character-based institutions of the
  111  state correctional system, peer-to-peer programming shall be
  112  offered allowed, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, literacy
  113  instruction, and other activities, when appropriate.
  114         Section 5. There is appropriated to the Department of
  115  Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for the 2014-2015 fiscal year
  116  the sums of $221,276 in recurring funds and $243,782 in
  117  nonrecurring funds from the Highway Safety Operating Trust Fund
  118  for the purpose of purchasing, equipping, and operating mobile
  119  licensing vehicles whose primary responsibility shall be to
  120  issue identification and licensing credentials to inmates before
  121  their release from the custody of the Department of Corrections.
  122         Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.