Florida Senate - 2014                                     SB 398
       By Senator Detert
       28-00513-14                                            2014398__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame;
    3         creating s. 265.004, F.S.; providing legislative
    4         intent; establishing the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame;
    5         providing for administration by the Florida Tourism
    6         Industry Marketing Corporation; designating a location
    7         for the display of inductee plaques; providing
    8         procedures for nomination, selection, and induction of
    9         members; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Section 265.004, Florida Statutes, is created to
   14  read:
   15         265.004 Florida Tourism Hall of Fame.—
   16         (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and
   17  honor those persons, living or dead, who through their work
   18  within the tourism industry have made significant contributions
   19  to the economic climate and the well-being of the residents of
   20  this state.
   21         (2) There is established the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame.
   22         (a) The Florida Tourism Hall of Fame is administered by the
   23  Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation without
   24  appropriation of state funds.
   25         (b) The Department of Management Services shall set aside
   26  an area on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Building and shall
   27  consult with the Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation
   28  regarding the design and theme of the area.
   29         (c) Each person who is inducted into the Florida Tourism
   30  Hall of Fame shall have his or her name and image placed on a
   31  plaque displayed in the designated area of the Capitol Building,
   32  which plaque shall designate the member’s discipline or
   33  contribution and any vital information relating to the member.
   34         (3) The Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation
   35  shall establish selection criteria for induction into the
   36  Florida Tourism Hall of Fame and shall annually accept
   37  nominations.
   38         (a) In selecting its nominees for submission to the board
   39  of directors of the corporation, the corporation shall give
   40  preference to tourism industry leaders who were born in Florida
   41  or adopted Florida as their home state and who have made a
   42  significant contribution to the state’s travel and tourism
   43  industry.
   44         (b) The corporation may establish criteria and set specific
   45  timeframes for the acceptance and consideration of nominations
   46  and may establish a formal induction ceremony to coincide with
   47  the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
   48         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.