Florida Senate - 2017 SB 154 By Senator Thurston 33-00320-17 2017154__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to autism awareness training for law 3 enforcement officers; creating s. 943.1727, F.S.; 4 requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to 5 establish an online continued employment training 6 component relating to autism spectrum disorder; 7 specifying instruction to be included in the training 8 component; providing that completion of the training 9 may count toward continued employment instruction 10 requirements; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 943.1727, Florida Statutes, is created 15 to read: 16 943.1727 Continued employment training relating to autism. 17 The department shall establish an online continued employment 18 training component relating to autism spectrum disorder. The 19 training component must include, but need not be limited to, 20 instruction on the recognition of the symptoms and 21 idiosyncrasies of an individual on the autism disorder spectrum 22 and appropriate responses to a person exhibiting such symptoms 23 and idiosyncrasies. Completion of the training component may 24 count toward the 40 hours of instruction for continued 25 employment or appointment as a law enforcement officer required 26 under s. 943.135. 27 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2017.