Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 60
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  01/23/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Bean)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 36 - 88
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 409.1454, Florida Statutes, is amended,
    6  to read:
    9         (1) The Legislature finds that the costs of driver
   10  education, licensure and costs incidental to licensure, and
   11  motor vehicle insurance for a child in licensed out-of-home care
   12  after such child obtains a driver license create creates an
   13  additional barrier to engaging in normal age-appropriate
   14  activities and gaining independence and may limit opportunities
   15  for obtaining employment and completing educational goals. The
   16  Legislature also finds that the completion of an approved driver
   17  education course is necessary to develop safe driving skills.
   18         (2) To the extent that funding is available, the department
   19  shall establish a 3-year pilot program to pay the cost of driver
   20  education, licensure and other costs incidental to licensure,
   21  and motor vehicle insurance for children in licensed out-of-home
   22  care who have successfully completed a driver education program.
   23         (3) If a caregiver, or an individual or not-for-profit
   24  entity approved by the caregiver, adds a child to his or her
   25  existing insurance policy, the amount paid to the caregiver or
   26  approved purchaser may not exceed the increase in cost
   27  attributable to the addition of the child to the policy.
   28         (4) Payment shall be made to eligible recipients in the
   29  order of eligibility until available funds are exhausted. If a
   30  child determined to be eligible reaches permanency status or
   31  turns 18 years of age, the program may pay for that child to
   32  complete a driver education program and obtain a driver license
   33  for up to 6 months after the date the child reaches permanency
   34  status or 6 months after the date the child turns 18 years of
   35  age. A child continuing in care under s. 39.6251 may be eligible
   36  to have the costs of licensure and costs incidental to licensure
   37  paid if the child demonstrates that such costs are creating
   38  barriers for obtaining employment or completing educational
   39  goals.
   40         (5) The department shall contract with a not-for-profit
   41  entity whose mission is to support youth aging out of foster
   42  care to develop procedures for operating and administering the
   43  pilot program, including, but not limited to:
   44         (a) Determining eligibility, including responsibilities for
   45  the child and caregivers.
   46         (b) Developing application and payment forms.
   47         (c) Notifying eligible children, caregivers, group homes,
   48  and residential programs of the pilot program.
   49         (d) Providing technical assistance to lead agencies,
   50  providers, group homes, and residential programs to support
   51  removing obstacles that prevent children in foster care from
   52  driving.
   53         (e) Publicizing the program, engaging in outreach, and
   55  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   56  And the title is amended as follows:
   57         Delete lines 3 - 8
   58  and insert:
   59         amending s. 409.1454, F.S.; revising legislative
   60         findings; revising a pilot program to make it
   61         permanent; revising the applicability of the program
   62         to include children in out-of-home care; authorizing
   63         the