Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 230
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Appropriations (Harrell) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 337 and 338
    4  insert:
    5         Section 5. Paragraph (k) of subsection (1) of section
    6  456.072, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         456.072 Grounds for discipline; penalties; enforcement.—
    8         (1) The following acts shall constitute grounds for which
    9  the disciplinary actions specified in subsection (2) may be
   10  taken:
   11         (k) Failing to perform any statutory or legal obligation
   12  placed upon a licensee. For purposes of this section, failing to
   13  repay a student loan issued or guaranteed by the state or the
   14  Federal Government in accordance with the terms of the loan is
   15  not or failing to comply with service scholarship obligations
   16  shall be considered a failure to perform a statutory or legal
   17  obligation, and the minimum disciplinary action imposed shall be
   18  a suspension of the license until new payment terms are agreed
   19  upon or the scholarship obligation is resumed, followed by
   20  probation for the duration of the student loan or remaining
   21  scholarship obligation period, and a fine equal to 10 percent of
   22  the defaulted loan amount. Fines collected shall be deposited
   23  into the Medical Quality Assurance Trust Fund.
   24         Section 6. Section 456.0721, Florida Statutes, is repealed.
   25         Section 7. Subsection (4) of section 456.074, Florida
   26  Statutes, is amended to read:
   27         456.074 Certain health care practitioners; immediate
   28  suspension of license.—
   29         (4)Upon receipt of information that a Florida-licensed
   30  health care practitioner has defaulted on a student loan issued
   31  or guaranteed by the state or the Federal Government, the
   32  department shall notify the licensee by certified mail that he
   33  or she shall be subject to immediate suspension of license
   34  unless, within 45 days after the date of mailing, the licensee
   35  provides proof that new payment terms have been agreed upon by
   36  all parties to the loan. The department shall issue an emergency
   37  order suspending the license of any licensee who, after 45 days
   38  following the date of mailing from the department, has failed to
   39  provide such proof. Production of such proof shall not prohibit
   40  the department from proceeding with disciplinary action against
   41  the licensee pursuant to s. 456.073.
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   44  And the title is amended as follows:
   45         Delete line 28
   46  and insert:
   47         applicants which expires after 60 days; amending
   48         456.072, F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made
   49         by the act; repealing s. 456.0721, F.S., relating to
   50         health care practitioners in default on student loan
   51         or scholarship obligations; amending s. 456.074, F.S.;
   52         conforming provisions to changes made by the act;
   53         amending s.