Florida Senate - 2021                                     SB 608
       By Senator Bean
       4-00967-21                                             2021608__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to fees; amending s. 741.327, F.S., as
    3         revived, reenacted, and amended by SB ___; requiring
    4         the Department of Children and Families to assess and
    5         collect an annual certification fee from batterers’
    6         intervention programs and certain persons attending
    7         certified batterers’ intervention programs; requiring
    8         certification and user fees to be deposited in the
    9         Domestic Violence Trust Fund for a specified purpose;
   10         providing a contingent effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Section 741.327, Florida Statutes, as revived,
   15  reenacted, and amended by SB ___, is amended, to read:
   16         741.327 Certification and monitoring of batterers’
   17  intervention programs; rules; fees.—
   18         (1) Pursuant to s. 741.32, the Department of Children and
   19  Families shall certify and monitor batterers’ intervention
   20  programs and assess and collect certification and user fees.
   21         (2) The department shall adopt by rule procedures to
   22  administer this section, including, but not limited to,
   23  procedures related to all of the following:
   24         (a) The development of criteria for the approval,
   25  suspension, or rejection of certification of batterers’
   26  intervention programs.
   27         (b)The assessment and collection of annual fees for the
   28  certification and monitoring of batterers’ intervention
   29  programs.
   30         (c)The assessment and collection of fees for individuals
   31  who are ordered by the court to complete, or who voluntarily
   32  enroll in, a certified batterers’ intervention program.
   33         (3)The fees assessed and collected under this section
   34  shall be deposited in the Executive Office of the Governor’s
   35  Domestic Violence Trust Fund established in s. 741.01 and shall
   36  be directed to the Department of Children and Families to fund
   37  the cost of certifying and monitoring batterers’ intervention
   38  programs.
   39         Section 2. This act shall take effect on the same date that
   40  SB ___ or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation
   41  is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension
   42  thereof and becomes a law.