Florida Senate - 2023 SB 168 By Senator Garcia 36-00394-23 2023168__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to motor vehicle insurance and driver 3 licenses for foster youth; amending s. 409.1454, F.S.; 4 deleting a requirement that a foster youth receiving 5 postsecondary educational services and support must 6 have also been in licensed care at the time of turning 7 18 years of age in order to be eligible to participate 8 in a specified program covering certain costs for a 9 driver license and motor vehicle insurance; providing 10 an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Subsection (4) of section 409.1454, Florida 15 Statutes, is amended to read: 16 409.1454 Motor vehicle insurance and driver licenses for 17 children in care and certified unaccompanied homeless youth.— 18 (4) Payment must be made to eligible recipients in the 19 order of eligibility until available funds are exhausted. If a 20 child determined to be eligible reaches permanency status or 21 turns 18 years of age, the program may pay for that child to 22 complete a driver education program and obtain a driver license 23 for up to 6 months after the date the child reaches permanency 24 status or 6 months after the date the child turns 18 years of 25 age. A child may be eligible to have the costs of and incidental 26 to licensure paid if he or she demonstrates that such costs are 27 creating barriers to obtaining employment or completing 28 educational goals, if the child meets any of the following 29 criteria: 30 (a) Is continuing in care under s. 39.6251; 31 (b)
Was in licensed care when the child reached 18 years of32 age andIs currently receiving postsecondary education services 33 and support under s. 409.1451(2); or 34 (c) Is an unaccompanied homeless youth certified under s. 35 743.067 who is a citizen of the United States or legal resident 36 of this state and is: 37 1. Completing secondary education; 38 2. Employed at least part time; 39 3. Attending any postsecondary education program at least 40 part time; or 41 4. Has a disability that precludes full-time work or 42 education. 43 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.