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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


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April 7, 2000
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Mid-Session Legislative Update
Initiatives moving along

Below is a summary of our legislative initiatives and where they are in the legislative process. You may find out more information about any of these bills and/or track their progress in the Legislature in one of two ways:

  1. Log on to Online Sunshine at www.leg.state.fl.us and search for each bill by number, OR

  2. Call Legislative Information toll-free at 1-800-342-1827 and refer to each bill by number.
Issue  House Bill   Senate Bill  Status as of
April 6, 2000

Base Pay Raises for Correctional Officers and Correctional Probation Officers

Raises included in Governor's budget aimed at increasing recruitment and improving retention.

HB 2145

House Appropriations Committee

SB 2200

Senate Fiscal Policy Committee

Each chamber passed its budget on April 4. It is not yet clear whether each budget includes the pay raises. A conference committee will convene to negotiate on the budget. We will continue to lobby for the pay raises. The final joint bill must then pass both the House and Senate.
Special Risk Retirement for Correctional Probation Officers

Correctional Probation Officers (CPO's) are the only group of certified law enforcement officers who are not included as members of special risk. These officers supervise criminal offenders, and the risk encountered during the performance of their duties is commensurate to the risk encountered by other certified law enforcement agents. This would include correctional probation officers as a "special risk member" of the Florida Retirement System, effective July 1, 2000. Also includes Professional Health Services Unit.

HB 229
Rep. Crady
(District 12)

HB 805
Rep. Kilmer
(District 7)

SB 1054
Sen. Latvala
(District 19)

SB 2286
Sen. Mitchell
(District 4)

Sponsors have not yet agreed on language. Each bill is making its way through the committee process.

HB 229 is currently before the General Appropriations Committee.

HB 805 is currently before the House Corrections Committee.

SB 1054 is currently before the Committee on Fiscal Policy.

SB 2286 has been referred to the Committee on Fiscal Policy and the Governmental Oversight and Productivity Committee.

Battery on Correctional Officers - Throwing of Bodily Fluids

Provides penalties for the offense of battery by throwing, tossing, or expelling certain fluids or materials on an employee of a state correctional facility, local government facility, secure facility operated or maintained by the Department of Corrections or the Department of Juvenile Justice, or a private correctional facility.

HB 85
Rep. Harrington
(District 72)
SB 88
Sen. Saunders
(District 25)
HB 85 is in the final step of the committee process. It is currently before House Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee.

SB 88 was passed (31-8) out of the Senate this morning. The bill will be certified to the House where it will be placed on the calendar.

Reviser's Language

Changes the term "correctional institution" to "prison"; and "community correctional centers" to "work release centers".

House Bill Number TBA

Rep. Trovillion
(District 36)

SB 1670

Sen. Brown-Waite
(District 10)

This bill has not yet been filed in the House.

SB 1670 has finished the committee process. It has been placed on the calendar for a vote on the Senate floor.
Curfews for Sex Offenders

Current statute mandates that the courts or the Florida Parole Commission order certain conditions of supervision on persons whom are convicted or specified sexual offenses and placed on probation or conditional release. The change would provide the courts and the Parole Commission the appropriate level of discretion in the imposition of a curfew on specified sexual offenders on probation or conditional release. This additional discretion could provide for increased public safety in many instances.

PCB 9
(Proposed Committee Bill)

House Corrections Committee

SB 2212
Senate Criminal Justice
Committee
PCB 9 has not yet been filed.

SB 2212 has passed through the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and the Governmental Oversight and Productivity Committee. It is now before the Committee on Fiscal Policy.

Sexual Offenders/ Electronic Monitoring

Current statute mandates that the courts or the Florida Parole Commission order certain conditions of supervision on persons whom are convicted of specified sexual offenses and placed on probation or conditional release. One of these conditions involves the use of electronic monitoring when deemed necessary by the probation officer and at the recommendation of the department. The statute mandate of the department's recommendation in order to allow the imposition of a condition of electronic monitoring limits judicial discretion. At the time such monitoring is ordered, the department is most often as yet uninvolved in the case. Therefore, it is recommended that courts or the commission be permitted to order electronic monitoring absent the department's recommendation. The effect is the broadening of judicial discretion in the ordering of electronic monitoring in specified cases.

PCB 9
(Proposed Committee Bill)

House Corrections Committee
SB 2212
Senate Criminal Justice
Committee
PCB 9 has not yet been filed.

SB 2212 has passed through the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and the Governmental Oversight and Productivity Committee. It is now before the Committee on Fiscal Policy.