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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


For Immediate Release
April 4, 2002
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Legislative Update

Below is a summary of legislation recently passed during the regular session of the 2002 Florida Legislature. The following bills have not been signed by the Governor and are subject to the veto process. Legislators will be returning for a special session at the call of the Governor to finish the budget for FY 2002-03. To obtain more information about the following bills, please visit the Florida Legislature's website at www.leg.state.fl.us.

Senate Bill 408 - Inspector General's Office

  • Authorizes the Secretary to designate inspectors within the Inspector General's Office who have law enforcement certification as sworn law enforcement officers.
  • Gives designated inspectors arrest powers with respect to matters occurring on property owned or leased by the department or over which the department has jurisdiction.
  • Reduces reliance on outside law enforcement.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, this bill takes affect upon becoming law.

Senate Bill 560 - Inmate Welfare Trust Fund

  • Authorizes purchase, rental, maintenance and repair of wellness equipment, excluding weightlifting equipment.
  • Authorizes purchase, rental, maintenance and repair of electronic or audiovisual equipment not used primarily for recreation purposes.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is July 1, 2002.

House Bill 1289 - HIV Testing of Inmates

  • Requires the department to test inmates for HIV infection not less than 60 days prior to release.
  • Requires the department to provide those inmates testing positive with transitional assistance.
  • Provides that informed consent of inmates to be tested under this legislation is not required.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is July 1, 2002.

Senate Bill 90 - Career Offenders

  • Requires that certain offenders released on or after January 1, 2003 register with FDLE as career offenders.
  • Registration system and process will be similar to that used to register sexual predators and sexual offenders.
  • Provides for community and public notification of the presence of a career offender.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is July 1, 2002.

House Bill 841 - Sexual Predators and Offenders

  • Changes sexual predator and sexual offender registration laws to maintain compliance with federal standards in the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, as amended by the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act.
  • Compliance with these standards ensures that the state will not be subjected to a reduction in federal Byrne Formula Grant funding.
  • Specifies the duty of the court to uphold laws governing sexual predators and sexual offenders.
  • Increases the time period from 60 days to 1 year in which an agency may move to modify or set aside a court order that affects the agency's performance of duties imposed under the laws governing sexual predators or sexual offenders.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is July 1, 2002.

House Bill 1447 - Arrest Without Warrant

  • Requires law enforcement officers to arrest an offender whom the officer has probable cause to believe has committed a felony offense in violation of the offenders terms of conditional release, control release, conditional medical release or addiction-recovery supervision.
  • Requires law enforcement officers to take a parolee into custody if the officer has probable cause to believe that the parolee has violated the terms or conditions of parole.
  • If a warrantless arrest is made in accordance with either of these sections, the Parole Commission is not required to issue a warrant for revocation of parole or release.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is October 1, 2002.

Senate Bill 108 - Worker's Compensation

  • Revises death and disability benefits for correctional officers and correctional probation officers.
  • Provides that any condition or impairment of health caused by tuberculosis, heart disease, or hypertension that results in total or partial disability or death is presumed to have been accidental and to have been suffered in the line of duty unless the contrary is shown by competent evidence.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is July 1, 2002.

House Bill 1357 - Benefits

  • Increases the benefit paid to survivors of correctional officers or correctional probation officers accidentally killed in the line of duty from $25,000 to $50,000.
  • Increases the benefit from $75,000 to $150,000 if the officer is unlawfully and intentionally killed in the line of duty.
  • Provides that the death benefit will be annually adjusted based on the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index.
  • Expands educational benefits by allowing the surviving spouse to apply for a waiver of education fees to obtain an undergraduate degree.
  • Provides that the surviving spouse and children may use the waiver to obtain a postgraduate degree.
  • Subject to the Governor's veto powers, the effective date of this bill is July 1, 2002.