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       Florida Senate - 2009                              CS for SB 682
       
       
       
       By the Committee on Regulated Industries; and Senator Fasano
       
       
       
       
       580-02650-09                                           2009682c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Department of Business and
    3         Professional Regulation; amending s. 20.165, F.S.;
    4         creating the Division of Service Operations of the
    5         department; amending s. 455.217, F.S.; conforming
    6         provisions and transferring to the Division of Service
    7         Operations from the Division of Technology certain
    8         responsibilities related to examinations; revising
    9         certain requirements for the department concerning the
   10         use of outside vendors for the development,
   11         preparation, and evaluation of examinations; repealing
   12         s. 509.233(1) and (7), F.S., relating to a 3-year
   13         pilot program for local governments to allow patrons’
   14         dogs within certain designated outdoor portions of
   15         public food service establishments; abrogating the
   16         repeal of the program; providing an effective date.
   17  
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
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   20         Section 1. Paragraph (k) is added to subsection (2) of
   21  section 20.165, Florida Statutes, to read:
   22         20.165 Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
   23  There is created a Department of Business and Professional
   24  Regulation.
   25         (2) The following divisions of the Department of Business
   26  and Professional Regulation are established:
   27         (k)Division of Service Operations.
   28         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
   29  455.217, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   30         455.217 Examinations.—This section shall be read in
   31  conjunction with the appropriate practice act associated with
   32  each regulated profession under this chapter.
   33         (1) The Division of Service Operations Technology of the
   34  Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall
   35  provide, contract, or approve services for the development,
   36  preparation, administration, scoring, score reporting, and
   37  evaluation of all examinations. The division shall seek the
   38  advice of the appropriate board in providing such services.
   39         (a) The department, acting in conjunction with the Division
   40  of Service Operations Technology and the Division of Real
   41  Estate, as appropriate, shall ensure that examinations
   42  adequately and reliably measure an applicant’s ability to
   43  practice the profession regulated by the department. After an
   44  examination developed or approved by the department has been
   45  administered, the board or department may reject any question
   46  which does not reliably measure the general areas of competency
   47  specified in the rules of the board or department, when there is
   48  no board. The department shall use qualified outside
   49  professional testing vendors services for the development,
   50  preparation, and evaluation of examinations, when such services
   51  are economically and viably available and approved by the
   52  department board.
   53         Section 3. Subsections (1) and (7) of section 509.233,
   54  Florida Statutes, are repealed.
   55         Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.

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