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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 2698
       
       
       
       By Senator Wise
       
       
       
       
       5-01745-10                                            20102698__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to international development relief
    3         and outreach activities in Haiti; creating s.
    4         288.0252, F.S.; providing a definition; requiring the
    5         Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development to
    6         contract with the state’s international volunteer
    7         corps to provide certain relief activities for the
    8         people of Haiti; requiring that such activities focus
    9         on certain rural Haitian communities; requiring that
   10         such activities be conducted by volunteers with
   11         certain qualifications; directing the international
   12         volunteer corps to raise public and private funding to
   13         support the relief activities; authorizing the
   14         international volunteer corps to establish certain
   15         partnerships and build long-term relationships;
   16         providing for the award of grants to certain
   17         grassroots organizations; providing that professionals
   18         licensed by the Department of Business and
   19         Professional Regulation shall receive continuing
   20         education credit for certain volunteer services
   21         provided in Haiti; providing for future repeal;
   22         providing appropriations; providing an effective date.
   23  
   24  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   25  
   26         Section 1. Section 288.0252, Florida Statutes, is created
   27  to read:
   28         288.0252 International development relief and outreach
   29  activities in Haiti.—
   30         (1) As used in this section, the term “international
   31  volunteer corps” means the Florida Association for Volunteer
   32  Action in the Caribbean and the Americas, Inc.
   33         (2) The Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development
   34  shall contract with the state’s international volunteer corps to
   35  provide the following rescue, recovery, rebuilding, and
   36  sustainable humanitarian outreach activities for the people of
   37  the Republic of Haiti:
   38         (a) Emergency disaster response and recovery, including
   39  food and relief supply distribution, coordination with existing
   40  relief efforts, and the support of firefighters, emergency
   41  medical technicians, paramedics, and urban search and rescue
   42  professionals.
   43         (b) Health care, including emergency rescue, emergency
   44  medical services, and post-traumatic stress counseling.
   45         (c) Domestic security, including the improvement of local
   46  food security.
   47         (d) Rebuilding, including alternative energy placement and
   48  structural engineering to assess damage to buildings,
   49  infrastructure, and other construction essential to the recovery
   50  and rebuilding of the country.
   51         (e) Sustainable economic development, including job
   52  creation, enterprise development, and the recovery of
   53  agriculture.
   54         (3) Such activities shall focus on rural communities
   55  receiving Haitian refugees and other residents from disaster
   56  stricken or otherwise impoverished areas of the country.
   57         (4) The international volunteer corps must require that
   58  such activities be conducted by qualified volunteers who are
   59  citizens of the state and who each have at least 5 years of
   60  experience in coordinating international volunteer programs in
   61  Haiti.
   62         (5) The international volunteer corps shall, to the maximum
   63  extent practicable, leverage the state funding provided to
   64  implement this section by raising funds from public and private
   65  sources, including, but not limited to, the Federal Government
   66  and charitable foundations, to support the activities described
   67  in subsection (2).
   68         (6) To support the activities described in subsection (2),
   69  the international volunteer corps may:
   70         (a) Establish partnerships with organizations and
   71  individuals.
   72         (b) Build long-term social and economic relationships with
   73  businesses and organizations based in this state.
   74         (c)	Award grants of at least $1,000 but not more than
   75  $5,000 to grassroots organizations in this state that have
   76  previously completed successful international volunteer corps
   77  assignments in Haiti.
   78         (7) Notwithstanding any provision of law, a professional
   79  licensed by the Department of Business and Professional
   80  Regulation shall receive one continuing education credit or
   81  unit, regardless of required categories, for each hour of
   82  volunteer service provided in Haiti in coordination with the
   83  state’s international volunteer corps, not to exceed 100 percent
   84  of his or her annual professional requirement for continuing
   85  education.
   86         (8) This section is repealed July 1, 2020, unless reviewed
   87  and reenacted by the Legislature before that date.
   88         Section 2. The recurring sum of $2 million is appropriated
   89  annually from the General Revenue Fund to the Office of Tourism,
   90  Trade, and Economic Development for the 2010-2011, 2011-2012,
   91  2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017
   92  2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 fiscal years for the purpose of
   93  implementing s. 288.0252, Florida Statutes.
   94         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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