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A bill to be entitled An act relating to the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; amending s. 1009.53, F.S.; providing that the program shall serve as an incentive to award recipients to remain and work in the state; requiring student reimbursement of program awards unless credit toward reimbursement is earned; specifying requirements for reimbursement and credit toward reimbursement; requiring students to submit information to the Department of Education relating to residence and employment, if applicable; requiring the department to determine a reimbursement procedure and schedule; providing for the deposit of moneys reimbursed; requiring school districts to distribute information to students specifying requirements for reimbursement and credit toward reimbursement; requiring the State Board of Education to adopt rules; providing an effective date. Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: Subsection (12) is added to section 1009.53,

Florida Statutes, to read: Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.— Beginning with students receiving an initial Florida

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requiring reimbursement of awards received unless the student receives credit toward such reimbursement. (a) A student who receives an award, but who does not graduate or complete the program for which the award was received or who no longer resides in the state after graduation or program completion, must reimburse the state for the amount of the award received or a prorated portion thereof. (b) 1. The requirements for reimbursement and credit toward Reimbursement shall be based upon the number of reimbursement include the following: semesters, or the equivalent, for which a student receives an award. To receive credit toward reimbursement for a 1-semester award, or the equivalent, a recipient must be employed in the state for 6 months. 2. The period for reimbursement begins upon graduation, completion of the program for which an award is received, or completion of the eligibility period for receipt of an award. The period for reimbursement for students serving in the United States Armed Forces or pursuing graduate studies begins upon completion of the military service or graduate studies. Active duty service in the United States Armed Forces is considered time employed in the state regardless of where the servicemember is located. 3. Each year, the recipient of an award must submit to the department, on a form developed by the department, proof of instate or out-of-state residence and employment in the state, if applicable. (c) The department shall establish a procedure and Page 2 of 3 CODING: Words stricken are deletions; words underlined are additions. hb0035-00

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schedule for reimbursement, allowing additional time for reimbursement if the department finds that circumstances beyond the control of the award recipient caused or contributed to nonreimbursement or default. The department shall also establish procedures to be followed in the event of nonreimbursement or default. (d) Funds reimbursed to the state under this subsection shall be deposited in the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund to be used only for future Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards. The department may recover from such funds its costs of administering the provisions of this subsection. (e) The department shall develop and each school district shall distribute annually to each high school student information that specifies the requirements for reimbursement and for obtaining credit toward reimbursement. (f) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to This act shall take effect July 1, 2013. implement this subsection. Section 2.

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