Rudman Files Bills for Military Support

Posted on January 25, 2023 by Staff reports

Newly installed Florida House District 3 Representative Joel Rudman has filed three of seven bills he can sponsor during the upcoming legislative session. Two of the bills provide support the military community.

Rudman’s first sponsorship was HB 209, a recall bill, which would enable the removal of county officers and commissioners. That bill, has failed to make it out of committee in two previous attempts by Former District 3 Representative Jayer Williamson. A joint resolution for the recall bill has also been filed.

Yesterday Rudman filed HB 313, which is similar to an expired post-9/11 exemption from public records requirements for service members. That legislation had been previously sponsored by then-Florida House Representative Matt Gaetz, who is now a U.S. Congressman.

Today Rudman filed HB 517, which aims to advance nursing education for veterans. Northwest Florida State College on Thursday will host a press conference tomorrow to discuss the legislation.

HB 517 is proposed to revise a primary goal of the Florida Center for Nursing to provide that development of a statewide plan for nursing manpower must include the encouragement and coordination of the development of partnerships with hospitals which provide opportunities for nursing students to obtain clinical experience. Additionally the legislation would require that the Articulation Coordinating Committee convene a workgroup to establish a process for determining postsecondary course equivalencies and the minimum postsecondary credit or career education clock hours that must be awarded in accredited nursing education programs for military training and education required for service in specified positions; authorizing the award of additional postsecondary credit or career education clock hours.

The HB 517 event will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. at NWFSC’s campus, located at 100 College Boulevard E Building 400 (Raider Central). Rudman will be joined by NWFSC President Devin Stephenson.

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