Florida League of Cities

Law Enforcement Officer, Benefits, Recruitment and Training (Support) – PASSED 

CS/HB 3 (Leek) provides multiple new and expanded benefits and training for first responders. Of note to municipalities, the bill creates the Florida Law Enforcement Recruitment Bonus Payment Program within the Department of Economic Opportunity. The program is a one-time, up to $5,000, bonus payment to newly employed officers within the state to aid in the recruitment of officers. Bonus payments are contingent upon legislative appropriations. For the 2022-23 state fiscal year, the Legislature appropriated $20 million for this program. CS/HB 3 passed the Senate (34-0) and the House (114-3) and is awaiting action by the Governor. (Hughes)