Florida League of Cities

Bereavement Benefits for Law Enforcement Officers (Monitor) – Passed

CS/CS/HB 535 (Botana) authorizes the head of a law enforcement agency to grant up to eight hours of administrative leave to a law enforcement officer in order for the officer to attend a funeral service in Florida of another officer who was killed in the line of duty. Leave may be denied, if necessary, to maintain minimum or adequate staffing requirements. In addition, the head of a law enforcement agency may authorize travel expenses for a law enforcement officer to attend such funeral service. 

Effective date: October 1, 2023. (Taggart)