HCS HB 1110/SB 768 – Veterans courts. Allows a circuit court to establish a veterans treatment court to dispose of criminal cases which stem from substance abuse or mental illness of military veterans or current military personnel. Support concept of drug court. Support special docket for veterans.
HB 1296 – Custody and visitation for deploying military parents. Establishes the custody and visitation rights of a deploying military parent. Among other provisions, prohibits a court from entering a final order modifying the terms of an existing custody or visitation order until 90 days after the military parent’s deployment ends; specifies that deployment or potential deployment must not be the sole factor supporting a change in circumstances or grounds sufficient to support a permanent modification of the terms of an existing order; allows an existing order to be temporarily modified to make reasonable accommodation for the parties due to a deployment;permits a deploying parent to delegate his or her visitation rights to a family member with a close and substantial relationship to the child for the duration of the deployment; prohibits a court from counting any time periods during which the deploying parent did not exercise visitation due to military duties when determining whether a parent failed to exercise visitation rights. Support judicial discretion in determining custody and visitation rights.
HB 1297 – Licensure and certification requirements for current and former military personnel. Changes the laws regarding the professional licensure and certification requirements of current and former military personnel. Specifically, requires the Department of Higher Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to adopt a policy requiring every school in this state to award credits to a veteran student for courses which are part of military training or service and meet certain standards; specifies that the Department of Health and Senior Services must require every health-related licensing board to establish a procedure to ensure that any active-duty member of the military who was a member in good standing with a licensing body and was licensed or certified in the profession be kept in good standing, and requires such license or certificate to be continued while the person is on active duty and for at least six months after discharge; requires every examination and professional board to accept education, training or service completed by a member of the military toward the qualifications to receive the license or certification.
SB 731 – Custody and visitation for military personnel. Establishes procedures to follow in child custody and visitation cases for military personnel.