(1) SHORT TITLE.–This section may be cited as the “Keep Our Graduates Working Act of 2020.”
(2) PURPOSE.–The purpose of this act is to ensure that Floridians who graduate from an accredited college or university can maintain their occupational licenses, as defined in subsection (3), and remain in the workforce while they attempt to pay off their student loan debt.
(3) DEFINITIONS.–As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Default” means the failure to repay a student loan according to the terms agreed to in the promissory note.
Terms Used In Florida Statutes 120.82
- person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
(b) “Delinquency” means the failure to make a student loan payment when it is due.
(c) “License” means any professional license, certificate, registration, or permit granted by the applicable state authority.
(d) “State authority” means any department, board, or agency with the authority to grant a license to any person in this state.
(e) “Student loan” means a federal-guaranteed or state-guaranteed loan for the purposes of postsecondary education.
(4) STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT; DELINQUENCY.–A state authority may not deny a license, refuse to renew a license, or suspend or revoke a license that it has issued to a person who is in default on or delinquent in the payment of his or her student loans solely on the basis of such default or delinquency.