Veterans’ Preference Law for Florida
The Florida state legislature has recently enacted a state-wide veterans’ preference law applying to all cities within the state having civil service programs. The law provides that five points shall be added to the final examination grades of honorably discharged veterans, provided that they first achieve a passing grade in the examination, and that ten points shall be added to the grades of disabled veterans, wives of disabled veterans, and widows of deceased veterans. It further provides that, in the case of disabled veterans whose disability is rated by the Veterans’ Administration as 30 per cent or more, such veterans are to be placed at the head of the eligible list, except for positions in professional and scientific services for which the entrance salary is over $3,000 a year. The law also provides that veterans shall be given preference in reinstatement, reemployment, and in retention in the event of reduction in force.