Eleanor Sobel

DCF (Source: www.myflfamilies.com/)

DCF Faulted For Oversight Of Privatized Agencies

Two reports presented to lawmakers last week criticized the Florida Department of Children and Families for poor oversight of the privatized agencies that deliver child-welfare, substance-abuse and mental-health services statewide.

04/20/2015

Mike Carroll (Source: DCF)

DCF Report Could Shed Light On Hollywood Boy’s Death

The head of the state’s Department of Children and Families appeared before a Senate panel Thursday to talk about the death of a three year old Hollywood boy last month.

04/10/2015

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

Abortion Waiting Period Gets Senate OK

A divided Senate committee Tuesday approved a controversial bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before they could receive abortions.

03/31/2015

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Senators Move To Expand Juvenile Diversion Programs

A bill that could lead to more juveniles receiving civil citations for misdemeanor crimes, rather than getting arrested, is moving ahead in the Florida Senate.

03/27/2015

(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Father’s Fight For Safer Pool Lights Heads To Tallahassee

It’s been ten months since Calder Sloan was electrocuted while swimming in his family pool. You may recall his self-portrait called mister awesome traveled the world following his death. Today state legislation was filed in Mr. Awesome’s name, legislation that may prevent further tragedies from happening.

02/17/2015

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

House, Senate Move Closer On Revamping Child Welfare

The Florida Legislature is poised to pass a landmark measure that would overhaul the state’s troubled child-welfare system, as the House and Senate versions of the proposal moved closer together Monday.

04/21/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Lawmakers Search For Compromise On Sex-Trafficking Bill

A Florida House panel spent months on a sweeping measure that would ensure services for sex-trafficking victims, but the bill is stalled in the Senate over one issue — a proposal to detain some victims for months to keep them from returning to their pimps.

03/27/2014

(Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Senate Panel Backs Hurricane-Tax Holiday

One of the sales-tax holidays backed by Gov. Rick Scott received Senate committee support Monday, but minor turbulence could be ahead as the measure travels through the Legislature.

02/03/2014

Florida Capitol

Dems Seek Energy-Efficient Sales Tax Holiday

Two Democratic lawmakers have filed measures to create a month-long sales tax holiday for purchases of energy-efficient appliances.

01/31/2014

(Source: AP)

Senate Panel: Crack Down On Unlicensed Assisted Living Facilities

A Florida Senate panel Tuesday instructed the Agency for Health Care Administration to draft legislation — fast — that would allow the state to shut down unlicensed assisted-living facilities as quickly as possible.

CBS Miami–10/09/2013

more