A clash over the state’s oversight of children’s after-school programs is headed back to the Legislature, as lawmakers and agency heads plan hearings for the 2016 session about licensure and background checks.
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.
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.
A divided Senate committee Tuesday approved a controversial bill that would require women to wait 24 hours before they could receive abortions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Democratic lawmakers have filed measures to create a month-long sales tax holiday for purchases of energy-efficient appliances.