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

Bills Call For Compensation Of Sexual Assault Victim

Senate Republicans this week filed two bills that call for spending about six million to compensate sexual-assault victims because of the negligence of state agencies.

07/30/2015

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

Lawmakers Add Cash Infusion For Children’s Program

After worries about cuts earlier in the year, legislative leaders have agreed to pour $13 million into the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays.

06/18/2015

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State Leaders Look To Pass Mental Health Reform In 2016

As they reviewed legislative issues affecting children, lawmakers and state agency heads said this week they will push again in 2016 for two key bills that died in the abrupt end to this spring’s regular session.

05/14/2015

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Facing South Florida: The 2015 Florida Special Legislative Session

Jim and his guests look ahead to the special session, set for June first, during which time legislators must approve a budget.

CBS4–05/10/2015

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State Senate Shows “Solidarity” Against Cuba Diplomacy

After sometimes-emotional discussion, the Florida Senate went on the record Tuesday opposing President Obama’s decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba.

03/24/2015

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Health Expansion, LIP Program Divide Budget Proposals

In a move that creates a $5 billion divide with the House, the Senate released a budget proposal Thursday that banks on expanding health-care coverage for low-income Floridians and extending a critical funding program for hospitals.

03/19/2015

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

Health Dept. Slashes “Early Steps” Admin Jobs

Blaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.

02/25/2015

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

Critics Warn Cuts Will Harm Services To Toddlers

Blaming a budget shortfall, the Florida Department of Health has laid off most of the administrators at the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays.

02/24/2015

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State Senate Panel Supports KidCare For Immigrant Children

After lawmakers scuttled the idea last year, a Senate committee has backed a proposal to help immigrant children get health coverage in the KidCare program.

02/17/2015

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State: Old Medicaid System For Kids ‘No Longer Exists’

Arguing that Medicaid has undergone a transformation, state officials pushed back Wednesday against a federal judge’s finding that Florida has not properly provided health care to low-income children.

01/07/2015

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