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DCF Rolls Out Site Tracking Child Deaths As Sobel Calls For Investigation

As the Florida Department of Children and Families rolls out a new website to track child deaths and make them public, the sponsor of a new law aimed at reducing those deaths is calling for an independent investigation into whether the department has been open about some recent fatalities.

06/24/2014

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Senate Approves Prohibition On Foreign Law In Court

Foreign laws would be prohibited in Florida courts, under a bill the Senate sent to the House on Monday.

04/28/2014

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Fla. Senate Passes Sweeping Child Welfare Bill

The Florida Senate passed a bill Friday seeking to reform the child welfare system by adding more than $47 million for services including adding nearly 200 more investigators.

04/25/2014

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Bill Takes On Unlicensed Health Clinics

There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don’t accept insurance.

04/06/2014

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Lawmakers Grapple With Changing The Culture At DCF

Both chambers of the Legislature took up child-welfare reform Tuesday, hearing from a wide range of experts with research about staff turnover and caseloads.

02/11/2014

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Fla. Legislature Could Crack Down On Sexually Violent Predators

The Florida Legislature is poised to strengthen the Jimmy Ryce Act, named for a Miami-Dade County boy who was raped and murdered in 1995, after the high-profile killing of a Jacksonville girl this summer and a newspaper series showing the state isn’t doing enough to prevent sexually violent predators from striking again.

CBS Miami–09/24/2013

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Hearing Set In Case About Kids In Nursing Homes

A federal judge will hear arguments Sept. 13 about whether a dispute involving disabled children being placed in nursing homes should become a class-action lawsuit.

CBS Miami–09/05/2013

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Senate Hearing To Follow Lawsuit Over Kids In Nursing Homes

The chairwoman of a Senate committee says she will hold a hearing about the state’s record of placing children with disabilities in nursing homes when the Legislature resumes committee meetings in September.

CBS Miami–07/25/2013

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Committee Vote May Be Close On Domestic Partnerships

A senator who last month opposed a bill that would create domestic partnerships for unmarried couples will support a new, narrower version when it comes up Tuesday in the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee.

CBS4–03/12/2013

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FL Senate Unanimously Approves Ethics Bill

On the first say of regular session, the Florida Senate unanimously approved a sweeping series of ethics reforms for legislators and other public officials, even dumping a provision that would have delayed an anti-lobbying measure until after the 2014 elections.

CBS4–03/05/2013

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