Sen. Eleanor Sobel
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.
Foreign laws would be prohibited in Florida courts, under a bill the Senate sent to the House on Monday.
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.
There is one simple way for a Florida medical clinic to avoid being licensed and undergoing an annual inspection: Don’t accept insurance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.