TALLAHASSEE (CSB4)- In a direct response to concerns raised by the Casey Anthony trial about child protection, Senate President Mike Haridopolos announced Friday the creation of a Select Committee on Protecting Florida’s Children.

The committee will be chaired by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart. A Senate spokeswoman said the committee was being created because the president’s office heard from members of the Senate and “concerned Floridians” that the Senate should further examine whether changes in child protection laws are needed.

In addition to Negron, Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, appointed Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, vice chairwoman. The other members of the committee will be Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, and Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale.

“This select committee will be charged with examining the various policy options that are available to further advance the protection of Florida’s children,” a statement from the president’s office said.  “The Florida Senate will discuss these options as a legislative body, and then determine whether changes need to be made to current Florida law.”

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Comments (11)
  1. janelwhite says:

    Another way for the senate to waste valuable time at tax-payers expense. Maybe they can make it illegal for a child to drown in a swimming pool. -Jane

    1. alwaysamazed says:

      or maybe they’ll make it a crime to conceal the disappearance of a child, as did this child’s mom. Your response was ignorant.

      1. janelwhite says:

        No, George did that. Sorry to see you missed the actual trial, it was covered. It was on most television networks, you should have watched the trial. Casey was acquitted.

  2. bd says:

    maybe they could actually properly fund DCF with literate emloyees

    1. janelwhite says:

      Bravo, bd, you hit the nail on the head for sure. -Jane

  3. Aundre says:

    Since when does the government care about a child’s welfare after they’re born?

  4. Randy says:

    Make it where DCF can kidnap even more children.DCF idoes not care whats best for the children,last thing we need to do is give DCF any more power.

  5. janelwhite says:

    There were no real concerns raised on the prosecution of Casey Anthony, other than how much more tax-payers dollars will have to be paid to Casey for the wrongful prosecution of the case. -Jane

  6. Alycia says:

    Hey Jane- you are absolutely incorrect! At no point in the trial was the drowning proved or even attempted to be proven. At no point was George charged with anything related to the death of Casey’s child. Watch the trial over again . Listen to the 911 tape. Casey clearly admits her child has been missing for 30 days and she thought she could handle the situation herself, and she now realizes that was a mistake! Those are more or less her exact words! Also she was CONVICTED of lying to police on 4 different occasions which helped hinder the entire investigation. So Miss Casey Anthony got away with murder due to her lies!

    1. janelwhite says:

      Hey Alycia- you are absolutely incorrect! I’ll just stay with the proven facts instead of your speculative-mode. Thanks anyways. -Jane

  7. Alycia says:

    What was I incorrect about? The 911 tape?Have you ever listened to it? Also you never stated any proven facts….