TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Amid probes into spending by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the House is poised Wednesday to take up a bill that would give flexibility to the Department of Children and Families to contract for services to help victims of domestic violence.
The bill (HB 1087), sponsored by Rep. Juan Alfonso Fernandez-Barquin, R-Miami, would eliminate a legal requirement that the Department of Children and Families contract with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence to manage domestic-violence programs.READ MORE: Stage Nearly Set For Miss Universe Pageant At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Hollywood
The House is scheduled to take up the bill during a floor session Wednesday afternoon.READ MORE: Price Gouging Hotline Now Open Due To Fuel Shortage Fears
A Senate version (SB 1482) also has cleared two committees. The coalition has drawn heavy scrutiny, in part because of millions of dollars in compensation paid to the agency’s longtime executive director, Tiffany Carr. Gov. Ron DeSantis last week asked his inspector general, Melinda Miguel, to investigate the agency’s “exorbitant compensation payouts” and “abuse of state dollars” to determine if any criminal wrongdoing has occurred.
The House also voted to subpoena 14 people who have worked at the agency.MORE NEWS: Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill To Combat Flooding Ahead Of Hurricane Season
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