Legislative Connection – A Hurricane of Issues Already Brewing

Florida legislators convened for the first time before the early start of the 2018 session in January. This committee week was originally scheduled for September 12, but was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The delay resulted in an action-packed week filled with discussions about fallout from the massive storm including its impact on budget and tragic nursing home deaths, the opioid crisis, school privatization, the abuse of children in the juvenile justice system and children’s health insurance. Human Trafficking Continues to be a Topic for Policy Makers SB 96 by Senator Stuebe (R-Sarasota) unanimously passed the Children, Families & Elder...

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Florida Citizens Take Charge of Civil Citations

Rather than arresting children for common youthful misbehaviors, more law enforcement are issuing civil citations, according to Florida Department of Juvenile Justice data. Reasons for the continued uptick include numerous media headlines encouraging implementation, fairness, cost savings, and because it’s good public safety policy with its beneficial outcomes and lower recidivism.  Yet another reason is collective impact, led by concerned citizens, advocates, the communities of faith and parents worried about the long-term consequences of a blight on a child’s record. Civil citations are alternatives to arrests for youth age 8-17 and are issued at the discretion of law enforcement officers....

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Florida’s Lack of Investment in Kids is Showing

Once Again, State Ranks Low for Child Well-Being Florida’s overall child well-being ranking in the recently released 2017 KIDS COUNT report, which ranks states on 16 health, education, economic well-being and family/community indicators, is sobering. The state’s best ranking in recent history was 32nd. Since then, Florida’s child well-being ranking has dropped steadily. Currently the state has sunk to 40th place for the second year in a row. Aside from the significant improvement in the number of Florida children and families having health insurance, there are few positives in the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released by the Annie E....

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States Rush to Jump on Predictive Analytics Bandwagon

Far too many children die from abuse and neglect in the United States  ̶  around 1600 annually according to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. Many states and communities have worked diligently to reduce those numbers with varying degrees of success. Believing in the power and efficiency technology can bring to the solution, child welfare agencies across the country are quickening the pace at which they eagerly embrace “big data” to strategically help them make critical decisions and allocate resources where they are most needed. This new frontier in child welfare, like most uncharted territory, is not without...

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Legislative Connection – Bill Update Edition – April 24-28

Policy bills took a backseat last week to intensive budget negotiations, which remained in full swing through much of the weekend. Both House and Senate Budget Committees completed their work this past Saturday, with unresolved issues passed to the Appropriations Chairs. The finalized budget is scheduled to be printed Monday setting up an on-time legislative exit. A budget update edition of Legislative Connection will publish later in the week. In the meantime, here’s a summary of key bills that were heard and passed: Bill Updates HB 693 – A Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) was presented by Representative Alexander (D-Tallahassee). This...

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