Tragedy Rattles Legislative Session

The horror at Parkland High School took place on Wednesday, February 14. Florida’s top elected officials arrived on Thursday and legislators followed on Friday. News stories began emerging about more support for mental health funding, resources for tightening school security and new school construction for Parkland which could spread design changes to other facilities. Concurrently, rallies have erupted across the state renewing the intense debate over gun laws. Revelations that the shooter was known by Florida’s social services and mental health system will also add to the wide-ranging discussions. In the coming week these issues and more are expected to...

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More Needed to Solve Hillsborough’s Foster Care Crisis

No matter the industry, it is generally a mark of leadership to take responsibility, not point fingers, when matters go south. Captains are admired for going down with their ships. It’s also why Bear Bryant, University of Alabama’s legendary football coach from 1958-1982, continues to inspire even today. When asked about his leadership style, Bear simply said, “There’s just three things I’d ever say. If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it.” To get to the bottom of Hillsborough County’s continuing foster care problems,...

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Boys and Girls Club & Girls, Inc. Fight Licensing and Safety Standards

Lobbyists and administrators affiliated with two national organizations headquartered outside of Florida bussed in employees and direct service supervisors to speak against the oversight and licensing of afterschool programs. The arguments mirrored those used and rejected in other states. SB 1520 would have extended standards, licensing and inspection to all afterschool programs serving school age children from ages 5-12. The cries against from the Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc. resulted in the bill being withdrawn. It likely would have failed on a 2-2 vote. Although it is understandable that responsible parents would believe that programs that receive millions...

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Child Marriage Bill Gets Blemished by House Amendment

SB 140, sponsored by Sen. Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers), passed unanimously in its third and final reading on the Senate floor, and is now in messages to the House. The bill had such overwhelming support that 31 Senators signed on as co-sponsors of this exemplary legislation. The House, however, was a different story. In a difficult-to-watch Judiciary committee meeting, some representatives raised concerns about the “true love” of 16-year-olds, the continued degradation of family, and questioned whether preventing pregnant teens to marry actually places them on the path to poverty as single mothers. They also questioned the accuracy of the overwhelming...

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Legislative Connection – Bill Update Edition Week of 1/22/18

Welcome to The Children’s Campaign’s Legislative Connection – Bill Update. These editions focus on the movement of legislation pertaining to children, providing up-to-date information about bills that were heard and/or scheduled. Children’s legislation separated by issue area can also be tracked in our Legislative Center, and deeper analysis of our priority legislation area is featured in our Key Issue pages. Children’s Week was celebrated with the annual “hanging of the hands” and other events hosted by a range of organizations. Congratulations to Dr. Wil Blechman, this year’s recipient of the Lawton Chiles Advocacy Award. His decades-long advocacy spans early childhood,...

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