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Good Children’s Bills Move Forward

This week marks the mid-way point of this year’s Session. Attention has shifted to appropriations with each chamber putting their spending plans on the table for all to see. Decisions and priorities are being driven by the push from the Governor’s office to achieve a billion-dollar tax cut and a redo of the revenue forecast. More coverage will be forthcoming. On the policy side, many good children’s bills continue to move forward: expunction of juvenile records, A Child’s Best Hope Act, expanding Early Steps, and KidCare for children of legally residing immigrants.   Bills that have lagged behind in getting...

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Good Children’s Bills Move Forward

This week marks the mid-way point of this year’s Session. Attention has shifted to appropriations with each chamber putting their spending plans on the table for all to see. Decisions and priorities are being driven by the push from the Governor’s office to achieve a billion-dollar tax cut and a redo of the revenue forecast. More coverage will be forthcoming. On the policy side, many good children’s bills continue to move forward: expunction of juvenile records, A Child’s Best Hope Act, expanding Early Steps, and KidCare for children of legally residing immigrants.   Bills that have lagged behind in getting out of the...

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Parents Beware: Child Safety Laws are Vulnerable

Recently it seems there has been a rash of efforts to weaken child safety laws. What’s going on? It was just two years ago that Florida passed a law requiring children be secured in crash-tested, federally approved car seats or booster seats until age 6. Although better late than never. Florida was 49th in the nation to pass such a vital law. The legislation took 13 years to pass. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many children’s serious injuries...

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Significant Advances for Children in the Capitol

The third week of regular session – Children’s Week – realized advancements in children’s policy across a range of our priority issues.  Good bills are moving swiftly through the process, bad amendments were removed, legislators have abandoned long-held positions that will improve the lives of legal immigrant children without health care, and Florida’s child care regulatory framework is aligning with federal standards in order for the state to continue to receive much-needed federal dollars. Recent Legislative Action: SB 386 – Juvenile Records Expunction – a bill first envisioned and promoted by The Children’s Campaign – would automatically remove certain juvenile...

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Key Bills Impacting Children

Welcome to The Children’s Campaign’s new streamlined Legislative Connection. Below you will find highlights of the latest actions on targeted bills and information on where these bills are headed this week, as available. Action this week: SB 386 – Expunction of Juvenile Records was read a second time and placed on the calendar for third reading. The bill will be heard on January 28th. Contact your Senator and ask them to vote in support of this bill that keeps youthful mistakes from damaging a child’s future. A bill that removes the ability to charge a child under 18 with prostitution,...

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Start of 2016 Session

Forecast for Florida’s Children in the 2016 Legislative Session The year 2016 rang in with the start of regular Session, three months earlier due to this being an election year.  Children’s issues are off to a faster start than most advocates had expected amongst concerns about a hangover of contention from the previous year. In a surprising and celebrated move, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R- Merritt Island) joined a bi-partisan effort to support removing a five-year waiting period and extending KidCare to children of legally-residing immigrants. The move comes after a five-year push from legislators, especially champion Senator Garcia (R-Hialeah)....

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Tallahassee Town Hall Draws a Crowd

On December 9, 100+ citizens and advocates crowded into St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Tallahassee to discuss children’s issues spanning the Journey to Justice and Journey to Great Beginnings platforms of The Children’s Campaign. The event was hosted by The Children’s Campaign and co-sponsored by the Washington D.C. – based Every Child Matters and the law firm of Holland & Knight. Roy Miller moderated the panel discussion which included Alan Abramowitz (Guardian ad Litem), Dewey Caruthers (dewey & associates), Cathy Craig-Myers (Florida Juvenile Justice Association), Kurt Kelly (Florida Coalition for Children), Dr. Norin Dollard (Florida Kids Count, USF Department of...

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The Children’s Campaign Begins Series of Town Hall Meetings Statewide

All indications point to 2016 being a critical year for Florida’s children. With legislative session getting an early January 12th start next month, the Florida legislature will once again face a delicate balancing act in finalizing a state budget that addresses both the “wants” and “needs” of Florida citizens. To increase public awareness of critical children’s issues and generate a public dialogue about them, The Children’s Campaign is organizing and hosting a series of Step Up for Kids Town Hall Meetings throughout Florida. First Town Hall Scheduled for Dec 9th in Tallahassee Step Up for Kids is a collaborative project...

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Why Aren’t More Abusive and Neglectful Parents Removed From the Home?

“There are times when folks co-sleep with a child and they are on substances. To me, that’s neglectful. To me, that should be a crime. That’s no different to me than driving under the influence.” The Children’s Campaign applauds this recent statement by Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll to Florida Public Radio.  Those of us old enough to remember can recall when driving under the influence was tolerated and even joked about in night clubs and comedy shows.  A movement – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) – changed the course.  Stricter laws were passed and with tougher...

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Get it Right — We’re Watching

More eyes will be on the Department of Health’s (DOH) handling and performance with Early Steps if the Florida Senate gets its way.  The Senate is responding to outcries from parents and the advocacy community – including The Children’s Campaign – who brought the crisis forward and questioned DOH’s commitment to the program over a several year period. Research shows that early intervention is crucial for children with developmental concerns. Prior to funding cuts in recent years, Florida’s Early Steps program served children at-risk of developmental delays to help provide necessary services when they would make the largest impact. Today, the...

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