Child Welfare: Current Legislation

HB 0019 Relating to Grandparent Visitation Rights Rouson
Grandparent Visitation Rights: Authorizes grandparent of minor child to petition court for visitation; requires preliminary hearing; provides for payment of attorney fees & costs by petitioner who fails to make prima facie showing of harm; provides for application of Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act; provides conditions under which court may terminate grandparent visitation order upon adoption of minor child by stepparent or close relative; provides for great-grandparent’s right to notice of adoption. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
3/18/2013 HOUSE Favorable with CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee; 12 Yeas, 0 Nays
3/20/2013 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
3/21/2013 HOUSE Now in Healthy Families Subcommittee
SB 0024 Relating to Relief of L.T., a Minor, by the Department of Children and Families Ring
Relief of L.T., a Minor, by the Department of Children and Families; Providing for the relief of L.T., a minor; providing an appropriation to compensate L.T., a minor, by and through Vicki McSwain, the Permanent Custodian for L.T., for injuries and damages sustained as a result of the negligence of employees of the Department of Children and Families, formerly known as the Department of Children and Family Services; providing a limitation of the payment of fees and costs, etc. CLAIM WITH APPROPRIATION: $1,000,000 Effective Date: upon becoming a law
8/1/2012 SENATE Filed
12/5/2012 SENATE Referred to Judiciary; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations; Rules
SB 0164 Relating to Children in Foster Care Detert
Children in Foster Care; Creating the “Quality-Parenting for Children in Foster Care Act”; establishing and providing for the application of a “reasonable and prudent parent” standard; providing for the application of the reasonable and prudent parent standard to independent living transition services; specifying that Department of Children and Families rules must reflect the considerations of the reasonable and prudent parent standard, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
3/14/2013 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar, 03/19/13
3/19/2013 SENATE Read Second Time
3/27/2013 SENATE Read Third Time; Substituted for HB 0215
SB 0190 Relief of Angela Sozzani by the Department of Children and Families Hukill
Relief of Angela Sozzani by the Department of Children and Families; Providing for the relief of Angela Sozzani; requiring that the Department of Children and Family Services request up to a certain amount in its annual legislative budget request each fiscal year to compensate Angela Sozzani for injuries and damages she sustained as a result of the negligence of employees of the department; authorizing the department to request additional funds under extraordinary circumstances; providing for the reversion of funds; providing that Angela Sozzani’s attorneys have represented her pro bono and that fees and costs have not been awarded, etc. CLAIM WITH APPROPRIATION: Indeterminate Effective Date: Upon becoming a law.
1/7/2013 SENATE Filed
1/11/2013 SENATE Referred to Judiciary; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Appropriations; Rules
HB 0215 Relating to Dependent Children Albritton
Dependent Children: Provides legislative findings & intent; provides for participation in age-appropriate extracurricular, enrichment, & social activities by children in out-of-home care; provides for use of reasonable & prudent parent standard for decisionmaking about such activities; clarifies standard for reunification & for changing custody; provides for use of reasonable & prudent parent standard in certain decisionmaking; requires submission of plan for judicial review; provides definition for reasonable & prudent parent standard; provides rulemaking authority. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/4/2013 HOUSE Enrolled Text (ER) Filed
4/5/2013 Signed by Officers and presented to Governor (Governor must act on this bill by 04/12/13)
4/11/2013 Approved by Governor; Chapter No. 2013-0021
SB 0384 Relating to Grandparent Visitation Rights Abruzzo
Grandparent Visitation Rights; Authorizing the grandparent of a minor child to petition a court for visitation under certain circumstances; authorizing grandparent visitation if the court makes specified findings; providing conditions under which a court may terminate a grandparent visitation order upon adoption of a minor child by a stepparent or close relative; providing for visitation rights of great-grandparents, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/1/2013 SENATE Favorable with CS by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; 7 Yeas, 2 Nays
4/3/2013 SENATE Committee Substitute Text (C1) Filed
4/4/2013 SENATE Now in Judiciary
HB 0411 Relating to Children’s Initiatives Fullwood
Children’s Initiatives: Establishes New Town Success Zone in Duval County & Parramore Kidz Zone in Orange County; provides for projects to be managed by corporations not for profit that are not subject to control, supervision, or direction by any department of state; requires corporations to be subject to state public records & meeting requirements & procurement of commodities & contractual services requirements; requires designated children’s initiatives to assist in creation of community-based service networks & programming that provides certain services for children & families residing in disadvantaged areas of state; provides for evaluation, fiscal management, & oversight of projects. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/24/2013 HOUSE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 113 Yeas / 2 Nays)
4/24/2013 SENATE In Messages
4/24/2013 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Community Affairs; Appropriations
HB 0455 Relating to Grandparent Visitation Magar
Grandparent Visitation: Provides additional grounds for awarding grandparent visitation with grandchild. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
1/22/2013 HOUSE Filed
1/30/2013 HOUSE Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Healthy Families Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
1/30/2013 HOUSE Now in Civil Justice Subcommittee
HB 0477 Relating to Sexual Battery Williams
Sexual Battery: Provides that parental rights of putative father of child conceived as result of violation of specified provisions relating to sexual battery shall be terminated immediately upon putative father’s conviction of violation. Effective Date: October 1, 2013
1/22/2013 HOUSE Filed
1/30/2013 HOUSE Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
1/30/2013 HOUSE Now in Civil Justice Subcommittee
HB 0541 Relating to Relief/L.T./DCF Caldwell
Relief/L.T./DCF: Provides for relief of L.T., a minor, by DCF; provides appropriation to compensate L.T., a minor, by and through Permanent Custodian for L.T., for injuries & damages sustained as result of negligence of employees of DCF; provides limitation on payment of fees & costs. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
1/25/2013 HOUSE Filed
2/6/2013 HOUSE Referred to Select Committee on Claim Bills; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
2/6/2013 HOUSE Now in Select Committee on Claim Bills
HB 0725 Relating to Public Records and Public Meetings Exemptions Harrell
Public Records and Public Meetings Exemptions: Eliminates requirements that closed portion of meeting of State Child Abuse Death Review Committee or local committee at which specified identifying information is discussed be recorded, that no portion of such closed meeting be off record, & that recording be maintained by state committee or local committee. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/17/2013 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 88 Yeas / 26 Nays)
4/18/2013 SENATE In Messages
4/18/2013 SENATE Received; Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules
HB 0757 Relating to Mandatory Reports of Child Abuse Hood
Mandatory Reports of Child Abuse: Provides that an officer or employee of law enforcement agency is not required to provide notice to DCF of reasonable cause to suspect child abuse by an adult other than parent, legal custodian, caregiver or other person responsible for child’s welfare, when incident under investigation by law enforcement agency was reported to law enforcement by Central Abuse Hotline; provides that hotline is not required to electronically transfer calls & reports received pursuant to specified provisions to county sheriff’s office if matter was initially reported to DCF by sheriff’s office or another law enforcement agency; provides applicability. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/17/2013 HOUSE Read Second Time; Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 118 Yeas / 0 Nays)
4/18/2013 SENATE In Messages
4/18/2013 SENATE Received; Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Criminal Justice; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; Appropriations
SB 0758 Relating to Grandparent Visitation Grimsley
Grandparent Visitation; Providing additional grounds for awarding grandparent visitation with a grandchild, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
2/8/2013 SENATE Filed
2/14/2013 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary
HB 0887 Relating to Termination of Parental Rights Kerner
Termination of Parental Rights: Provides that parent’s rights may be terminated if court determines, by clear & convincing evidence, that child was conceived during unlawful sexual battery; creates presumption that termination of parental rights is in best interest of child if child was conceived as result of unlawful sexual battery; provides that petition to terminate parental rights may be filed at any time; provides for retroactive application. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/3/2013 HOUSE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
4/26/2013 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar for 04/29/13
4/29/2013 HOUSE Read Second Time; Substituted for SB 0964; Laid on Table, Refer to SB 0964
SB 0964 Relating to Termination of Parental Rights Abruzzo
Termination of Parental Rights; Providing that a parent’s rights may be terminated if the court determines, by clear and convincing evidence, that the child was conceived during an act of unlawful sexual battery; creating a presumption that termination of parental rights is in the best interest of the child if the child was conceived as a result of an unlawful sexual battery; requiring the court to accept a guilty plea or conviction as conclusive proof that the child was conceived by a violation of criminal law, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2013, and applies to all unlawful acts of sexual battery occurring before, on, or after that date.
4/26/2013 HOUSE Referred to Calendar
4/26/2013 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar for 04/29/13
4/29/2013 HOUSE Substituted for HB 0887; Read Second Time
SB 1036 Relating to Independent Living Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
Independent Living; Citing this act as the “Nancy C. Detert Common Sense and Compassion Independent Living Act”; providing that when the court obtains jurisdiction over a child who has been found to be dependent, the court retains jurisdiction until the child reaches 21 years of age; providing exceptions; directing the Department of Children and Families to work in collaboration with the Board of Governors, the Florida College System, and the Department of Education to help address the need for a comprehensive support structure in the academic arena to assist young adults who have been or remain in the foster care system, etc. Effective Date: January 1, 2014
4/25/2013 SENATE Engrossed Text (E1) Filed
4/26/2013 SENATE Read Third Time; Amendment Adopted (819356); Passed (Vote: 38 Yeas / 0 Nays)
4/26/2013 SENATE Engrossed Text (E2) Filed
HB 1037 Relating to Relief/Angela Sozzani/DCF Raschein
Relief/Angela Sozzani/DCF: Provides for relief of Angela Sozzani; requires that DCF request up to certain amount in its annual legislative budget request each fiscal year to compensate Angela Sozzani for injuries & damages she sustained as result of negligence of employees of DCF; authorizes DCF to request additional funds under extraordinary circumstances; provides for reversion of funds; provides that Angela Sozzani’s attorneys have represented her pro bono & fees & costs have not been awarded. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
2/26/2013 HOUSE Filed
3/4/2013 HOUSE Referred to Select Committee on Claim Bills; Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
3/4/2013 HOUSE Now in Select Committee on Claim Bills
SB 1162 Relating to Mandatory Reports of Child Abuse Bradley
Mandatory Reports of Child Abuse; Limiting the duty of an officer or employee of a law enforcement agency to provide notice to the Department of Children and Families of reasonable cause to suspect child abuse under certain circumstances; limiting the duty of the Central Abuse Hotline to electronically transfer certain calls and reports to the county sheriff’s office under certain circumstances, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/8/2013 SENATE On Committee agenda – Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, 04/11/13, 10:30 am, 412 K
4/11/2013 SENATE Favorable by Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; 13 Yeas, 0 Nays
4/11/2013 SENATE Now in Appropriations
HB 1315 Relating to Independent Living Perry
Independent Living: Revises provisions for jurisdiction of a child found to be dependent; provides that court retains jurisdiction until child reaches a certain age; provides for transition plan after child reaches specified age; provides requirements for extended foster care; provides duties of department, community-based care lead agency, & case manager; provides for court jurisdiction, reviews, & review hearings; provides for appointment of a guardian ad litem; requires information sharing; provides for adoption; specifies foster parent room & board rates; authorizes community-based care service providers to pay for certain services; provides for Road-to-Independence Program for young adults; & creates Independent Living Services Advisory Council. Effective Date: January 1, 2014
4/18/2013 HOUSE Committee Substitute Text (C3) Filed
4/19/2013 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar for 04/23/13
4/23/2013 HOUSE Read Second Time
SB 1322 Relating to Children’s Initiatives Gibson
Children’s Initiatives; Establishing the New Town Success Zone in Duval County and the Parramore Kidz Zone in Orange County; providing for the projects to be managed by corporations not for profit that are not subject to control, supervision, or direction by any department of the state; requiring designated children’s initiatives to assist in the creation of community-based service networks and programming that provides certain services for children and families residing in disadvantaged areas of the state, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/4/2013 SENATE On Committee agenda – Community Affairs, 04/09/13, 1:30 pm, 301 S
4/9/2013 SENATE Favorable by Community Affairs; 8 Yeas, 0 Nays
4/10/2013 SENATE Now in Appropriations
SB 1680 Relating to Public Records and Public Meetings/State Child Abuse Death Review Committee or Local Committee Altman
Public Records and Public Meetings/State Child Abuse Death Review Committee or Local Committee; Eliminating requirements that the closed portion of a meeting of the State Child Abuse Death Review Committee or a local committee at which specified identifying information is discussed be recorded, that no portion of such closed meeting be off the record, and that the recording be maintained by the state committee or a local committee, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/23/2013 SENATE Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
4/24/2013 SENATE Placed on Special Order Calendar for April 29, 2013
4/29/2013 SENATE Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading
SB 1782 Relating to Guardian ad Litem Day Hays
Guardian ad Litem Day; Recognizing April 4, 2013, as “Guardian ad Litem Day” in Florida, etc.
3/18/2013 SENATE Filed
4/4/2013 SENATE Read Second Time; Adopted
SB 1834 Relating to Crossover Youth Children, Families, and Elder Affairs
Crossover Youth; Creating a pilot project to serve youth in common to the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice; providing for selection of a county for the project; requiring the Secretary of Children and Families to seek proposals from interested providers; specifying elements to be included in the project, etc.
4/10/2013 SENATE On Committee agenda – Criminal Justice, 04/15/13, 3:30 pm, 37 Senate Office Building
4/15/2013 SENATE Favorable by Criminal Justice; 7 Yeas, 0 Nays
4/16/2013 SENATE Now in Appropriations
HB 5203 Relating to Community-based Care Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
Community-based Care: Revises allocations of recurring core services funding for community-based care lead agencies. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/9/2013 HOUSE Placed on Special Order Calendar for 04/11/13
4/11/2013 HOUSE Read Second Time; Temporarily Postponed on Second Reading
4/12/2013 HOUSE Laid on Table
HB 7103 Relating to Cross-Over Youth Healthy Families Subcommittee
Cross-Over Youth: Creates pilot project to serve youth in common to DCF & DJJ; provides for selection of county for project; requires interested providers to submit proposals; requires reports to Governor & Legislature. Effective Date: upon becoming a law
4/25/2013 HOUSE Read Third Time; Passed (Vote: 116 Yeas / 1 Nays)
4/25/2013 SENATE In Messages
4/25/2013 SENATE Referred to Criminal Justice; Appropriations
HB 7129 Relating to Residential Services for Children Healthy Families Subcommittee
Residential Services for Children: Provides accreditation requirements for boarding schools; authorizes DCF to impose administrative sanctions or civil remedies when residential group care is being provided without license; requires background screening for certain boarding school personnel; requires boarding schools to follow standard school schedules; provides for fines. Effective Date: July 1, 2013
4/24/2013 HOUSE Read Third Time; Amendment Withdrawn (358639); Amendment Failed (667893); Passed (Vote: 115 Yeas / 0 Nays)
4/24/2013 SENATE In Messages
4/24/2013 SENATE Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Appropriations
HB 9055 Relating to Guardian ad Litem Day Albritton
Guardian ad Litem Day: Designates April 4, 2013, as “Guardian ad Litem Day” in State of Florida. Effective Date: Not Specified
4/1/2013 HOUSE Filed
4/8/2013 HOUSE Adopted by Publication