Governor Bob Martinez

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A new Florida law allows the state to pay for the reburial of boys’ remains found on the grounds of the now-defunct Dozier School for Boys as well as helps take care of the unclaimed remains.  Some stakeholders are now looking toward next steps associated with the new law.

Edmund D. Fountain / Tampa Bay Times

A bill to help provide closure for families impacted by the now-closed Dozier School for Boys is now headed to Governor Rick Scott. That’s the former North Florida reform school surrounded by allegations of abuse and deaths over a span of decades.

Florida Channel

Just off the heels of Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet receiving their final report on the Dozier School for Boys, another Florida Governor is throwing his weight behind reburial efforts in the form of two bills that passed Tuesday.

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Former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez talked today  in Tallahassee about the importance of civic engagement. A Smithsonian exhibit on the same topic will be in town for a couple more weeks.

Martinez addressed Florida State University applied politics master's students in the old Senate chambers at the Historic Florida Capitol. Before becoming governor, he’d led a teachers’ union and was mayor of Tampa.  

Martinez recalls, “My very first session was in this building in 1965, when they only met every other year, and it was odd-numbered years.”