John Cooper

Blind trusts were upheld in court this week, but challengers intend to appeal.
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If no one knows about a politician’s investments is it the same as everyone knowing?  That’s the question Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled on this week.

Cooper says blind trusts meet Florida’s disclosure requirements because they put politicians on equal footing with the public.  But critics argue the ruling leaves the blind leading the blind. 

Jim Apthorp, the plaintiff challenging Florida’s blind trust statute says there’s a difference between disclosing information and having none at all.

Florida Channel

As Florida lawmakers get closer to overhauling the state’s child welfare agency in an effort to avoid more child deaths, some worry proposed changes could harm the Florida Department of Children and Families. Whether new child protective investigators should be required to have a social work degree became a matter of contention during a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Hollywood Democratic Senator Eleanor Sobel says she believes the proposal her committee will soon put forth will be what she calls “landmark legislation” that will protect the state’s most vulnerable youth: