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Following last week’s mass school shooting, about 100 Parkland students are expected to come to Tallahassee this week to speak to Florida lawmakers about gun control. It comes just as an NRA-backed bill was withdrawn from consideration. But, some may see the student’s gun control views as a bit “naive.”

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A bill that would allow sex-trafficking survivors to sue hotels that turn a blind eye to their abuse is moving in the Florida Senate. Some lawmakers worry that Senate Bill 1044 would create a new area of the law – or grounds for fraud.  Monday the testimony of four survivors moved the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs to a unanimous vote in favor of the measure.

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Will a descendant of a Confederate soldier be willing to agenda a controversial bill that’s next heading to his Florida Senate committee? The measure would get rid of certain holidays on the Florida books, which includes Confederate Memorial Day.

Senate Bill Sheds Some Light On Maternal Mental Health

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For many parents, no stone is left unturned when preparing to have a child. There are books, classes, and blogs to prepare both mother and father for almost anything.  But, there is an often overlooked condition mothers may have once their child is born, and a bill in the Florida Senate looks to shed some light on this.

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A revived bill that wades into the abortion debate has passed its first Florida Senate Committee, but not without opposition.

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A bill giving a tax exemption on diapers and feminine hygiene products has cleared its first Florida Senate committee.

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This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and at the Florida Capitol, a large display with more than a thousand shoes worn by sex abuse survivors can be seen through the rest of this week. And, a group of survivors as well as advocates also trekked to Tallahassee to share their stories.

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Bills to help some of the state’s most vulnerable Floridians as well as youthful offenders have passed their first Senate committee.

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Florida parents could see cheaper diapers through legislation being considered by lawmakers. The measure by Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, exempts diapers and incontinence products from sales tax.

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A new measure by a Florida senator could make it easier for pregnant and nursing mothers to shop.

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Sexual abuse survivor and advocate Lauren Book is not only a newly elected Senator, she’s also taking on a new leadership role.

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Some female politicians from Florida are hailing Hillary Clinton, the first woman to be a presidential nominee for a major party. Their remarks came at Thursday’s Florida delegation breakfast in Philadelphia, before Clinton took center stage at the Democratic National Convention.

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The sexual abuse survivor and advocate running for a state Senate seat just put out her first campaign ad.

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There will soon be a new tool available to parents and caregivers of sexually abused kids.

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A new survey commissioned by a sexual abuse survivor says child abuse occurs more frequently than people think, and reporting the suspected abuse does not happen as much as it should.

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A sexual abuse survivor and advocate says Governor Rick Scott took a strong step Friday in signing a measure that would allow young victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court. It comes on the heels of a man acquitted of raping his stepdaughter, who inspired the bill.

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A bill allowing young victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court is now headed to the Governor, after passing the House Friday.

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Bills aimed at helping Florida’s youth have passed the state Senate Wednesday.

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A measure allowing certain abuse victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court is now heading to the Senate floor.

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A bill allowing young sexual abuse victims to secretly record their attackers to use as evidence in court cleared its first Senate hearing Monday.

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A measure allowing sexual abuse victims to use secret recordings of their attackers as evidence in court is moving forward in the Florida House. The proposed committee bill gained initial approval in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee Tuesday.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi says she’s on board with a bill making it easier for sexual abuse victims under the age of 17 to privately record their attacker so it can hold up in a Florida court.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get that through because that’s very, very important. But, just know, that it’s a very narrow, narrow field, and only has to do with children and rape victims—not just at the hands of their parents, but any pedophile,” said Bondi, during a recent Associated Press gathering in Tallahassee.

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At least one lawmaker has followed through on an abuse survivor’s vow to make sure legislation was filed to allow young victims to use private recordings in sex abuse cases. It follows a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling that will now allow a man convicted of abusing his stepdaughter to get a new trial, after she taped an incriminating conversation without his consent.

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Following a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling, sex abuse survivor and victims advocate Lauren Book is looking to pursue legislation to allow young victims to use secret recordings as evidence in court. 

The ruling centers around a teenager who privately recorded a conversation between her and her stepfather, Richard McDade, who she said was abusing her for six years until she was 16-years-old.

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Florida lawmakers advanced several bills Tuesday aimed at cracking down on the state’s sexual offenders. They’re part of a bipartisan package of legislation looking to address weaknesses in the Sexually Violent Predator Program.

Sexually violent predators are normally supposed to undergo an evaluation and could be recommended for what’s called civil commitment, where the offender is detained for treatment. But some were avoiding that process and committing new crimes, as in the murder of eight-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, who was killed by a repeat offender.

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