Sen. Eleanor Sobel

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The newest chairman of the committee that looks at children and elder affair issues is outlining some of his top priorities for the 2017 legislative session.

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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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The Florida Legislature has passed a number of claims bill, sending them onto the Governor. But, some lawmakers are upset one claims bill to compensate a surviving child of abuse did not survive the legislative process.

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There are five Holocaust memorials and museums across the state. The Florida Legislature just sent a bill to the Governor for approval to add another memorial in the Capitol city.

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A Florida lawmaker is hoping to bring back a discussion about the best way to prevent skin cancer in younger people. Her measure bans minors from using tanning beds.

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Florida lawmakers want to reform the way the state deals with substance abuse and mental health issues. One legislator hopes her recent appointment to an advisory council will help with that effort.

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Among the more than 40 bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law Thursday is a measure building on past child welfare reforms.

Shands Jacksonville says losing LIP funds could shut it down.
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Governor Rick Scott’s newly-formed hospital workgroup is quickly becoming a hot ticket. Several lawmakers are volunteering to serve on the panel that will examine hospital funding.

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A bill that builds on past reforms to revamp Florida’s troubled child welfare agency is now headed to the Governor.

Florida Channel

A couple of measures aimed at helping Florida’s most vulnerable are now heading to the Senate floor, after passing their last committee Monday.

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A controversial abortion bill passed its first Senate committee Tuesday, despite much opposition.

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Florida is one of seven states with greyhound racing. Many tracks are struggling to meet costs, but continue because a law requires them to hold races in order to keep their card races. But, a group of lawmakers is pushing for “decoupling” the tracks and the cardrooms, some are not too happy about the idea.

“Florida is the leading state for Greyhound racing. We have more tracks, more races than any other state remaining in the country,” said Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Coral Springs).

Florida Channel

The two high profile death incidents that occurred in recent months has already spurred a number of changes to Florida’s child welfare agency. That was part of an update two panels in the House and Senate received Thursday as part of a presentation looking at a new law overhauling the agency.

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Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner expects a bill tracking racing greyhound injuries to be one of the first bills passed this year. The measure got an initial approval from a panel of senators Wednesday.

The bill would require the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to keep records of injured racing greyhounds. The bill’s sponsor Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) says the move creates transparency in what she calls a lose-lose industry.

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The lawyer for the Florida Senate has recommended placing an indefinite hold on millions of dollars worth in settlement payments for a child who was abused under the state’s child welfare agency’s supervision. But, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say that’s not right.

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Every time Terry Russell sees a headline about abuse or neglect in a Florida assisted living facility, he cringes:

“I know I put forth the effort to take care of my residents as well as I can and try to make their lives as productive as they can be," Russell says, "So when I see articles about other facilities or folks having problems, it tarnishes the reputation of all of us.” 

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The Affordable Care Act in Florida hasn’t had an easy time. State lawmakers rejected an expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income people that could have covered another three million Floridians. The state also refused to set up its own online insurance exchange for people to shop and compare plans.

Now the state is denying access to navigators: people who are supposed to go out into communities and help the uninsured sign up for insurance on federal exchanges.