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Child Protection 'Glitch' Bill Heads To Gov. Scott

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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.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood)  is the main sponsor of the so-called ‘Child protection glitch bill.’

“We clean up the glitches in SB 1660 that we passed last year which was landmark legislation,” said Sobel, on the floor Wednesday. “Dealing with the Critical Incidence Response Team and the Child Death Review [Committees], we expanded their authority by making them more accountable and transparent.”

She says it also allows adopted kids and those in extended foster care to have access to Medicaid. In addition, it includes a provision that all adults who work with kids pass a background check.

“Why did we deem it was important,” asked Sobel. “Why did my Boys and Girls club come to me and say they support level 2 background screenings? Because we want to protect our children from pedophiles.”

Before adjourning early, the House overwhelmingly passed the measure. After the Senate unanimously passed the bill Wednesday, it now heads to the Governor’s desk.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.