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Diabetes Training, Expansion Of Civil Citation Program Among New Florida Laws

MGN Online

27 bills are slated to take effect Thursday. They include new laws aimed at helping people with diabetes and delinquent juveniles.

One new law gives law enforcement the option of undergoing training for diabetic emergencies as part of their training curriculum.

“I would much rather have preferred it for it be required, but at this point, that’s what we could get through,” said Lena Young Green. “So, we went for it.”

Young Green is the widow of Arthur Green, who inspired the new law. He died last year, after authorities mistook him for a drunk driver and handcuffed him while he was having diabetic episode.

“It doesn’t bring my husband back, but there are 2.3 million Floridians that would help,” she added.

Another new law expands Florida’s juvenile civil citation program. It’s currently limited to first-time misdemeanors, but with new changes in places, law enforcement will be able to issue a warning or civil citation for low-risk offenses up to three times.

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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.