House Passes Bill Inspired By Girl's Death
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A child protection bill filed in response to the death of an 11-year-old girl after chronic abuse has cleared the Florida House.
The bill (HB 803) passed unanimously Thursday. It now goes to the Senate where a similar measure (SB 2044) is awaiting a final committee hearing.
The Department of Children and Families proposed the legislation following the death of Nubia Barahona. Her decomposing body was found in her father's truck along an interstate in South Florida a year ago.
The bills include changes in abuse hotline procedures and training and higher pay for child abuse investigators.
There's also a requirement to fingerprint and conduct background checks on all over-18 members of households where children are placed and the creation of a central database for child abuse reports.
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