Fixing the Jessica Lunsford Act
In their haste to protect youngsters from predators after the 2005 Jessica Lunsford murder, Florida lawmakers created some headaches for school districts charged with enforcing much of the resulting law. Here's just one example: the Pasco County school district couldn't find dentists willing to pay for the background check the law requires, leaving unused thousands of dollars set aside for poor youngsters to get dental checkups. The districts complained, and now, quietly, a bill is moving through Tallahassee that would fix the glitch (and some others). SB 988, which won unanimous Senate approval today, would exempt contractors who remain under the direct supervision of a district employee who has gone through the background check. A similar bill in the House (HB 7103) is awaiting final approval, perhaps as early as today.