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Florida lawmaker seeks more controls over school lunch time exits

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The days of open high school campuses, where students could come and go as they please, are mostly a thing of the past.

But newly elected state Rep. Emily Slosberg, a Boca Raton Democrat, wants to add extra precautions, just in case. Slosberg has filed legislation to prevent students in school districts of 100,000 or more students from leaving school during lunch without written parent permission.

She calls the measure the "Mayra Capote Act," in recognition of a Hialeah teen who died in a 1999 crash when driving back to Hialeah Miami Lakes High after a midday lunch break. The girls mother began a fight to close school campuses during lunch after the accident.

Slosberg follows in the footsteps of her father, former Rep. Irv Slosberg, who fought for stricter traffic safety and seatbelt laws while in the Florida Legislature. Her bill currently does not have a Senate companion.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 8, 2016 1:32pm]


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