Advertisement
  1. Opinion

Hooper: Like its namesake, Jordan's Law deserved a chance to live

State Rep. Chris Latvala crafted a bill, Jordan’s Law, after speaking with doctors and experts about the death of Jordan Belliveau (pictured), the 2-year-old Largo boy who died last year. The bill passed the house unanimously but stalled in the senate. [Photo courtesy of the Warren family]
Published May 7

State Rep. Chris Latvala and I, along with Becca Tieder and communications expert Karla Mastracchio produce a podcast together. Chris and I disagree. Often.

But I believe in his efforts to add greater protections to our child welfare system. Latvala crafted a bill, Jordan's Law, after speaking with doctors and experts about the death of Jordan Belliveau, the 2-year-old Largo boy who died last year after police say his mother struck him in the head and left him for dead. If the provisions in the bill had been in place, Jordan might be alive today.

The bill passed the house unanimously but got stalled in the senate and failed to reach a vote on the floor of the higher chamber. Latvala said the senate never took it up because of politics and personality, not policy.

"If only dead toddlers could pay for powerful lobbyists that are close to certain senators, then maybe the Florida Senate would do something to protect these kids," Latvala said.

Latvala, usually affable, led with his heart on this bill. It's a shame people who claim to care for kids played games with the bill.. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Of Course I Can Handle It. I'm A Woman. …

The GOP leadership continued its years-long power grab with a series of laws that violate the spirit of the state constitution — and really all that's American. The will of the people has become a missing element in Tallahassee.

To name one, making it more difficult for Floridians to put constitutional amendments on the ballot will prove onerous. And don't get me started on the latest education initiatives.

People need to have long memories. Like an elephant.

That's all I'm saying.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland listens to the closing statement of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. ANDREW HARNIK  |  AP
    Trump’s ambassador provided clarity in the impeachment inquiry Wednesday.
  2. Kamalah Fletcher wears a medical mask over her face saying "No Coverage = Death" during a 2015 demonstration in Miami calling for Florida lawmakers to agree to Medicaid expansion. LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP
    Here’s what readers had to say in Thursday’s letters to the editor.
  3. Leonard Pitts undefined
    Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. rewrites a fairy tale for our times.
  4. David Straz Jr. passed away this week. JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The retired banker will be remembered for the range of his philanthropy.
  5. Lucia Hermo, with megaphone, leads chants during a rally against HB 314, the near-total ban on abortion bill, outside of the Alabama State House on Tuesday. [Photo by Mickey Welsh of the Montgomery Advertiser via AP]
    Here’s what readers had to say in Wednesday’s letters to the editor
  6.  Bill Day -- FloridaPolitics.com
  7. Jomari DeLeon, is pictured at at Gadsden Correctional Facility in Quincy, Florida August 7, 2019. Jomari is three years into a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking. She sold 48 tablets of prescription tablets over two days to an undercover officer. JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times
    Even Oklahoma, a state not famous for progressive reform, has done more than Florida to fix sentencing inequities, Carl Hiaasen writes.
  8. In this photo from June 28, 2019, a Coalition for Life St. Louis member waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member. ROBERT COHEN  |  AP
    Florida law already requires that parents be notified prior to an abortion, writes senior policy counsel at the ACLU of Florida.
  9. Students say the Pledge of Allegiance as thousands gather at a candlelight vigil for several students killed in the Saugus High School shooting in Central Park, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Santa Clarita, Calif. CAROLYN COLE  |  AP
    We doctors treat diseases, but what of the epidemic of gun violence, writes a St. Petersburg doctor.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement