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At the Capitol: School Safety, Prisons, ALFs

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Florida is spending $64 million this year on a “Safe Schools” program, but school boards want $100 million more, according to The Florida Current.  

The Senate Education Committee Tuesday invited three county school superintendents to talk about what’s currently being done to keep schools safe and suggest ways to make schools safer.

Assisted living facilities in Florida are also under the microscope following the Miami Herald's 2011 "Neglected to Death" series, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The head of the Senate committee in charge of elder affairs vowed Tuesday to close the most dangerous ALFs and make tougher rules for the others.

A controversial idea pushed by the Florida Smart Justice Alliance urges Florida lawmakers to put nonviolent felons into privately operated prisons for substance abuse and mental health treatment.  The goal is to cut costs and prevent inmates from returning to crime when they are released.

The chair of the House Health Innovation Subcommittee says he wants to make it easier for companies in other states to offer health policies in Florida, according to The Florida Current.