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Capitol: Juvi Jail, EpiPens, Sick Time

While the U.S. Supreme Court has limited life sentences for juveniles, a bill approved by a Senate committee would establish a minimum sentence of 50 years for juveniles convicted of murder, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Critics say that amounts to a life sentence.

Meantime, parents are hoping a House education committee will approve a measure that has already passed in the Senate to allow public schools to stock epinephrine injectors and administer them to any student who has an allergic reaction, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Right now, school nurses can only use an EpiPen on a student who has a prescription; a student who experiences their first allergic reaction to something at school wouldn’t be able to receive the possibly life-saving injection under current law.

In other legislative news, the Senate wants to prohibit local areas from mandating that businesses provide time off to employees who are sick, an issue that’s simmering in Orlando. Instead, lawmakers want a panel to create a statewide policy on sick leave, the Florida Current reports. 

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