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Scott Tried to Gut Child-Safety Bill

The Florida Senate rejected a last-minute amendment supported by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that would have severely weakened a bill meant to overhaul child welfare laws,  the Miami Herald reports.

A 135-page amendment introduced by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla on behalf of the Department of Children and Families and Scott's office would have taken out some proposed reforms that he said were too expensive.

But after getting pushback, the Miami-Dade Republican withdrew the amendment, and the bill passed unanimously.

Meanwhile, Scott held a news conference Monday morning with DCF Child Protective Investigators in Jacksonville to tout his actions and spending on behalf of children. 

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