Kid Friendly Bills Signed

St. Rep. Rich Glorioso (far left) and Gov. Crist signs the KidCare Bill
St. Rep. Rich Glorioso (far left) and others look on as Gov. Crist signs the KidCare bill
TAMPA (2009-06-02) -

The governor signed bills that expand health care to uninsured children and an advocacy program for kids in court. But, not all "kid friendly" bills got passed this year.

Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill that expands the Guardians Ad Litem court program which advocates for children.

He also signed the KidCare bill which opens access to state-subsidized health insurance.

State Rep. Rich Glorioso of Plant City estimates the easier enrollment will make coverage available for 50,000 of Florida's 800,000 uninsured children.

The KidCare bill passed unanimously in both the house and senate. But, Glorioso is disappointed at the senate's failure to pass a foster care bill that would have helped children being cared for by relatives.

"This bill would have given concurrent custody," Glorioso said. "It doesn't terminate parental rights. It just lets the people who have physical custody of those kids to take them to the doctor, sign them up for school."

Glorioso says there are 23,000 children being raised by relatives in Hillsborough County alone and almost 80 percent don't have legal rights.

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