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CFO Jimmy Patronis Statement on Passage of Human Trafficking Bill in Senate Subcommittee

2/16/2022

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO Jimmy Patronis Statement on Passage of Human Trafficking Bill in Senate Subcommittee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services’ favorable hearing of Senate Bill 1436, sponsored by Senator Garcia. Senate Bill 1436 directs the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking to develop human trafficking training for firesafety inspectors. This training will provide information on how to identify children that are at risk and steps that should be taken to prevent children from becoming victims of human trafficking.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Currently, Florida ranks third in the nation in reports to the national human trafficking hotline, which is unacceptable and a statistic that must be changed. If we can train the men and women who regularly inspect buildings to detect and recognize common indicators, we will have a great chance at fighting human trafficking throughout our state. This legislation is an important step in the right direction for victims and thank you to Senator Garcia for proposing this good bill. I would also like to thank Attorney General Moody and Representative Overdorf for their work on this important legislation.”
 
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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).