Gov. Rick Scott was in Overtown Thursday to highlight millions in the state budget to help children who were victims of human trafficking.
This year’s state budget will spend $6 million to hire more advocates to help children during court cases. Another $3 million will pay for safe houses and rehabilitation for child victims of trafficking.
Scott also used the opportunity to talk about a new law that allows some undocumented immigrants access to in-state college tuition.
Homestead resident Mayra Rubio was in the audience during President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address and was hoping to hear about reforms that could change her life. She was an undocumented immigrant, though she is now a recipient of deferred action from U.S. authorities. While the president's speech said little about immigration, the state legislature is poised to pass a bill that will allow state colleges and universities to treat undocumented immigrants similar to in-state students and pay a lower tuition rate.
State Senate President Don Gaetz likes to introduce House Speaker Will Weatherford as the “taller, smarter, better-looking version of the Weatherford-Gaetz” duo. Their alliance has led to the quick passage of legislation like last year's ethics reform package and this year's sex offender bills. But on several education bills, the two diverge.